How Symprove works

The reasons why Symprove works are very simple and are backed by scientific research:

  • The bacteria in a bottle of Symprove are ALIVE and activated before they even enter the human body
  • As a water-based supplement Symprove doesn’t trigger digestion meaning the bacteria can SURVIVE the hostile, acidic environment of our stomach
  • As soon as they arrive in the small intestines the combination of four bacteria strains in Symprove work together to quickly multiply and THRIVE in the gut

Backed by scientific research

An independent study by Dr Simon Gaisford at University College London (UCL) School of Pharmacy tested Symprove and seven market-leading probiotics. The study subjected the products to three challenge tests to assess if the bacteria ARRIVED in a live state, SURVIVED stomach acid transit and THRIVED in the target area of the gut. Symprove was the only product to pass all three tests.

The other products included in the study were:

  • Actimel
  • Align
  • Biobalance
  • Probio7
  • Yakult
  • VSL#3
  • Bio-kult

Read more about the study

Symprove in detail

Our stomachs are so good at destroying bacteria as it passes through that the levels of bacteria in the first part of the small intestine are very low. Symprove uses this to its advantage.

As a water-based supplement Symprove is able to get its bacteria through the stomach without triggering digestion, which kills off the bacteria in many similar products.

Because the bacteria in Symprove are alive and already activated they can get straight to work the moment they pass through the stomach and reach the first part of the small intestines. Here the perfect conditions allow Symprove’s bacteria to thrive and colonise, with very little competition from other bacteria, and lots of food for them to feed on coming directly from the stomach.

They multiply quickly and by the time they have transited through to the colon (a few hours) they are an even larger colony of strong bacteria ready to rebalance your gut microbiome.

Products that use freeze-dried bacteria aren’t able to take advantage of this in the same way. If the bacteria manages to get through the stomach without getting killed off during the digestion process it then needs to be reactivated. The warm, moist conditions of the intestines aid to do this, but as they are being reactivated they continue to transit through the digestive system.

Many of the bacteria aren’t activated again until they reach the colon where there is much greater competition for food and space to thrive. The bacteria in some products takes so long to reactivate that by the time it has been reactivated it has already left your body!