Leaf Origin Essential Cultures Probiotic Supplement

Leaf Origin Essential Cultures is a multi-species probiotic supplement

As of January, 2017, it appears that this product is no longer available from the manufacturer.

Leaf Origin Essential Cultures probiotic supplement is a 30 billion CFU product containing 15 strains of freeze-dried bacteria. It is marketed to support intestinal and immune health.

What Probiotic Strains are in Leaf Origin Essential Cultures?

There are 15 different probiotic strains in this product:

  1. Lactobacillus acidophilus
  2. Bifidobacterium lactis
  3. Lactobacillus plantarum
  4. Lactobacillus rhamnosus
  5. Lactobacillus casei
  6. Lactobacillus salivarius
  7. Lactobacillus bulgaricus
  8. Bifidobacterium breve
  9. Lactobacillus paracasei
  10. Lactococcus lactis
  11. Streptococcus thermophilus
  12. Lactobacillus breve
  13. Bifidobacterium bifidum
  14. Bifidobacterium longum
  15. Bifidobacterium infantis

What are the Other Ingredients in Leaf Origin Essential Cultures? 

The other ingredients at the time of this writing are rice maltodextrin, anhydrous dextrose (glucose sugar), vegetable cellulose and stearic acid. The amounts of the sugars and starches is unknown. Please verify ingredients of any supplement prior to taking it.

What is the Recommended Dosage of Leaf Origin Essential Cultures?

The recommended dosage of this product is 1 capsule per day.

What are the Pros of Leaf Origin Essential Cultures? 

The pros of this probiotic supplement as I see them are:

  • Multi-species
  • The species included are generally known to help with intestinal and immune health.
  • Contains NO gluten, lactose, artificial binders or fillers, or magnesium stearate
  • Vegetarian
  • Produced under GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) conditions in the US
  • Third-party verification of each finished batch for quality, purity and potency.
  • Shelf-stable
  • 90-day full money-back guarantee.

What are the Cons of This Probiotic Supplement?

The cons of this probiotic supplement as I see it are:

  • Only the species are given; you don't know which strains are in the product since the information is proprietary.
  • Only the total CFU is given; you don't know how much of each species is present.
  • The total CFU is at the time of manufacture, not at expiration, so you don't know if you are really getting the amount listed on the label by the time you take it.
  • Since neither the strains nor the amounts of each strain are listed, it is not possible to predict what effects on intestinal and immune health this product will have.
  • The amounts of the sugar and starch are not known.
  • No studies with this supplement as a whole supplement have been performed to my knowledge. Note that this is not unusual, however. Very few multi-species probiotic supplements are used in studies. Instead, species and strains that are show to be effective are mixed together in most multi-species supplements such as this one. Whether or not the strains compete with each other in a laboratory setting is not known since we don’t know which strains are in it.
  • The studies that are referenced for the product may or may not actually contain the bacteria in this product and may or may not have them at the studied amounts. Therefore, the referenced studies are meaningless.
  • Compared to other multi-species probiotic supplements, this one contains a high number of total CFU of 30 billion per capsule, but with 15 different strains, some of those strains may have negligible amounts. There is no way to know.
  • Sold only online.

Where to Find Leaf Origin Essential Cultures?

As of January, 2017, it appears that this product is no longer available from the manufacturer, Leaf Origins.

Is Leaf Origin Essential Cultures the Right Supplement for YOU?

Only you can decide if this probiotic supplement is right for you. It has mixed reviews on Amazon.com.

It is shelf-stable and has a high starting number of beneficial bacteria at the time of manufacture, but more strains is not necessarily better, especially if the numbers are low. Also, there is no shelf-stability information to know how many CFU are left at the time of expiration. I called the company to get more information but was repeatedly directed to the website.

Thanks to Linda for suggesting a review of this supplement!

One Other Note

If you decide to take this supplement, I would combine the health benefits of it with the benefits provided by:

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