The increased demand and popularity of using probiotics for proper digestion, elimination and improved good health, many manufacturers of nutritional supplements have flooded the market with probiotic supplements. However many of these supplements are worthless which have beneficial bacteria that does not last long enough to reach your gut.
In fact, many of these probiotics are dead on reaching your intestines. They get killed by the powerful stomach acids before reaching your small and large intestines, and are thus of no use when dead.
As probiotics are extremely delicate and cannot survive exposure to light, air and oxygen, most of them do not survive storage and transportation. So if you choose probiotic supplements that require 100% refrigeration, make sure it is always refrigerated.
There is also a chance of manufacturers overpromising the potency of probiotics by perhaps promising you about a billion of live acidophilus organisms. This may be possible only on the date of manufacture. All this shows how important it is for you to choose probiotic supplements that deliver healthy bacteria to your gut every time you take it, till its expiration date.
Safe methods of manufacture
There are today many methods employed to effectively package and store live, active and beneficial bacteria to your last intestine. One such method is a controlled-release formula that protects probiotics from gastric acid. This thus helps deliver a high percentage of live probiotic bacteria to the intestines.
Beadlet technology is another method that was developed in Japan. With this technology, probiotic supplements are created where the live probiotic bacteria gets enclosed in a small, pearl-shaped beadlet. The walls of the beadlet is formulated in such a way that its contents survive the stomach acid, and are released only on reaching the intestine’s neutral environment.
Both these delivery systems help ensure the probiotic supplements have an extended shelf life, without refrigeration. This means that while choosing probiotic supplements, look for one that is manufactured using a controlled release technology or a beadlet formulation, which does not require any refrigeration.