Have you heard of the dangers of spore-based probiotics? If you want to use probiotics to optimize your health, the last thing you want to do is take probiotics with potentially dangerous side effects. This is why it’s critical to understand why spore-based probiotics are bad.
First, let’s cover why probiotics can be good, and then we’ll show you the dangers of spore-based probiotics.
Before we cover why certain probiotics are bad, here are a few of the reasons many people say they take probiotics:
Despite the benefits of probiotics, not all probiotics can give you these health boosts. It’s important that the probiotics you choose are from the safest of sources. Unsafe sources of probiotics can not only ruin any health benefits you’re hoping to get, but they can also make you sick.
One source of probiotics that Natren is particularly frustrated to see people touting, is soil-based probiotics. Soil-based probiotics are often referred to as spore-based probiotics. Look out for either name when you are choosing products for your health because they have the potential to cause more bad than good.
How could something from the soil be dangerous? At face value, soil sounds natural - it would be reasonable to assume that something ‘soil-based’ is organic and healthy.
However, spore-based probiotics - or soil-based probiotics - have a dubious health record when we look at the results of human consumption. Our founder, Natasha Trenev, has significant concerns about this kind of probiotics, backed by almost 40 years of scientific research.
The first problem with them is that they can take valuable space away from good bacteria. Let’s look at why that happens.
When you look at the numbers surrounding probiotics, it may sound like your body has room for any and all bacteria. Our gut microbiota has tens of trillions of bacteria! That’s more than 10 times the number of cells we have in our bodies.
However, the reality is that our digestive tract only has a certain amount of space for bacteria to live. This space will be filled with some mix of good and bad bacteria, and healthy probiotics can help you shift the balance so that the good takes up most of the space.
When you take spore-based probiotics, those are taking away inhabitable space in the digestive tract that healthy bacteria could have had. Instead of taking this risk and worrying about spore-based probiotics side effects, fill your intestinal walls with bacteria you know is a good choice.
As a health-conscious consumer choosing a probiotic, are any two factors more important to you than quality and safety? At Natren, nothing is more important to us than these two pillars of our products.
If we had evidence that spore-based probiotics were safe and effective, we would support them. However, we have seen a concerning amount of variation and inconsistency in the reports about spore-based probiotics. Natren is a pioneer in research, education, and supplying healthy bacteria that you can trust.
Spore-based probiotics are bad for humans because we were not meant to consume them. These bacteria do not occur naturally in our bodies, and when we introduce bacteria into our bodies that we were not meant to ingest, this brings about substantial risks.
Can you find information on the internet that says that spore-based probiotics are good? Yes, of course. But remember that along with all the helpful information online, there are also incredibly dangerous articles that may sound like trusted clinical resources, but they are more false marketing than truth. When a company is trying to sell their product, they will not be warning you about potential spore-based probiotic side effects.
Our founder is particularly concerned about the use of spore-based bacteria in custom blends or mixes of probiotics. Probiotics for consumers should be about science, not about experimenting with the unknown. Whether you’re getting unknown quantities, unknown strains, or unknown quality from a “cocktail mix” of probiotics - which often include spore-based probiotics - you are putting your health in danger.
Did you know that when a company sells a probiotic mix, they are not required to make each batch equivalent to the next? While it sounds unbelievable, this is the type of inconsistency you are paying for if you choose a dubious probiotic cocktail mix.
As we’ve warned before, you cannot count on the FDA to regulate the safety or efficacy of probiotics. You may see spore-based probiotics sold on the shelves of supposed health stores. That does not, however, mean that any reliable agency is verifying the efficacy, consistency, or safety of these products.
While the world of probiotics can be overwhelming, Natren is here to make your education, journey, and health easier. Our probiotic supplements are made with decades of true scientific research, as well as excellence far beyond any regulations. We want you to be healthy, safe, and happy with the probiotics you choose for yourself and your family. That is why we put the time and energy into warning you about why spore-based probiotics are bad. To learn more about true quality probiotics, visit us at natren.com.