Earths Pearl Probiotic is a probiotic supplement containing 4 billion CFU’s of 5 strains in a time-released spherical tablet. Its label claims it is “The World’s Best Probiotic." It is marketed by a US company in Oregon to:
The exact strains are not listed, but the species are:
The other ingredients at the time of this writing are 25 mg of FOS, microcrystalline cellulose, hydroxypropyl methylcullulose, pectin, stearic acid, sodium carbonate, guar gum, and turmeric (for color). The stearic acid is a flow agent to make the tablets glide over equipment easier. The sodium carbonate is used to control the pH inside the tablet and around the disintegrating tablet in your intestine. The remaining ingredients in Earths Pearl Probiotic make up the time-release aspects of the tablet.
Please verify ingredients of any supplement prior to taking it!
The manufacturer’s recommended dosage is 1 pearl daily at any time. For advanced immune health, up to 3 pearls may be taken daily at any time. The product is not meant to be crushed or chewed because that would invalidate the time-release aspect of it.
The pros of this probiotic supplement as I see them are:
As of January, 2016, this product has 4.5 out of 5 stars for 813 customer reviews on Amazon.
Some helpful positive reviews from verified purchasers stated:
“I've suffered with "IBS" for years and have tried prescription drugs, herbal remedies, acupuncture, and a number of different brand probiotics. I am on a low FODMAP diet, which helped, but still had bloating, gas, and abdominal pain. This product has drastically improved my symptoms and seems to have regulated my GI system. I can't believe how much better I feel in the few weeks I've been taking this. As a customer and health care professional, I highly recommend this product!” 3/25/15
“…I usually take them every afternoon with my lunch (salad) and I have less digestive issues than I used to. My stomach doesn't make weird "I'm trying to digest all these vegetables" noises and I'm experiencing much less gas. Not sure if it's related or not, but I just had a cold that I got over quicker than normal and I'm thinking it may have something to do with the immune help from the probiotics. I haven't done anything else different.
The pearls are very easy to swallow and have no taste…” 1/15/15
The cons of this lactic-acid bacteria probiotic supplement as I see them are:
Some helpful negative reviews from verified purchasers stated:
"I took these for about five weeks (well into my second bottle) and didn't notice much change but because I take many medications for a neuro disease, I thought it would be a good idea to take a daily probiotic. After the five or so weeks past, I started doing a cleanse and these pills came out completely whole... Several of them at a time for days. Then I had days of what looked like "egg shells" in my stools and I finally figured out that it was the outside of these pills and they must have been stuck my intestinal wall for over a month's time. I discontinued taking them right away because clearly they weren't doing me any good...” 11/10/15
“I had no success with this product, unfortunately. It didn't help with regularity at all for me. I tried it for over a month, but they never worked. The pills are sphere shaped too, and I practicality choked on them daily. Very disappointing.” 12/22/15
If you would like help in deciding if this is the right probiotic supplement for you, you may consider nutritional consultations with me. This product is similar to Hyperbiotics PRO-15 in that it uses the BIO-Tract® technology from Nutraceutix, but the PRO-15 has 10 other species and a total of 15 billion CFU. Since BIO-Tract® is a patented process, I would guess that Nutraceutix actually does the manufacturing for Earths Pearl.
The claim that it is “The World’s Best Probiotic Supplement” is a matter of opinion of the manufacturer, not fact.
Thanks to Becky for suggesting a review of this supplement!
If you decide to take this supplement, I would combine the health benefits of it with the benefits provided by:
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