GutPro by Organic 3, Inc., a company based in Michigan, USA, is a multi-strain probiotic marketed to “provide essential elements for digestive health, without certain bacteria strains and additives that can irritate some people.”
It is also is marketed to be based on research gathered from gut-health promoting communities such as GAPS Diet (Gut and Psychology Syndrome), Body Ecology Diet, GFCFSF, Autism/PDD-NOS and PANDAS/PNAS. The website says that it is not meant to treat any specific medical condition nor is it designed to be compliant with any specific diet.
I was confused at first trying to figure out the connection between Organic3, other GAPS websites and the aforementioned communities, especially for the GAPS diet. Here is what I found out: Gut and Psychology Syndrome™ is the trademark and copyright of Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride. She developed the GAPS Nutritional Protocol, wrote the book, Gut and Psychology Syndrome: Natural Treatment for Autism, Dyspraxia, A.D.D., Dyslexia, A.D.H.D., Depression, Schizophrenia, and has the website, http://www.doctor-natasha.com/index.php. She also authored many articles and another book.
The website http://www.gutandpsychologysyndrome.com and GutPro are owned by Organic3, not by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, although her picture is at the bottom of the webpages. The www.gapsdiet.com is also an independent, privately-owned company which is separate from Dr. Campbell-McBride, but they distribute her book, Gut and Psychology Syndrome, as well as offer products which are supported by the GAPS Nutritional Protocol.
Therefore, my understandings are that the GutPro supplement and the non-Dr. Natasha websites are not specifically endorsed by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, and that GutPro complements information in the GAPS and other communities but is not specifically endorsed by them. However, GutPro is GAPS compliant.
The bacteria used are said to be “thoroughly researched, documented and banked in recognized microbial culture collections.” There are eight different bacteria in the powder and capsule supplements, although the strains are not designated:
The capsules have the same bacteria, although the gasseri and salivarius are switched in the order of listing.
The infant powder (manufacturer recommended ages 3 months-2+ years old) does not contain L. plantarum and 50% of the formula is B. infantis. The L. plantarum
is omitted because the international food standards (Codex
Alimentarius) of the World Health Organization
(http://www.fao.org/fao-who-codexalimentarius/standards/en/) states that
only L-lactate should be in infant formulations. L. plantarum
produces both L- and D-lactate. Debate on the restriction of D-lactate
in infants and its potential to cause acidosis continues.
The order of the bacteria in the infant powder are:
The other ingredients at the time of this writing are:
Please verify ingredients of any supplement prior to taking it.
For the capsules, one adult serving is 2 capsules per day providing 10 billion CFU. The capsules should not be opened. The child serving is 1 capsule per day, assuming the child is able to safely swallow the capsule.
For the GutPro powder, one adult serving is 1/32 teaspoon providing 25+ billion CFU. Each bottle has 240 adult servings. The child serving is half of the adult one, or 1/64 teaspoon. For convenience in measuring such a small amount, Organic 3 sells a custom set of measuring spoons.
For the infant powder, the dosage is 1/64 teaspoon containing 6+ billion CFU.
The pros of this probiotic supplement as I see them are:
There are a few practitioner (including GAPS practitioners) and a couple of consumer favorable reviews on their website:
“I received the package well protected with insulated packaging and an ice pack that I paid extra for. I started out with 1/2 the child’s dose, “drop”, building up the a full “drop” serving at the end of a week. I am now at a full “smidgen” one week later. I started these probiotics due to a systemic yeast infection that I suspect I have had for years. I am experiencing ‘die-off” symptoms: chills, extreme fatigue, etc. Each day they are less and I look forward to feeling normal eventually. I am watching my diet and curtailing sugar consumption. I bought this product mainly because it was gluten and corn free, which I am intolerant on both. I also liked that I could control my dosing-no capsules. This is the first time I have taken probiotics daily, I probably will continue from now on. I have other issues, insomnia and acid reflux that seem to be resolving and I am hopeful they will go away.” 3/26/16
“GutPro is powerful stuff and does its job, but treat it with respect. I had to start even more slowly than recommended, and increase more slowly, too, because it's so effective.” 3/28/16
“This probiotic heals my leaky gut. My problems are not cured, but they are lessened.” 4/17/16
“I have tried more than a few brands and I always come back to GutPro. The best analogy I can think of is that it's like comparing $400 shoes to $10 shoes. There is just a world of difference in comfort and quality. With a child with many food intolerances and allergies and another with PDD-NOS, it really helps me that this has no fillers and everyone in the family can take it together.” 5/23/16
There were no unfavorable reviews.
The cons of this probiotic supplement as I see them are:
If you would like help in determining if this probiotic supplement is right for you, please consider nutritional consultations with me. A supplement is just that: supplemental to other healthy lifestyle factors. A supplement should not replace good eating habits and taking care of oneself and nutrition consultations can certainly help with those.
The powder is a high potency supplement. All GutPro products have "safe" species of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, have a nice third-party verification, are free of most allergens and are packaged and shipped properly. I appreciate the care in handling and shipping that Organic3 utilizes.
Thanks to Christine for suggesting a review of this probiotic 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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