(Learn more about CFU here.)
The company representative I spoke with said that they start with 58-62 billion CFU so that at the end of the shelf life there will be at least 30 billion, and more like 33 billion CFU.
The representative said that the company did a 2-year live (meaning under normal conditions) to verify that there were at least 30 billion CFU per capsule at the end of that time period.
The recommended serving is 1 to 2 capsules before or with a meal.
These strains are blended in the proportions that they desire and packaged in capsules at an GMP-certified (good manufacturing practices) and NSF-certified encapsulation facility. These certifications show attention to details and standards.
According to their website at the time of this writing, the 8 non-GMO strains and their potencies, per capsule, are:
“But wait,” you say, “what the heck are Bifidobacillus breve, Bifidobacillus longum and Bifidobacillus rhamnosus? Those aren’t covered on this website!”
Those are pseudo-names, not the real names of the strains. I don’t understand why manufacturers create confusion! The real names are:
Again, according to their website, and also to the company representative that I spoke to, Healthy Origins Probiotic contains NO:
There are no preservatives, artificial flavors or artificial colors.
Other ingredients include a vegetable capsule (cellulose, water), microcrystalline cellulose, vegetable magnesium stearate and silicon dioxide.
According to the company, the product is shelf-stable and does not need to be refrigerated. However, I always recommend refrigerating probiotics unless the manufacturer directly says not to so that the maximum numbers of microbes are preserved.
On their website, the supplement comes in bottles of 7, 60 or 150 vegetarian capsules. Less expensive options may be at:
Or for nearly worldwide shipping, Vitacost
Nutritional consultations can help you determine if this supplement is right for you. It is a quality-made, multi-strain supplement that uses minimal additives and that is suitable for people with allergies and sensitivities to common supplement ingredients. It doesn't appear that the ingredients are third-party verified or in-house verified, however.
I really appreciate the transparency of information about this supplement so that consumers know what they are getting.
If you decide to take this supplement, I would combine the health benefits of Healthy Origins Probiotic with the benefits provided by:
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