Supplement Safety – The Facts About Probiotics

In late December 2013, the New York Times published an alarming article entitled “Spike in Harm to Liver Is Tied to Dietary Aids”.  The article discussed how there has been a huge spike in liver-related diseases, with around 20 percent of drug-related liver disease cases being attributed to dietary supplements, up from 7 percent a decade ago. We are bringing this to our readers’ attention because you have to dig quite deep into the article before you find the single line that says:  More popular supplements like vitamins, minerals, probiotics and fish oil had not been linked to “patterns of adverse effects”….. [Read More…]

Choosing a Probiotic, A Buyers Guide (Part 2)

Here at Natren, we obviously believe that we have the best probiotic on the market! We also believe that everyone should make intelligent decisions about their health, especially knowing exactly what they are putting into their body. So rather than just saying how great we are, here are some of the key things to look for when selecting any probiotic. In our last article, we discussed the state of regulation amongst probiotic suppliers and the importance of verified potency. This time, we’ll take a closer look at some of the key things to look for when selecting any probiotic Potency…. [Read More…]

Choosing a Probiotic, A Buyers Guide (Part 1)

The word “Probiotic” is used to describe a large number of different foods, supplements and drinks. As a consumer, it can be difficult to get to grips with these products, how effective they are, and which ones offer value for money and deliver on their promises. Probiotics are classified as Dietary Supplements by the FDA, and not as Drugs. This different level of regulation means that specific claims to treat or cure illnesses cannot be made. Instead, we see many probiotic brands escalating their marketing campaigns with claims of large numbers of (largely unverified) strains, trying to make their product…. [Read More…]

Why Natren?

Welcome to the new Natren Probiotic Blog – here we hope to provide our visitors with helpful and informative insights from the world of probiotics, tips for taking care of your body and a variety of healthy living topics. We hope this will be a useful addition to your busy and healthy lifestyle. With the surge of interest in holistic approaches to health and the focus on preventive care, Natren’s impact on the health industry continues to multiply. Natasha is consistently asked to educate both consumers and medical professionals around the world about the benefits of probiotics. One of the…. [Read More…]