Symprove explained


Symprove is a water-based food supplement that contains four strains of live and active bacteria: 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, weight management and healthy immune support.

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 passion fruit. It is one of the only dairy free live bacteria water-based 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 health and how this is impacted by use of multi-strain live bacteria products
  • Emerging research – the impact of Symprove on other components of the microflora and implications for the maintenance of human health.

How does Symprove work?


In our modern-day world, getting good bacteria to the gut where it’s needed isn’t simple. Symprove has been proven to outperform leading competitors in getting live bacteria to the gut, where they can survive, thrive and multiply.

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What makes Symprove different?


Digestion involves a lot of seriously strong stomach acid, triggered by the ingestion of food. Bacteria delivered in food are exposed to these harsh acidic conditions and less likely to survive.

Some supplements are freeze-dried to ensure the bacteria within them survives through the stomach. However, this means the bacteria have to be reactivated within the stomach to have any effect and many pass right through your digestive system before they’ve had a chance to wake up and work.

Symprove’s unique water-based formula is packed full of live, active bacteria. Because Symprove is water-based, it doesn’t trigger digestion. More live and active bacteria surviving passage through the stomach means a better opportunity to colonise the gut. This ability to deliver thriving bacteria is what makes Symprove so special.

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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 on 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 health and how this is impacted by use of multi-strain live bacteria products
  • Emerging research – the impact of multi-strain probiotics on other components of the microflora and implications for the maintenance of human health.

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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 passion fruit flavour only)
  • Vitamin C
  • Natural flavourings (in mango and passion fruit flavour only)

How are probiotic/live bacteria products regulated?


Under EU/UK law, most probiotic/live bacteria products are either foods or food supplements. As such, they are governed by regulations that apply to these product categories.

These regulations cover their safety, quality, labelling and marketing.
Regulations on health claims on foods stipulate that companies are not allowed to mention the results of any research involving their products, or make health claims about the products, to consumers – unless that health claim has been approved for use.

As of March 2019, no claims have been approved for probiotics.

Healthcare professionals and researchers who wish to find out more about research on probiotics should use medical literature databases but it is also wise to contact probiotic companies direct for greater insight.

Please contact info@symprove.com