What is Symprove?

Symprove is a unique, liquid formulation containing four strains of live and activated bacteria which are delivered to the gut to support the microbiome

Symprove explained

Symprove is a water-based liquid supplement that contains four strains of live and active bactedria: L. rhamnosus, E. faecium, L. acidophilus, and L. plantarum. A healthy gut would normally contain all four of these bacteria.

When drunk it delivers friendly bacteria to the gut to support the microbiome.

Increasing evidence is showing that a good balance of gut bacteria has a positive impact on the gut. Researchers are also now looking into the role the gut microbiome plays on other body systems including mental health, skin, obesity and the immune system.

The bacterial formulation of Symprove was developed over 20 years ago and is produced under carefully controlled conditions at the company’s dedicated site in Great Britain.

Symprove is available in two flavours – original and mango and passionfruit. It is one of the only dairy free live bacteria liquid formulations on the market. It is also gluten free.

Symprove has been subject to several independent pieces of research:

Effective delivery system – survival of the Symprove bacteria through the Gastrointestinal tract

Gut function – the role of Symprove in the management of specific gut conditions

Emerging research – the effect of Symprove bacteria on pathogenic bacteria

How does Symprove work?

In order for the bacteria to support the gut microbiome, they need to reach it alive and activated. So, survival of bacteria during ingestion and transition through the stomach’s gastric juices and into the lower gut (where the majority of the gut microbiome is located) is a key mechanism relied on by live bacteria supplements.

Unlike many products on the market Symprove’s bacteria are alive and activated when drunk. It is also a water-based product which doesn’t trigger digestion, a process that could harm the live bacteria.

Symprove contains 10 billion live and activated colony forming units (CFUs) per 70ml of product. Once in the gut these bacteria support the body’s microbiome.

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What makes Symprove different?

There are a lot of probiotics and supplements available on the market and as healthcare professionals it can be hard to identify which products to recommend.

Symprove is different from other products available because:

  • The bacteria are alive and activated when they enter the human body
  • It is one of the only water-based supplements, meaning digestion isn’t triggered and the bacteria remain alive during their transit through the harsh conditions of the stomach
  • Symprove’s unique combination of bacteria has been subjected to independent research
  • Symprove provides support for its users through a telephone help desk, website and social media with additional opportunities offered through involvement in events with qualified external organisations and healthcare practitioners.

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How is Symprove made?

Symprove is based on an extract of germinated barley. The four strains of bacteria used in Symprove are then added and the extract provides the perfect food for the bacteria to thrive.

The whole process of making Symprove takes place don site at our Surrey-based processing plant – from cultivating the strains of bacteria to shipping the product to our customers around the world. We have put in place very strict procedures, and use independent laboratories, to ensure every batch of Symprove contains the right bacteria in the right quantities.

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Strict testing

When Symprove reaches its customers it has been rigorously tested and analysed three times by an independent Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) laboratory. This testing identifies the four strains of bacteria present and that the levels meet, or exceed, our minimum requirements of 10 billion live activated colony forming units (CFUs) per 70ml. It also confirms there are no other bacteria or contaminants in the batch.

We also send samples to be tested to ensure Symprove is gluten free.

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Committed to research

Research and development is at the core of Symprove’s values.  Studies involving Symprove include:

Effective delivery system – survival of the Symprove bacteria through the Gastrointestinal tract

Gut function – the role of Symprove in the management of specific gut conditions

Emerging research – the effect of Symprove bacteria on pathogenic bacteria

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What’s in Symprove?

Symprove contains four live, activated lactic acid bacteria strains. These are:

  • Lactobacillus rhamnosus
  • Enterococcus faecium
  • Lactobacillus acidophilus
  • Lactobacillus plantarum

It also contains

  • Water
  • Extract of germinated barley (gluten extracted and product tested to be gluten free)
  • Sodium citrate
  • Potassium sorbate (preservatives found in berried fruit)
  • Sucralose (in mango and passionfruit flavour only)
  • Vitamin C
  • Natural flavourings (in mango and passionfruit flavour only)

How is Symprove regulated?

Under UK law Symprove is considered a food supplement and must abide by the same regulations other manufacturers of food supplements in the UK adhere to.

These regulations stipulate that we are not allowed to mention the results of any research involving Symprove on our commercial website aimed at the general public, or make health-related claims about Symprove.

We choose to abide by all of the legislation, even if it prevents us from openly discussing research Symprove has been involved in.

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