While not as well-known as it should be, the critical role our gut plays in immune support is not new. More than 70% of our immune system resides in our gut. Our intestines contain more immune cells than the rest of our body. Probiotics—friendly bacteria—help support a healthy digestive and immune system.
How probiotics work: multi-tasking immune support
Probiotics help support immune health in a number of ways. They keep our digestive system functioning efficiently so that our body can extract and utilize the nutrients from the food we eat. You may live by leafy greens and lean protein, but if your digestive tract needs support, you may be losing many of the good nutrients you’re taking in.
Trillions of tiny organisms live in our gut in a community called the microbiome. Good bacteria live in the microbiome and, support a healthy, balanced gut. However, life happens. Lots of things can influence the microbial balance, including a diet high in sugar and processed food, environmental factors, occasional stress, and just simply natural aging.
This is where probiotics come in to play. Taking supplemental probiotics, like probiotic capsules for women or Daily Digestive Enzymes, can help support digestive and immune health as well as overall health and wellness.
Probiotics help ONLY if they arrive alive
Probiotics can help support our immune system—but only if they make it to our gut alive to report for duty. That’s no easy thing for delicate bacteria. They need to journey through an acidic ocean in our upper digestive tract before reaching the part of the gut where they can work. To help, Probulin developed a unique probiotic delivery system called the MAKTrek® 3-D Probiotic Delivery System. It wraps the probiotics in uniquely-harvested brown seaweed extract, protecting and nourishing them on their journey through the digestive tract to ensure they make it through to their final destination where they can get to work.
In addition, those probiotics are packed for the trip with prebiotics (food for bacteria) and electrolytes (hydration for bacteria). It’s like Probulin’s probiotics are traveling first class on a seaweed submarine while other brands give their probiotics a Speedo and a wave goodbye. Watch it in action here.
It’s like Probulin’s probiotics are traveling first class on a seaweed submarine while other brands give their probiotics a Speedo and a wave goodbye.
How many CFUs of probiotics do I need? The truth is, more isn’t always better
Some products are packed with billions and billions of bacteria (CFUs, or colony-forming units) because only a small portion of them will actually reach the gut to do their job. It’s inefficient. And it’s expensive. And you pay the price in terms of dollars and potency.
Probulin formulates using the right amount of the hardiest strains of probiotics and delivers them to the gut with the MAKTrek® 3-D Probiotic Delivery System that ensures far more bacteria arrive alive to do their beneficial work. Once they reach their destination, the seaweed submarine dissolves away, freeing the probiotics to function. So it’s not so much about how many CFUs; it’s about having the right strains and making sure they make it to where they’re needed.
Dead probiotics don’t support the immune system (so we ship ours cold)
Probiotics must not only survive the journey from bottle to belly, but they must also survive the trip from the lab to your door. The inside of a delivery truck can top 150 degrees—temperatures that will fry probiotics. They’re not like pizzas that can be reheated if they have a rough delivery journey. Once probiotics die, you can’t reactivate them—you might as well be swallowing candy. That’s why Probulin ships its probiotics in ice packs. We use environmentally-friendly packaging made from recycled denim jeans to keep the bacteria chilled and healthy, ready to deliver immune health and digestive benefits.
That’s the basics of what you need to know about probiotics and immune support. In a nutshell: Probiotics support our immune system in several ways—but only if they make it to our gut alive and healthy.
Learn more about how physician-formulated Probulin probiotics can deliver more live probiotics to your gut (and to your door) to help support your immune health and immune system.