Jarro-Dophilus EPS Higher Potency: A Shelf-Stable Probiotic Supplement

Jarro-Dophilus EPS Higher Potency is a shelf-stable probiotic supplement with 8 beneficial bacteria strains in it. It contains 25 billion CFU and the potency is guaranteed up to the stamped expiration date as long as the product is kept at room temperature or cooler. It comes in aluminum-sealed unit packaging which is waterproof and airtight.

Note that Jarrow also manufactures a product called “Jarro-Dophilus EPS” which contains 5 billion CFU and contains different probiotic organisms in it. The 2 products are not comparable.

What Does Jarro-Dophilus EPS Higher Potency Do?

This probiotic supplement is marketed to “improve the properties of the intestinal microflora, promote intestinal health and support immune response.” Exactly what is meant by providing support for immune response is not known. Dietary supplements such as probiotics can only label general structure/function claims as only an FDA approved drug can be marketed to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Marketing materials also say that 5 of the 8 strains are “well-characterized and have been shown to interact via multiple mechanisms of action with the intestinal tract and the microbial ecosystem within it.”

Based on the strains included in the product, this product should be able to live up to those claims assuming the proper amounts of each strain are included. Jarrow doesn’t specify how many CFU of each bacterium are present so it is not possible to draw any specific conclusions about how it helps.

Which Probiotics are in Jarro-Dophilus EPS Higher Potency?

According to Jarrow (and the package I have) at the time of this writing (late Feb. 2014), the 8 probiotic strains are:

  1. Bifidobacterium longum BB536
  2. Lactobacillus rhamnosus R0011
  3. Bifidobacterium animalis ssp lactis LAFTI B94
  4. Lactobacillus plantarum R1012
  5. Lactobacillus acidophilus La-14
  6. Lactobacillus helveticus R0052
  7. Lactobacillus casei R0215
  8. Bifidobacterium breve M-16V

The strains in this probiotic supplement are provided by 3 well-known probiotic suppliers: Danisco, Institut Rosell-Lallemand and Morinaga Milk Industry. The strains have origins in human, dairy, plant and unknown sources.

The vegetarian capsule is acid-resistant and is made from hydroxypropylmethylcellulose with a liquid-based enteric coating. I think it is one of the toughest capsules I have ever seen. The capsule size is larger than Culturelle.

How Does Jarro-Dophilus EPS Higher Potency Differ From Ultra Jarro-Dophilus?

Note that these differences are at the time this article was written. Always read product labels!

Here is what they have in common:

  • Ultra Jarro-Dophilus (UJD) and Jarro-Dophilus EPS Higher Potency (JDHP) are marketed by the same company, Jarrow Formulas.
  • Both share 4 of the same probiotic strains (BB536, R0011, La-14 and R0052).
  • Both source their probiotic strains from the same three companies.
  • Both are free from wheat, gluten, egg, fish/shellfish and peanuts/tree nuts.
  • Both have unknown quantities of each strain.
  • Both have 3 types of Bifidobacterium and both have strains from the lactis species (different strains), breve species (different strains) and longum species (same strain).
  • Both have an L. plantarum in them (different strains).
  • Both have an L. casei in them (different strains).

Here are some of the main differences:

  • UJD needs refrigeration; JDHP does not
  • UJD contains soy; JDHP contains soy and milk
  • UJD contains 50 billion CFU with 10 strains; JDHP contains 25 billion CFU from 8 strains
  • JDHP does not contain L. paracasei or L. salivarius
  • UJD has the probiotics in a gel-forming matrix; JDHP uses a more resistant capsule to protect the probiotics.
  • UJD is designed to “restore, protect and maintain a balanced intestinal flora” whereas JDHP is designed to go beyond that to also enhance intestinal health and support immune response. I would guess that the relative amounts of the different strains in the two products are different and that is why Jarrow labels different structure/function claims.
  • JDHP has an aqueous enteric coating, which is probably a polymer (plastic-like) designed to disintegrate in the pH of the small intestine.

What Allergens are Present in Jarro-Dophilus EPS Higher Potency?

At this time, the product contains dairy and soy. Whether that soy is GMO or non-GMO is currently being investigated by Jarrow. If the product is completely non-GMO then according to the company representative I contacted, that information will be on the label in the future.

The supplement also contains potato starch, vegetable magnesium stearate and vitamin C.

As always, please read ingredient statements before taking any product.

This supplement at this time contains NO:

•    Wheat
•    Gluten
•    Egg
•    Fish/shellfish
•    Peanuts
•    Tree nuts

Does It Need to be Refrigerated?

According to the company, no, refrigeration is not required to maintain potency. However, refrigeration will extend the shelf-life. I always recommend refrigerating probiotics unless the manufacturer directly says not to so that the maximum numbers of microbes are preserved.

Where to Purchase Jarro-Dophilus EPS Higher Potency?

It can be purchased:

In the US from: Amazon.com

In the United Kingdom from: Amazon.co.uk

Nearly worldwide from: Vitacost

Is Jarro-Dophilus EPS Higher Potency the Right Probiotic Supplement for You?

If you need help deciding if this is a possible supplement for you, nutritional consultations can help.

I believe that it is a quality-made, high-potency, multi-strain supplement that uses documented strains from reputable suppliers. The enteric coating is questionable, however.

Without knowing the numbers of each strain in the product, it is not possible to speculate on specific effects beyond Jarrow’s claims to “improve the properties of the intestinal microflora, promote intestinal health and support immune response."

Understand that Jarrow is not the only company that does not disclose the amounts of each microbe. Many companies do not even disclose the strains that are in their products, so I appreciate Jarrow providing that information.

One Other Note

If you decide to take this supplement, I would combine the health benefits of Jarro-Dophilus EPS Higher Potency with the benefits provided by:


Other Probiotic Supplement Reviews

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