Inner Health and Ethical Nutrients have developed the PRO quality checklist, in accordance with the ISAPP (International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics) criteria for quality probiotics, to ensure your probiotics are alive, from manufacture to consumption.
Protected - Are The Bacteria Live and Strong?
Probiotics require careful and correct storage to survive as they are impacted by temperature fluctuations and moisture. For probiotics to be alive upon consumption they must remain dormant inside the capsule and protected by either a refrigerator or moisture-protection technology.
- Refrigeration protects probiotics 2 from warmth and moisture as it provides a stable temperature of 4°C to 8°C and low humidity.
- Alternatively, PROTECTAIR™ is a new moisture defence system only available to Inner Health which keeps the probiotic bacteria alive and full strength at 30°C for its shelf life by protecting them in three ways:
Researched - Is The Probiotic Strain Tested and Researched?
Not all probiotics are the same. Different strains, even within the same genus and species, are shown to benefit completely different conditions (see Figure. 1 below) with some strains having little to no proven health benefits in humans. For this reason, it is important to choose a probiotic formula which contains strains that have been researched alone and in combination with each other and at the appropriate strength.
Does The Formula Contain the Optimal Strength and Combination?
Research indicates that the dose is just as important as the strain of probiotic - if too little is given the probiotic may be ineffective, whereas too much may give you an unexpected result. A number of recent clinical studies have investigated the effect of various strengths of commonly prescribed probiotic strains and found that there can be marked differences in clinical outcomes depending on the doses used.