Kristin and Jaxson
Autism Hope Alliance

"It's a wonderful commitment Natren is making to AHA.  Our partnership will bring great resources to families involved with AHA.  Jaxson just started taking Life Start Vegan and the free probiotic consultation I had was so helpful!"

Kristin Selby Gonzalez
Autism Hope Alliance, President 
Mother of Jaxson, age 14 (diagnosed with autism)

Autism Approved

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Immune System in Our Gut

It is fairly well documented that children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) often have a different composition of bacteria in their guts compared to children not on the spectrum.1 It's also been well documented that they have a high prevalence of numerous gastrointestinal symptoms.2 However, much like the old 'What came first the chicken or the egg?' question, it remains unclear if this is causative to the disorders or a result of having the disorder. Regardless, we know that 70-80% of the immune system can be found in our gut and that a large percentage (upwards of 90%) of serotonin is made in the digestive tract.3,4 Serotonin helps to produce and regulate dopamine and both of these neurotransmitters are important to mental health and overall well being. Given the huge role our gut plays in immune function, neurotransmitter production and the digestion and uptake of all nutrients necessary to sustain life it's no wonder so many parents are eager to support their children's health through the use of probiotic supplementation.

New to Probiotics - Start Here:
Natren's Life Start line of probiotics offers an ideal starting place for just about anyone, regardless of age, sex, or sensitivities. The Life Start line is offered in 3 versions, they all feature the same beneficial bacteria (Bifidobacterium infantis NLS super strain) (1) Life Start - we'll refer to this as original; (2) Life Start 2 ; and (3) Life Start Vegan. Bifidobacterium infantis is the ideal bacteria for infants as it is the predominant bacteria found in the healthy, breastfed infants gut and has been shown to have co-evolved with human breast milk.5 It's one of the only beneficial bacteria that can break down all the components of human breast milk and therefore the two have uniquely evolved together. It's also an ideal place for adults to start their probiotic regimen because it's "gentle" and our go to choice for anyone, of any age, who is experiencing gut sensitivities.

The key differences between the Life Start options are the growth medium (used to grow the bacteria) and the delivery method (capsules vs. loose powders):

PRODUCT
(Click Image to Order)
GROWTH MEDIUM DELIVERY METHOD NOTES
Life Start
LIFE START
Cow's Milk Loose Powder (1.25, 2.5, and 4.5 oz options.)

Excellent for all who are dairy tolerant.

 

Great for families, larger size available.

Life Start 2
LIFE START 2
Goat's Milk

Capsules (60, 90 count.)

 

Loose Powder (2.5 oz or 4.5 oz options.)

Adults tend to prefer ease of capsules

 

Great for families, larger size options.

Life Start Vegan
LIFE START
VEGAN
Organic Brown Rice Loose Powder (1.25 oz.)

Great for anyone with dairy allergies

Adults tend to prefer Life Start 2 because it's available in a convenient capsule form. On the other hand, Mom's with little ones tend to prefer any of the powdered options because the powders are easy to stir into breast milk, smoothies, yogurt, applesauce, etc. for little ones to consume. Since bacteria thrive so well on a dairy base we always suggest using our dairy based options if dairy tolerance is not an issue for you. However, if you have issues with Cow's Milk you may be surprised that you do just fine on the gentle goat's milk formula (Life Start 2). If you have a known dairy intolerance, stick with Life Start Vegan. All of these options are Gluten Free, Soy Free and contain no GMOs or FOS.

Anyone with a sensitive gut should order a powdered version because these are easiest to scale up and down to meet the needs of the individual. We've had people start with as little as 1/16th of a teaspoon and gradually work up to standard serving size of ¼ - ½ of a teaspoon.

Do You Have Questions?

Healthy powerful probiotic bacteria are vastly more complex and intelligent than the heavily advertised, mass market brands want you to believe. If you think you're ready for a stronger, hand crafted probiotic, Natren offers numerous options. We suggest that you schedule a free consult with one of our probiotic specialists to discuss any digestive health issues. We carry a number of unique strains specifically selected for their ability to target all 3 sections of your digestive tract, that's right there are 3, for maximum impact to help you and your loved ones enjoy less digestive distress and a stronger immune system.

That's why all our highly efficacious products come with an unmatched 90-Day 100% Purchase Price Money Back Guarantee. And in support of AHA by coupon code AHA2017 at checkout you will receive 15% off any Natren probiotic purchase and 15% of every AHA sale will be donated back to AHA by us.


12016 - Li - The Microbiota-Gut-Brain Axis and its Potential Therapeutic Role in Autism Spectrum Disorder: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26964681
22015 - Rosenfeld - Microbiome Disturbances and Autism Spectrum Disorders: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25852213
31999 - Furness - Nutrient tasting and signaling mechanisms in the gut. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10564096
42015 - Yano - Indigenous Bacteria from the Gut Microbiota Regulate Host Serotonin Biosynthesis: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cell.2015.02.047
52015 - Underwood - Bifidobacterium longum subspecies infantis: champion colonizer of the infant gut: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25303277