Q: What are Probiotics?
A: Probotics live symbiotically in your body and may support the elimination of the bad bacteria that are always trying to gain a foothold—the ones that may cause disease and illness. Unfortunately, elements in life conspire to upset the balance between probiotics and potentially harmful bacteria—stress, poor diet, excess sugar, and simple carbs, alcohol use, and antibiotic use are a host of specific examples. A simple daily dose of Primal Probiotics may help rebalance and restore gut health and improve immune function.*
Q: Do they need to be refrigerated?
A: Primal Probiotics uses acid- and bile-resistant strains that survive through stomach acid and need not be refrigerated (although you CAN store them in a refrigerator). These strains have been isolated over years of research to resist digestion and more effectively repopulate intestinal flora.
Many common probiotic blends can’t survive the acidic environment of the stomach. That’s why some companies use “enteric coatings” or special treatments to keep them inside a waxy ball until after they’ve passed the stomach. Perhaps you’ve heard that some probiotics also need to be refrigerated in order to remain “live.” In both cases, the main issue is that the strains they’ve chosen are not particularly hardy strains, to begin with.
Q: How many pills should I take per day?
A: Take 1 capsule per day, before or during meals. We recommend consulting with your Primary Care Physician for more insight into your individual needs.
Q: How long is the shelf life of this product?
A: Maintains optimum potency for up to 18 months.
Q: What exactly are excipients and do you use them in your products?
It's a very broad term that describes what can be added to a formulation to make it flow easier, to bind it together, to add texture, color etc. Some are bad, some benign and some are beneficial. For example, we use potato starch as an "excipient" in our probiotic formula. It helps fill up the capsules but also serves as a source of resistant starch to feed the good bacteria.
Magnesium Stearate is also a known excipient and is a very common ingredient in capsules as it tends to help coat them and make them easier to swallow. It also enhances the effect of the active ingredients and promotes absorption.
Cellulose is also used sometimes in vitamins to help grainy products flow better into the capsules. The cellulose is from plants and is a fiber source, so it is in some ways beneficial or, at worst, simply benign.
Of course, some choices are bad, like the petrochemicals, artificial colors, etc., and we would never choose to use them.
Q: Is the potato starch in the Probiotics raw?
A: The raw material is not pre-cooked but the finished material is dried in a tumbler oven.
Q: Are the Probiotics egg and dairy free?
A: In the current formula, the majority of the probiotics are not derived from allergens, with the exception of one strain that is derived from a dairy source. The end product of this strain is not considered an allergen because, theoretically, all of the fermentation nutrients are consumed during fermentation, and after fermentation, the product is further separated/ purified. If you have a severe dairy allergy, then you could say there is potential for very trace amounts of milk protein, but for labeling purposes, it is not considered to have any allergens.
Q: What testing has been done on your Probiotics?
A: All ingredients in the probiotic are tested as safe and produced in a certified GMP facility.
Q. Are your supplements Gluten-free?
A. All supplements are gluten free but not certified.