So, my research into the fascinating world of probiotics continues...
The more I learn about these amazing forms of bacteria the more frustrated I become with the commercial brands that are available to the general public. Most probiotic brands are contract-manufactured. This means that sometimes the person who developed the formula and wrote the label may not be all that experienced in the field of probiotics. So I've been on the hunt for a good source for a while now. I've blogged about Natren probiotics before and I still really like their product. However, they are limited to just four different strains of bacteria and I'd like to branch out because each bacteria has different benefits and the more you switch them around the more likely you are to hit upon one that gives you greater benefits and faster results.
I've mentioned before that bacteria are competitive. So if you blend different strains of bacteria they will often compete with each other. Upon further research it seems some strains are more aggressive while others will play nice. Lactobacillus casei is one strain that is very aggressive and will compete heavily with other bacteria. That's another reason why I don't use BioKult, the strain originally formulated by Dr. Natasha which contains L. casei. Research into probiotics is ongoing and we are learning new things all the time. I also don't like to use soil based organisms as this has been a controversial topic among probiotic manufacturers. Many of these spore-forming soil-based organisms can become just as pathogenic as the strains we are trying to get rid of. I'd rather play it safe with a sensitive digestive system. If my client wants to try soil-based organisms once some significant healing has occurred I'm okay with that. But not in the beginning.
GutPro is an custom probiotic I've been investigating that was formulated with GAPS in mind. Here's what I like about this product:
One bottle of GutPro powder contains 12 TRILLION colony-forming units of bacteria. So that means at a therapeutic dose an adult would only need to take 1/32 tsp. This means there are 480 servings per bottle. A child would need even less, 1/64 tsp. Luckily the company also provides measuring spoons so you don't have to try and figure out how to get 1/64 of a teaspoon. An adult would need a smidgen and a child just a drop. The retail cost for a bottle of GutPro powder costs $155. Pretty steep for only 60 grams but again, you're getting at least 480 servings. I am only going to recommend this product if you have already reached your therapeutic dosage as a replacement for the Trenev Trio product from Natren. If you are just starting out on GAPS, stick with the Natren Superdophilus, Bifidophilus, and/or Bulgaricum. This should be a significant cost savings over Trenev Trio at $62.95 for only 30 servings. Hmmm, $2 per serving or 32 cents per serving?
The GutPro capsules contain 600 Billion CFU's (colony-forming units). So you'd have to get 20 bottles of GutPro capsules to equal what you get in one bottle of GutPro powder. Each capsule contains 5 billion CFU's. There are two extra ingredients required to encapsulate it and remember that capsules won't provide any benefit to the ear, nose and throat. This might be a good option if you prefer capsules, don't have upper digestive issues, or would like to remain on just a maintenance level dosage of 10-billion bacteria. One bottle gives a single person a two-month supply at 2 capsules per day for $49.95.
To Your Health!
Note - At this time I am not going to recommend GutPro for anyone under the age of four. Stick with the LifeStart Powder from Natren. On occasion I may recommend the Superdophilus powder, Bifidonate powder or Bulgaricum powder from Natren as well.
Kathryn Doran-Fisher is a Traditional Naturopath, Certified GAPS Practitioner and owner of Elder & Sage.