This blog post is sponsored by Seed.
Seed’s Daily Synbiotic is a new cutting-edge probiotic backed by the latest science.
I am excited about partnering with a science based company such as Seed, and in this article I try and simplify the science and help you understand what to look for in a probiotic.
I am always looking for ways to improve my own gut health, plus I help many clients with digestive issues so when I read the research that went into the strain-specific probiotics in Seed’s probiotic formulation, I just had to give it a try.
A couple of months ago I started to experiment with Seed’s Daily Synbiotic and in this article, I will give you the pros and cons of the Seed’s Daily Synbiotic - and explain whether this is something for you to try.
Read on to find out more or visit www.seed.com
Seed was formed by Ara Katz and Raja Dhir with a mission to bring much-needed precision, efficacy, and education to the global probiotics market and pioneer the application of bacteria for human and environmental health.(In addition to their ground-breaking probiotic for humans, they’ve even developed a probiotic for bees through their ecological R+D division, SeedLabs.)
Seed’s Scientific Advisory board is comprised of leading scientists and doctors with expertise in microbiome science, genomics, metabolomics, gastroenterology, immunology, nutrition, and human clinical research.
Seed’s Daily Synbiotic probiotics contains a prebiotic outer capsule and a prebiotic inner capsule that contains the 50 billion-plus live bacteria (measured in AFU).
It is called a synbiotic because of the synergistic nature of prebiotics and probiotics - prebiotics help your beneficial bacteria thrive by providing them with the “nutrients” that they love.
The prebiotic outer shell contains punicalagins isolated and purified from Indian pomegranate. This may not sound delicious to us but its food that the beneficial microorganisms love to eat.
The patented algae delivery system ensures the bacteria survive to the large intestine where they exert their benefits, not all probiotic supplements will do that. Some formulations may have good strains of bacteria but they don’t survive the harsh environment of the stomach or are destroyed by the bile acid, making them ineffective.
The individual bacteria strains used in Seed’s Daily Synbiotic probiotic is what makes it so special.
First, let's define exactly what to look for when you are reading the label on a probiotic supplement.
Most people have heard of lactobacillus and bifidobacterium. These are the bacteria genus, and while they are important, there are many different species of these bacteria, some of them are beneficial and some of them are not.
This is a specific species of a genus, for example, Bifidobacterium longum is a well-researched species of bacteria, and this is going to have different beneficial effects on your health compared to Bifidobacterium breve, even though they are from the same genus.
This is a specific strain of a bacteria species, for instance, Bifidobacterium longum SD-BB536-JP is the specific strain that benefits your digestive system and this can have different effects on the body compared to other strains of Bifidobacterium longum. If we take, for example, Bifidobacterium longum SD-BL4-IT, it is a different strain that has proven benefits on the cardiovascular system.
I am not surprised as it took me a while to get my head around the naming of bacteria, and scientists are not too inventive with their naming, so I don’t expect anyone to remember SD-BB536-JP strain of Bifidobacteria.
An easier way to remember is using dogs as an example. All dogs come from the same species but you would not buy a poodle to be a guard dog - for this job you would get a different type of dog (or strain) like a German Shepherd.
Or if you were getting a dog for an older person you might choose a small Chichiwawa and not a cattle dog that needs lots of exercises and running - so different types of dogs are good for different things, same with bacteria, different strains will have different effects on your health.
Note: Seed probiotic and prebiotic supplement is vegan-friendly, gluten-free, non-GMO, preservative-free, and allergen-free.
So after 2 months of taking two capsules of Seed’s Daily Synbiotic each day, what difference did I notice to my gut health and stool quality?
Digestion-wise, I noticed a better quality stool, especially over the last month, and that was when I was traveling too which can make it harder to stick to my usual diet. I expect the benefits to my digestive system will continue to improve over time.
Things like the cardiovascular benefits are harder to gauge. I have a family history of heart disease, so I want to be proactive in this area. The Daily Synbiotic formula contains probiotic strains that promote heart health, help maintain blood cholesterol levels already in the normal range, and support intestinal synthesis of vitamin B12 in vitro, therefore, I am happy to continue taking it.
You can order Seed’s Daily Synbiotic at seed.com/planetnaturopath via a monthly subscription, which you can skip or cancel at any moment.
Seed’s commitment to the sustainability of the planet is brought to their packaging as well. Each component of our refill system is designed to protect your Daily Synbiotic and be gentler on our Earth and includes recyclable and biodegradable materials. In your first month of the subscription, you receive a 30 day supply of the Daily Synbiotic in a refillable glass jar. Monthly refills come in vacuum packed biodegradable packaging.
Inside your first shipment box, you'll find a welcome kit with a refillable glass jar and a glass travel vial. Every month, you'll receive refills so you can keep up your 2 a day probiotics without running out.
The Seed probiotic can be shipped to:
(see seed.com/entire-world for a list of specific countries).
Its innovative probiotic + prebiotic formula with naturally-occurring human strains, can help nourish your holistic health, promotes gastrointestinal health, and gut immune function.
Moreover, it has a positive influence on skin and cardiovascular health.Supplementation with Seed’s Daily Synbiotic is a safe and beneficial solution for your overall health, including various body functions and gut processes.
Michael is head consultant at Planet Naturopath - Functional Medicine and Nutrition Solutions. As Seen