Q. Why does Probiotic Pearls™ contain two strains of probiotics?
A. Acidophilus Pearls™ provides Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium longum, two probiotic bacteria with the greatest amount of research and clinical support. In fact, over 75 years of published research has shown that beneficial bacteria in general, (and Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium longum in particular) are the most effective in maintaining a healthy balance of intestinal flora every day.*
Q. What is the source of the gelatin in Probiotic Pearls™?
A. The gelatin in Probiotic Pearls™ is derived from fish (tilapia).
Q. Is it okay to take more than the recommended dose of Probiotic Pearls™?
A. Recent research on probiotics has suggested that many people can take daily dosages in amounts far in excess of the 1 billion CFU per day delivered by Probiotic Pearls™. While the optimal daily dose is unknown and may vary from person to person, studies have looked at doses as high as 100-200 billion cfu/day. It is always a good idea to confer with your health care professional when deciding what daily dose of probiotics may be optimal for you.
Q. Does it matter when I take Probiotic Pearls™?
A. Take them with meals, between meals, or whenever it is easiest for you to remember.
Q. Is the palm oil in Probiotic Pearls™ sustainably harvested?
A. Integrative Therapeutics is committed to stewardship and sustainability in the service of positive social and environmental outcomes. The fact that Enzymatic Therapy does not purchase wild harvest and strives to cultivate sustainable vendor relationships are two examples of this commitment. We have and continue to implement procedures company-wide to improve our efficiency and in turn, reduce our carbon footprint. Palm oil is an important ingredient in Probiotic Pearls™ and plays an crucial role in the True Delivery™ Technology. Put in perspective, the amount of palm oil found in Probiotic Pearls™ is very small – far less than the amount found in one commercially manufactured cookie. The level is insignificant and when compared to other uses of palm oil, doesn’t have a substantial impact on the palm oil supply and subsequently on deforestation.
Q. Should individuals with fish allergies take the Pearls™ products that contain gelatin from Tilapia?
A. Individuals with fish allergies should not take Pearls™ products with gelatin from Tilapia.
Q. Can the Pearls products be taken safely by pregnant or nursing women?
A. Yes, clinical research has confirmed that probiotic cultures, like those present in Pearls, with the exception of Pearls Immune, can be safely taken by pregnant and nursing women.†1-3 There are no ingredients in the formula that pose a safety risk to women or the developing fetus. Pearls Immune has added lactoferrin, which has not been studied for use by pregnant or nursing women. References: 1. Kaplas N, Isolauri E, Lampi AM, Ojala T, Laitinen K. Dietary counseling and probiotic supplementation during pregnancy modify placental phospholipid fatty acids. Lipids. 2007 Sep;42(9):865-70. Epub 2007 Jul 24. 2. Abrahamsson TR, Jakobsson T, Böttcher MF, Fredrikson M, Jenmalm MC, Björkstén B, Oldaeus G. Probiotics in prevention of IgE-associated eczema: a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2007 May;119(5):1174-80. Epub 2007 Mar 8. 3. Rinne M, Kalliomaki M, Arvilommi H, Salminen S, Isolauri E. Effect of probiotics and breastfeeding on the bifidobacterium and lactobacillus/enterococcus microbiota and humoral immune responses. J Pediatr. 2005 Aug;147(2):186-91.
Q. Why do Probiotic Pearls contain just 1 billion CFU when others contain multiple billion?
A. We have a variety of probiotic supplements in ranges from 1 billion to 100 billion to offer a comprehensive selection of probiotics to suit different needs. Probiotic Pearls offers 1 billion CFU, the general daily recommendation. For higher CFU count probiotics, consider Probiotic Pearls Advantage (5 billion CFU) or Enterogenic Intensive (100 billion CFU multi-strain blend – refrigeration required).
Q. Are there any drug or nutrient interactions with probiotic supplements?
A. Caution should be taken whenever recommending, or consuming, nutritional supplements. Use this drug-nutrient interaction checker to view potential interactions with Acidophilus or Bifidobacterium.