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Probiotics FAQ

ORGANIC INDIA USA/Catherine Zummer
Wednesday, March 21, 2018


You may have heard about the buzzing ingredient in our new Wellness Teas; probiotics! Still based in our beloved Tulsi, Holy Basil, our new Wellness Teas combine probiotics and adaptogens to support immune and digestive functions.

The probiotic strain, GanedenBC30, can be found in two products in our Prevention™ Wellness Line: Immunity and Balance.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are probiotics?

Let's take it back to the basics.

Probiotics are bacteria that are considered beneficial to human health. It is important to note that the human body is comprised of more bacterial cells than human cells, so maintaining an appropriate balance of “good” and “bad” bacteria is essential to human health!

Can’t I just eat yogurt to get probiotics?

In short; not enough.

In a study testing how well the probiotics found in both GanedenBC30 and yogurt could survive in a simulated stomach – after two hours in an environment with a pH of 2.0, GanedenBC30 cells were delivered ten times more effectively than those found in yogurt cultures.

In addition to surviving the gastric environment, GanedenBC30 has also been clinically shown to survive harsh processing environments, including water that has been boiled for several minutes. This incredible strain is therefore capable of being brewed with herbs to make infusions without any risk of losing its benefits.

Is BC30 a soil-based organism?

Discovered in milk powder, BC30 is not a “soil based” organism.

Does BC30 contain any allergens?

BC30 is free from all major allergens, including dairy, soy, gluten, eggs, shellfish, nuts, and peanuts.

Is the probiotic strain stable in varied temperatures?

Yes! This is an essential benefit of the BC30 strain used in our teas. Because this strain is so resilient, it can withstand the manufacturing process, the hot tea brewing process, and survive until it is
able to deliver probiotic benefit to your gut!

How is the BC30 used for these teas produced?

B. coagulans is produced through a natural fermentation process, after which the probiotic spores are dried onto organic inulin, a single ingredient carrier.

Is BC30 safe for long term consumption?

In short, yes!

Bacillus coagulans has been subjected to significant safety testing that has been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. The authors of one paper, after a comprehensive panel of toxicological safety testing, concluded: “Based upon scientific procedures and supported by history of use, GanedenBC30™ is considered safe for chronic human consumption.” The US FDA has allowed a GRAS (generally regarded as safe status for use in people from full term infants to adults. BC30 has been studied on immunocompromised populations with no ill effects, rather BC30 demonstrated an immune system supportive effect. BC30 modulates the immune system, it does not spike it.

Our safety level is 96 billion CFU a day and our efficacy level is 500 million CFU/day for probiotic and immune support and 1 billion CFU/day for digestive support and protein utilization. The Balance tea has 1 billion CFU to support healthy digestion and the Immunity tea 500 million CFU to support immune health.

Does BC30 colonize the gut, or does it have potential to “take over” other beneficial gut bacteria?

The short answer is no.

Bacillus coagulans is a transient, or mobile, bacteria that stays in the GI tract for approximately 7 days after being consumed; for this reason, it is a beneficial bacterium that must be consumed on a regular basis to observe consistent and prolonged health benefits. As a transient bacterium, B. coagulans does not compete against other good bacteria for colonization and will leave the GI tract after seven days of non-consumption.

Bacillus coagulans germinates in both the small and large intestine. Specifically, BC30 creates lactic acid in the digestive tract, making it more hospitable to friendly probiotic bacteria and less hospitable to some bad bacteria. In addition to this creation of lactic acid, BC30 can also create beneficial compounds known as bacteriocins, which are known to reduce bad bacteria.

Another thing to be aware of is that the average gut cell gets replaced every 2-4 days, because the gastrointestinal tract is constantly renewing itself. This helps explain why you can’t take a probiotic just one time that “colonizes” and provides prolonged benefits. After a few days, even if the probiotic cell adhered to the gut lining, it would be removed as part of the gut cell recycling our bodies do. The colony wouldn’t last long, and would need to be constantly replaced by other probiotics from capsules.

How does BC30 increase protein utilization?

It increases digestion of food, and allows for greater absorption of some nutrients from food as it is more completely digested prior to assimilation into the bloodstream via the small intestine. BC30 has been clinically shown to significantly increase the absorption of protein vs. placebo of both plant and animal protein sources. In addition to this nutrient absorption benefit, the strain used in our Prevention Wellness Teas has also been clinically shown to support digestive health and immune health at doses each tea is formulated to deliver.

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benefits. Behind our collaboration is the intention to empower you on your path to wellness. Enjoy!

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