When Bacteria Don’t Get Along: The Multi-Strain Problem

When Bacteria Don’t Get Along: The Multi-Strain Problem

September 26, 2016

Did you know that your gut is an ecosystem for bacteria? It’s a concept that can get lost when consumers consider the benefits of probiotics. More is not really the point of a successful ecosystem – balance is the objective. When living organisms compete for resources, they must fight to survive. In science, this is known as antagonistic – two or more species fight to thrive in one ecosystem. Bacteria are naturally antagonistic, so when placed in the same system they don’t play well together. What happens when bacteria don’t get along? The Problem with Multi-Strain Products If you were.... [Read More...]

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Do you Have Hidden Sugars in Your Probiotics?

Do you Have Hidden Sugars in Your Probiotics?

November 09, 2015

We’re often asked if our probiotics contain prebiotics, and more often than not, it seems to lead to whether it’s beneficial to take a prebiotic with a probiotic. This is a very confusing topic, especially if you’re just beginning to look at probiotics, as there is so much literature that talks about the necessary combination of a prebiotic and a probiotic. Prebiotics are designed to feed the probiotic and encourage its growth and feed the beneficial bacteria in our gut. It sounds like it makes common sense to combine them so you have the total package of the probiotics and.... [Read More...]

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Natren’s Supernatant Advantage – What is a Supernatant?

Natren’s Supernatant Advantage – What is a Supernatant?

October 19, 2015

With so many different brands of probiotics on the shelves, or in the refrigerated section of your local health food store (which is where a quality probiotic should be stored), it can be overwhelming to know which one to choose. At Natren, we try to educate our consumers on the key questions they should be asking when choosing a probiotic. We talk a lot about the importance of keeping the beneficial bacteria alive through the whole journey, from our manufacturing facility in Westlake Village, CA, to your digestive system. Outside your body, that means cold transportation and refrigeration. Inside your.... [Read More...]

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Making Your Foods Functional with Probiotics

Making Your Foods Functional with Probiotics

October 14, 2013

Last week we highlighted the importance of having probiotics in your diet to create a healthy gut flora balance, and also ensuring that when you do consume probiotics, they count and deliver the benefits that you are expecting. We call these “functional foods”. A functional food is one that provides health benefits, not just nutritional benefits. Classic fermented functional foods such as sauerkraut, kefir and yogurt are often praised for their probiotic benefits, but many times they fall short of their potential – both from unhealthy additives, but also, because the type of bacteria strains within the product may not.... [Read More...]

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Protecting the Goodness

Protecting the Goodness

April 30, 2013

In our last post, we talked about how probiotics are actually living bacteria, and the challenges of getting those living cells from our manufacturing facility in California to our customers so that they are alive and well when they arrive. Then there is the journey through the body.  The gastrointestinal tract is the nutrition path through the body, with two of the primary components being the stomach and the intestines.  Probiotics do their work in the intestines, where the “good bacteria” multiplies and forms colonies along the intestinal walls and, helps the body with the digestion process. However, before making.... [Read More...]

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