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How probiotics work #2 Immunomodulation

We generally associate our digestive tract with nutrition; the part of the body where food is absorbed and from which waste products are excreted. This is of course correct, however there are other equally and in some cases more important functions that our digestive tract is responsible for, and which bacteria including probiotics play a key role in.

How probiotics work #1 Competitive exclusion

Probiotics are live bacteria which exert their positive influence in a variety of ways. Laboratories all around the world are researching how probiotics interact with humans, and gradually scientists are building up a picture of which bacteria are the most effective in particular situations and how to get the best from them.

Which probiotic bacteria work best?

For a bacterium to be called ‘probiotic’ it must be alive and deliver benefit to the host species, this is a definition set down by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Any bacteria which do not deliver benefit are not probiotic, similarly it is wrong to refer to freeze-dried, deactived bacteria as probiotic. They only become probiotic if they return to life and begin to divide and confer benefit. An alternative question to the one in the title would be to ask ‘which strains of probiotic bacteria confer most benefit to the host?’

Why is Symprove so different?

This is the most frequent question we are asked when someone comes across Symprove for the first time, and there are several answers but the most important difference is this: The 4 different types of probiotic in Symprove are alive and activated at the moment you swallow them. This is important because the whole point of probiotics is that once swallowed they should quickly start to divide and multiply creating a new, healthy population of bacteria in your bowel.

What is ‘good’ research into probiotics?

This is an important question with a very different answer depending on whether you are a person using a probiotic, a company making a probiotic or a scientist investigating one. The amount of published research about probiotics has increased ten-fold in the past decade. This has been driven largely by two factors; doctors and academics who see probiotics as a possible solution to various digestive disorders and want to understand more about them, and the functional food or so-called ‘nutraceutical’ industry which wants to support the value of its products.

Will Symprove be available in other flavours?

We are sometimes asked whether we are going to launch flavoured versions of Symprove, the short answer is ‘perhaps’. The reason we can’t be more helpful is that it’s very difficult to find a flavour which will not upset the delicate balance of ingredients in Symprove. Artificial flavours and colours are definitely not an option, from the outset we have strived to create a product which is as natural as possible and have avoided any unnecessary or artificial additives.

A new bottle for Symprove!

At Symprove we’re always looking for ways to improve the way our product is presented and packaged. The priority is of course to keep Symprove in the best possible condition for you, but it’s also important to us that we’re as kind as possible to the environment. One of the ways in which we achieve this is through the use of recycled and recyclable packaging. For example, we have chosen to use high density polyethylene (HDPE) bottles and closures. HDPE is one of the most widely recyclable plastics, so you can pop your empty Symprove bottles and screwcaps straight into …

Probiotics, shelf life and storage

What happens if I don’t refrigerate Symprove? The short answer is very little, Symprove will not go ‘off’ if left unopened outside the fridge.

12 months on

Our first anniversary fell in September and we took the opportunity at the weekend to gather all involved with Symprove for a day of review and an evening of celebration at Symprove HQ. You might not know this, but we didn’t intend to introduce our probiotic onto the UK market until 2011; whilst the technology was all in place and the product fully developed our plan was to wait for the results of the independent evaluations taking place at King’s College Hospital. Our thinking was that in a busy and sometimes confused market, another probiotic product from a small company would struggle …

A busy week at Symprove

It’s been a busy week for Symprove Ltd. with several media opportunities landing at once. One of the ways we try to spread news about our very special probiotic is through press releases. Whenever we have something newsworthy to share we develop a release and put out this out on Mondays through Health4media, a specialist healthcare newswire.