Archives for June 2016

A Letter from our President & Founder

Dear Friends, I am continually asked why I get so upset when I hear interviews on probiotics or when I see probiotic products on the shelf or advertised on the internet. I get upset because virtually all the individuals who claim to have knowledge of probiotics are ignorant of the probiotic labeling standard that was passed by the entire membership of the National Nutritional Foods Association (which is now the Natural Products Association) in 1989 and further submitted to be read into congressional record in 1995 as our industry’s fiduciary promise to self-regulate. Unfortunately, our industry chooses to ignore the…. [Read More…]

Healthy Summer Smoothie Ideas

In the heat of a summer day, nothing beats a cold & refreshing beverage. There are plenty of options out there, but instead of reaching for a soda, why not go for something healthy that will help boost your digestive health as well as keep the heat at bay. We’ve been on the lookout for some classic summer smoothie recipes that can be adapted with Natren’s homemade probiotic yogurt (using our Yogurt Starter) or by simply stirring in any of our probiotic powders, to give your summer treat a little extra functional kick. If you need a little refresher on…. [Read More…]

The Benefits of Probiotics for Athletes

Trillions of bacteria inhabit the human gut. While some of the bacteria are unhealthy pathogens, a large number are beneficial to their hosts. Known as the gut microbiota, these bacteria influence digestion, mood and other aspects of human health. Some of the lifestyle decisions we make can change the composition of the microbiota, for the better, and for the worse. The typical American diet is filled with processed foods and a sedentary lifestyle can negatively affect bacterial colony size and diversity within the body. Many people now take probiotics to help their microbiota overcome these effects. Now there is evidence…. [Read More…]

Do We Really Need Probiotics In Our Drinks, Butter And Protein Bars?

Probiotics has turned into a marketing buzzword, incorporated into advertising plans for all kinds of products, but how do consumers know what works and what doesn’t? The market for probiotics is growing at an alarming pace with very little accurate information accessible to the public. Everything from packaged goods to cold brew coffee now claims to be a source of probiotics. This fad is leading to more and more “probiotic” junk food on the shelves at your local grocery store. But do you really need probiotics in everything you eat and drink? And what kind of bacteria can last heating,…. [Read More…]