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.
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.
According to Jarrow (and the package I have) at the time of this writing (late Feb. 2014), the 8 probiotic strains are:
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.
Note that these differences are at the time this article was written. Always read product labels!
Here is what they have in common:
Here are some of the main differences:
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:
• Tree nuts
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.
It can be purchased:
In the US from: Amazon.com
In the United Kingdom from: Amazon.co.uk
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.
If you decide to take this supplement, I would combine the health benefits of Jarro-Dophilus EPS Higher Potency with the benefits provided by:
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