Probiotics are all the rage these days. Let’s spend a little time digging into these health-promoting powerhouses and how we chose the probiotic for Gut Power™ Drinks.
What are Probiotics?
According to the World Health Organization, probiotics are defined as “live microorganisms which when consumed in adequate amounts as part of food confer a health benefit on the host.”
Interest in probiotics has exploded over the past decade, and for good reason -- these little bugs can be quite beneficial for your health.
But did you know that the particular strain of probiotic is the determining factor in whether a probiotic is beneficial or...useless?
Let’s back up and talk about probiotic strains.
What is a Probiotic Strain?
When you see a probiotic listed on a product label, it should contain three different “names.” These include the genus, species, and strain of the probiotic. Check out the image below to see the different parts of a probiotic name.
Unfortunately, most probiotic supplements on the market only tell you up to the species level, so instead of the label reading Bacillus coagulans GBI-30 6086, it would only say “Bacillus coagulans.”
While you might think that’s no big deal, it’s actually a very big deal.
That’s because probiotic effects are strain-specific -- that means that one probiotic strain might act in a completely different way than another strain of the same species.
Probiotic Strain-Specific Effects
Take Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG, for example -- a highly-studied strain that has a whole host of benefits, including preventing antibiotic-associated diarrhea, C.difficile treatment, and promoting intestinal barrier function.
If you were looking to prevent the diarrhea commonly associated with taking antibiotics, you’d want Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG, whereas if you often get UTIs, you’d want to take Lactobacillus rhamnosus PB01.
Starting to get the idea?
We have to be very careful with our probiotic selection to ensure we’re getting the benefits we want!
Why We Use Bacillus coagulans GBI-30 6086 for Gut Power™ Drinks
So why did we choose Bacillus coagulans GBI-30 6086?
Well, we wanted something that was specifically beneficial for both digestive and immune health. In addition to that, we knew we wanted a probiotic strain that was heat-stable so that you could make our drinks hot or cold and still enjoy the benefits of taking a live probiotic.
That led us to Bacillus coagulans GBI-30 6086!
Bacillus coagulans GBI-30 6086 has been clinically-studied and proven to support both digestive and immune health when taken in conjunction with a healthy diet and lifestyle.
But don’t just take our word for it -- check out the research section below to see the latest research on this special strain!