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Myth #10 Probiotic microbes for people must be sourced from people.

Myth #10 Probiotic microbes for people must be sourced from people.

It is true that many probiotic microbes have been obtained from human sources. But many very important and beneficial probiotic microbes used by humans have come from animal sources, from traditional fermented foods, plant origins, and elsewhere.

The important factors in selecting a microbe for human use are: 1. Proven probiotic characteristics. 2. A capacity to survive the rigors of the upper GI tract (stomach acid & bile). 3. No haemolytic characteristics. 4. No unwanted antibiotic resistance.

CONCLUSION: So where does this leave someone who wants a really good probiotic?

Once you know the probiotic myths, it is much easier to identify the characteristics of a product with the capacity to produce beneficial effects: 

  1. A fresh, live product, i.e., not freeze-dried or chemically preserved.
  2. The minimum number of live microbes must be guaranteed through the entire shelf life period.
  3. A product containing multiple strains of microbes with proven probiotic characteristics
  4. A product that contains beneficial metabolites (organic acids, etc.) produced by the probiotic microbes

Only LiveBrew meets all of the criteria set out above. LiveBrew is also the only fresh, live and active multi-strain probiotic product that does not require refrigeration prior to opening while guaranteeing a billion CFU/Lactobacilli in every dose throughout the entire 9-month shelf life.

Myth #9 Probiotic microbes colonise the gut

Myth #9 Probiotic microbes colonise the gut

A popular misconception is that probiotic microbes colonise the gut on a durable/permanent basis. This is simply not true. Probiotic microbes tend to persist in the gut for several days to a week. An exception to this can be bifidobacteria given in early infancy.

There is some limited evidence that these may become part of the gut flora in the infant on a longer-term basis. But for the overwhelming majority of people the persistence of supplemented probiotic microbes in the gut extends out to a maximum of about a week.

Myth #8 Multi-strain just means different freeze-dried bacteria mixed together

Myth #8 Multi-strain just means different freeze-dried bacteria mixed together

Most freeze-dried probiotic products have a seemingly impressive list of microbes listed on the label. The assertion is then made that the product is ‘multi-strain’. While this is true in a very limited sense, it is really sidestepping the whole reason why a consumer would want a multi-strain product in the first place.

 In the real world, microbes are never alone, they never live only among their own species/strain. Microbes are always in vast communities with friends and competitors engaged in an eternal struggle for survival. Very early in the development of probiotics, it was observed that cultures containing several different microbes tended to outperform cultures containing only a single strain. These observations were generally on live active cultures, not just blends of various powdered freeze-dried bacteria.