Ultra Jarro-Dophilus: Is it the Ultimate Supplement?

Ultra Jarrow Dophilus

Ultra Jarro-Dophilus is a potent 50 billion CFU probiotic supplement with 10 beneficial bacteria strains in it.

This supplement is marketed to “restore, protect and maintain a balanced intestinal flora.”

Which Probiotic Strains Are in Ultra Jarro-Dophilus?

According to Jarrow at the time of this writing (March, 2016), the 10 probiotic strains are:

  1. Lactobacillus acidophilus La-14
  2. Lactobacillus rhamnosus R0011
  3. Lactobacillus helveticus R0052
  4. Lactobacillus casei Lc-11
  5. Lactobacillus paracasei Lpc-37
  6. Lactobacillus plantarum Lp-115
  7. Lactobacillus salivarius Ls-33
  8. Bifidobacterium lactis Bl-04
  9. Bifidobacterium breve Bb-03
  10. Bifidobacterium longum BB536

The strains have origins in human, dairy, plant and unknown sources.

What Other Ingredients are Present in
Ultra Jarro-Dophilus?

The other ingredients at the time of this writing are sodium alginate (gel-forming protection derived from algae), calcium phosphate, tapioca starch, maltodextrin, silicon dioxide (anti-clumping agent), magnesium stearate (vegetable source flow agent), vitamin C and an acid-resistant vegetarian capsule of hydroxypropylmethylcellulose.

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

What is the Recommended Dosage of
Ultra Jarro-Dophilus?

The manufacturer suggested usage is 1 capsule per day, with water, during or shortly after a meal, or as directed by your qualified health care professional.

What Are The Pros of Ultra Jarro-Dophilus?

  • It is a multi-species product with the strains identified.
  • It is a high-potency probiotic supplement containing more strains and a higher total CFU than most probiotic supplements.
  • This supplement is marketed to “restore, protect and maintain a balanced intestinal flora. Based on the strains included in the product, this product should be able to live up to those claims if the proper amounts of each strain are included.
  • The vegetarian acid-resistant capsule, and the integration of the probiotic strains with a gel-forming matrix, increase the survival of viable cells through the stomach and the intestinal tract. The matrix provides protection against stomach and bile acids. 
  • This supplement at this time contains NO wheat, gluten, dairy, egg, fish/shellfish, peanuts or tree nuts.
  • A minimum of 50 billion viable cells is guaranteed if this product is kept refrigerated and within before the Best Used Before Date.

According to the Vitacost website, this product has 4.6 stars out of 5 from 7 customer reviews. A sampling of the reviews shows:

"I like this product a lot! It has all of the features that I require of a probiotic.
It is high potency (50 bil)
It is coated so that it get through the stomach acid undigested and delivered to the intestine where it belongs
It is multi strain (10)
Jarrow make sure that they keep and ship this product refrigerated so you can know that it did not sit in some hot warehouse and die.
For the price this is an excellent product." - April 15, 2015

"Best product I have ever used, gets rid of that bloated feeling. I can't be sure, but I think it has really helped my immune system!" - 9/16/15

On Amazon, a weighted-average from 3 different suppliers and 48 reviews yields 4.4 out of 5 stars, and some positive verified-purchases say:

"Perfect for someone who has bad acid reflux. This product has darn near cured my heartburn." 12/29/14

"They worked wonders. I couldn't go to the bathroom as a result of the medications I was/am taking. This made it happen without pain or issue." - 10/8/15

"I have been using this for over 6 months and my digestive health, immunity and regularity have improved tremendously." - 8/25/15

What Are The Cons of Ultra Jarro-Dophilus?

  • This supplement is marketed to “restore, protect and maintain a balanced intestinal flora. Unfortunately, Jarrow doesn’t specify how many CFU of each bacterium are present to know which has the dominant effects.
  • At this time, this product contains traces of 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.
  • This supplement also contains maltodextrin from non-GMO corn and tapioca starch, both relatively simple carbohydrates.
  • It also contains anti-clumping and flow agents which may be undesirable for some people.
  • Like many probiotic supplements, refrigeration of this product is required to maintain potency. I always recommend refrigerating probiotics unless the manufacturer directly says not to so that the maximum numbers of microbes are preserved.
  • No studies with the supplement as a whole have been performed, although this is not unusual. When whole-supplement studies are available, they better clarify who may benefit from a supplement,

A 3-star review from the Vitacost website says:

"I got this based on the fact that it had 10 different strains and 50 billion but it has not done much for me. Guess not every product works for everyone. Its not cheap so I will finish this bottle not order the next one." - 10/23/15

Some negative verified-purchase reviews from Amazon say:

"Couldn't feel a difference when taking it. Wasn't happy." - 6/22/15

"I bought Ultra Jarrow-Dophilus at Whole Foods with the idea to help my 16 year old daughter better digest the food and get rid of bloating that she was constantly suffering of in the last couple of years. The product was refrigerated when I bought it and I kept it refrigerated, thus I believe that the content was as fresh as it should be. My daughter took one capsule a day, for six days. After first couple of days, she felt some minor stomach upsets, but we thought that this should be a normal reaction at the initial time, so she continued taking the capsules. On day 6, she started feeling very nauseous and developed a severe diarrhea, which lasted for several days. She lost 10 pounds (and she was already skinny), thus this whole experience was very unpleasant and dangerous for her. I believe that the dosage of 40 billion bacterias per capsule was too strong for her. I recommend taking extra care with this product since it can be dangerous." 3-30-11

Where to Purchase Ultra Jarro-Dophilus?

Request that this supplement be shipped with a cold pack. Be careful because many Amazon shippers do not store or ship product cold. It can be purchased from:

Is This the Right Probiotic Supplement for You?

Nutrition consultations can help you decide if this supplement is right for you or if there is a better option.

I believe that it is a quality-made, high-potency, multi-strain supplement that uses documented strains from reputable suppliers. Without knowing the numbers of each strain in the product, it is not possible to speculate on specific effects beyond Jarrow’s claims to “restore, protect and maintain a balanced intestinal flora."

You may wish to read my review of a Jarrow shelf-stable probiotic supplement, Jarro-Dophilus EPS Higher Potency.

One Other Note

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

Thank you, Dr. Vaquera, for suggesting a review of this product! :)

Other Probiotic Supplement Reviews

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