This can sometimes be a very confusing question to answer. The truth is not all probiotics are created equal.
The reasons are that most probiotics on the market use lab-grown and synthetic bacteria. When a company states they have billions of bacteria in their products (CFU – Colony Forming Units)–that’s a sign they are synthetic and made in a laboratory.
While the idea of consuming billions of healthy bacteria in one pill sounds convincing, the reality is this marketing tactic is often misleading to the consumer. Here’s why:
1. There’s no guarantee at the time of purchase that a probiotic product has that same amount of good bacteria it lists on its label. From the moment most probiotics are manufactured in the lab, they begin to degrade. This bacteria is extremely sensitive and volatile. These probiotic products must be constantly refridgerated to prevent the good bacteria from dying. The good bacteria is only useful if it remains alive. Synthetic bacteria is also not as strong as our naturally fermented probiotic foods.
2. The other problem is that when consumed, most probiotics today don’t make it through the digestive tract alive to colonise the gut. This defeats the purpose of consuming a probiotic at all. If a probiotic is so fragile that it requires refrigeration, how do you expect it to survive the high temperatures and naturally acidic conditions of the stomach?
3. Bacteria is highly intelligent and their strength lies in working together in colonies (thousands in each colony) and communities, not on their own. Many probiotics on the market isolate one bacterial strain as opposed to multiple strains that balance the whole system and allow the colonies to support and communicate to each other. The body requires ‘healthy and alive’ bacteria colonies working together throughout the entire body.
The purpose of probiotics therefore, must be to arrive alive in the intestines to perform its necessary function and also be commensal to the gut.
We want to emphasise that it’s not the number of bacteria (CFU) present that’s important; but rather it’s how many make it through the digestive tract to recolonise the gut and build a community to effectively work together. That’s what counts.
The superfood ingredients in Teelixir Mushroom Probiotics are all naturally fermented foods and made within the boundaries of Nature–not a laboratory. The good bacteria have naturally grown from organic foods, as nature intended. The bacterial strains feed on the whole foods, remain alive and well, dormant in their own food source (the probiotics) and when you eat them, they activate and multiply in the millions into effective communities that work to restore, maintain and balance gut health.
When you have a stabilized probiotic that is naturally fermented with foods such as Teelixir Mushroom Probiotics, the count doesn't matter. What you have in this case is a dormant probiotic and prebiotic specifically designed to feed and change the terrain of your bodies garden (microbiome) which produces many more billions of good bacteria inside your intestinal system where it counts.