When Your Kids Are Bringing Home More Than Homework

When Your Kids Are Bringing Home More Than Homework

September 14, 2015

A Guide to Natren’s Probiotics for the Entire Family The long, lazy days of summer are over, and the kids are back in school – phew! However, the celebration is short-lived – along with bringing home a pile of homework they’re more than likely going to be bringing home a few unwanted germs too. All it takes is one cough or sneeze in the classroom, and before long everyone in the household is feeling under the weather. Kids are exposed to a number of germs and bugs every day, and unfortunately, getting sick when they’re young is part of the.... [Read More...]

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Do Your Probiotics Survive Shipping, Storage and Stomach Acid?

Do Your Probiotics Survive Shipping, Storage and Stomach Acid?

July 27, 2015

We talk a lot about what’s in our products (carefully selected super strains of beneficial bacteria) and what’s not in our probiotic products (No GMO’s, No FOS, Soy Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free Options, etc) but today we want to talk about how we handle our probiotics and why that’s unique. Probiotics are living bacteria, and like most bacteria, they can be severely weakened or killed by prolonged exposure to moisture or heat. That’s a big problem, because although we take every step necessary to ensure that the probiotics are kept at the optimum temperature and humidity during production and.... [Read More...]

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Multi-Strain Probiotics – What Consumers Need to Know

Multi-Strain Probiotics – What Consumers Need to Know

July 13, 2015

These days, most of us are always on the lookout for a good bargain. We want to feel as though we’re getting the best “bang for our buck” without compromising on quality. However, when it comes to choosing a quality probiotic, less is definitely more when it comes to the number of probiotic strains in one capsule or container. Not all probiotics are created equal, and the stark reality is that there are many probiotics, particularly multi-strain probiotics, on the shelves that don’t offer any benefits at all. Whether you’re thinking about buying a probiotic or changing the brand you’re.... [Read More...]

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Are Probiotics Properly Regulated?

Are Probiotics Properly Regulated?

May 04, 2015

Recently, we have been paying close attention to, and writing about, the actions taken by Eric Schneiderman, the New York State Attorney General in regard to nutritional supplements that were found not to contain the ingredients stated on the labels – read our take on it here, and another similar study here. Unfortunately, the problem is systemic due to under-regulation. The FDA does not regulate supplements (including probiotics) as drugs, so they are not subject to the same level of scrutiny and consumer protection. Sure, there are limits to the health claims that these products can make, but industry oversight.... [Read More...]

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Probiotic Stability & Survivability

Probiotic Stability & Survivability

March 23, 2015

In the world of probiotic supplements, not all are created equal – a fact that sadly requires a lot of consumer education to comprehend. Sometimes product labels aren’t entirely accurate, and in some cases, they are completely false. This is why it is so important to understand the nature of the supplements you are taking, to ensure that they are delivering the goodness that you expect. One of the critical elements of probiotics is survivability – this is the ability for the probiotic bacteria specified on the label to make it alive, not only from the manufacturer to the consumer,.... [Read More...]

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Nutritional Supplement Fraud Exposed in New York

Nutritional Supplement Fraud Exposed in New York

February 06, 2015

Yesterday, the New York State Attorney General’s office demanded that four leading national retailers remove certain brands of herbal supplements from their shelves, citing that the products did not contain the ingredients on the label, and were made up of cheap and dangerous filler materials. You can read the full article in the New York Times here. This has been a long time coming, and is just the tip of the iceberg. We have been warning the industry and the public about fraud in the supplement industry for years. This is an unregulated market with little in the way of.... [Read More...]

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Shelf Stability – The Big Hoax

Shelf Stability – The Big Hoax

December 22, 2014

As scientists expand their understanding of how probiotics benefit gut health and digestion, the market for these products is expanding. While it is exciting to see the benefits that probiotics deliver being embraced by an increasing majority, not all probiotic supplements are created equal, and some manufacturers are making misleading claims that sound good on paper, but result in a less effective product with reduced benefit to the consumer. Some probiotic products claim to be “shelf stable,” the USDA states that shelf stable products are those that are safely stored at room temperature and do not require refrigeration. Room temperature.... [Read More...]

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What is Good Health Worth to You?

What is Good Health Worth to You?

November 10, 2014

Everything we do at Natren we do because we care.   Our probiotics aren’t just good, they’re the best.  Yes, we’re a little biased because we started on this journey nearly 4 decades ago and pioneered the probiotic bandwagon not only here in the U.S. but across the globe.   In fact, if you could string together every Healthy Trinity capsule that we’ve manufactured,  we’re certain we’d encircle the globe many times over.   Yes, we know that Natren probiotics are very different from ordinary probiotics,  and we’re definitely making every effort to stand out from the rest.  We also know how important.... [Read More...]

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What Are Probiotics Anyway?

What Are Probiotics Anyway?

October 13, 2014

We obviously talk a lot about probiotics here because probiotics are ALL that we do. But what exactly are probiotics anyway? To start, it helps to understand that the world is populated by billions and billions of tiny microbes – or microscopic organisms. These microbes make up a large majority of larger life forms and have symbiotic relationships with plants, animals, and humans. Symbiotic literally means “together living” or a close and mutually beneficial relationship between two different species, in this case bacteria and humans. There are actually 10 times more bacteria living on and within the human body than.... [Read More...]

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Probiotics, Household Products, and Snake Oil

Probiotics, Household Products, and Snake Oil

July 22, 2014

Probiotics have become one of the more fashionable buzzwords in the healthy living community – and for good reason. True probiotics offer a host of notable benefits, particularly for healthy digestion and strong natural defenses. Lately though, many consumer products are boasting the label of “probiotics” without being rooted in fact or function. A true probiotic is a living bacterial culture that has been identified by scientific research to provide health benefits. As well as being alive and active, a product must contain a certain amount of probiotics to be effective, and those bacteria strains have to be the right.... [Read More...]

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Choosing a Probiotic, A Buyers Guide (Part 2)

Choosing a Probiotic, A Buyers Guide (Part 2)

January 27, 2014

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...]

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Choosing a Probiotic, A Buyers Guide (Part 1)

Choosing a Probiotic, A Buyers Guide (Part 1)

January 20, 2014

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...]

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