Q: What are healthy bacteria?
A: Healthy bacteria (also known as microflora or probiotics) live symbiotically in your body and help eliminate the bad bacteria that are always trying to gain a foothold—the ones that cause all manner of disease and illness. Unfortunately, elements in life conspire to upset the balance between beneficial bacteria and harmful, unhealthy bacteria—stress, poor diet, excess sugar and simple carbs, alcohol use, antibiotic use and a host of other factors. A simple daily dose of Primal Probiotics can 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: This can vary, depending on your needs. If you’ve just gone through a round of antibiotics, you could take more Primal Probiotics capsules to help replenish the healthy strains of bacteria that might have died off during the course of treatment. For regular maintenance, you can take fewer. So the range of capsules can vary from 1-10 per day.
Q: How long is the shelf life for this product?
A: Maintains optimum potency for up to 18 months.
Q: Why are there only 10 billion colony forming units when other products brag about having as many as 30 billion?
A: When other products claim to offer 18 to 30 billion CFUs, they are doing so knowing that most of the bacteria they deliver are common live strains found in many of the fermented foods we eat, and that they will be dead in the bottle only a few weeks after manufacture. Primal Probiotics uses a proprietary blend of special spore-forming bacteria that can survive in a dormant state for long periods of time, as well as survive the harsh, acidic environment of the stomach and bile in the upper part of the small intestine. Moreover, we use a special digestion-resistant capsule designed to disintegrate lower down the digestive tract. The net effect is that most of the healthy probiotic strains in Primal Probiotics are delivered to their destination ready to work for you.
Q: What 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 promote 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: Are the Probiotics 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. For the new manufacturer we will be using in 2018, they have confirmed that none of the strains will come from dairy.
Q: Do you have a money back guarantee?
A: Yes! We offer a 30-day, no questions asked, money back guarantee. If you aren’t completely satisfied with the product, simply return it and we’ll refund you in no time.