The Real Reason Most Probiotics Don’t Deliver…

Have you tried a bunch of different probiotics only to end up disappointed?

Maybe you searched the Internet looking for “the best probiotic” or “probiotic to stop diarrhea” and gotten back thousands of hits. Or maybe the people in the health food store recommended one of their biggest sellers. 

However you came to try those probiotics, there’s a reason they didn’t work for you: Most probiotics on the market don’t – actually can’t – work the way people think they will.

But that doesn’t mean all probiotic supplements are useless. In fact, when you get the right combination of clinically proven strains, that probiotic formulation could turn your health around.

Figuring Out Formulations: What Goes in the Bottle?

Figuring out an effective probiotic formulation takes more than throwing a dozen popular strains into a capsule. It takes years of research to discover the most effective forms, and even longer to see how well they do – or don’t – work together

Next, the probiotics have to actually survive the digestive process until they get to the large intestine, home of the gut microbiome. But very few commercial probiotics can actually survive that harsh passage, which includes:

  • high temperatures
  • stomach acid
  • digestive enzymes

If the probiotics actually make it to the gut microbiome alive, they have to be able to colonize. That means they have to win the competition with bad bacteria for space and nutrients. They also have to encourage the growth of other types of beneficial bacteria to keep the microbiome in healthy balance. 

Finally, effective probiotics must improve and maintain the health of their human hosts (us).

We ask a lot of our probiotics… so we have to make sure the probiotics we take can get the job done.

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Well-Studied, Effective, and Hardy

The most researched probiotics in the world belong to a family of spore probiotics in the Bacillus family. These strains have been around forever (literally), and thousands of studies back up their effectiveness in animals and people.

Some of these Bacillus spore probiotics, such as Bacillus subtilis, have been used around the world (but not in the U.S.) as prescription drugs since the 1950s. They’ve been used in clinics and hospital settings to treat patients for more than 60 years – so we know they work in real people with real health conditions, and not just in a lab setting.

Plus, spore probiotics are specifically designed by nature to survive digestion so they can colonize the gut microbiome. Until they reach their destination, spore probiotics exist in a sort of hibernation where they’re completely shielded from the environment around them. Once they arrive in the gut microbiome, spore probiotics spring to life and claim their space along the lining of the large intestine. They kill off bad bacteria and create a friendly environment for other beneficial bacteria.

So for an effective probiotic formula, you have to start with spores.

Did You Know?

The strains you see in most probiotic supplements are not naturally found in your gut. The specific strains of Acidophilus, Lactobacillus, and Bifidobacteria used in commercial probiotic blends are different than the strains of those bacteria in the gut. Same name, but not the same probiotic.

Which Strains Really Work?

There are dozens of strains of spore bacteria, but only a handful work as effective probiotics.

The best of the bunch include:

  • Bacillus subtilis
  • Bacillus coagulans
  • Bacillus clausii
  • Bacillus indicus

Each of these spore probiotics meets all of the tests: well-studied, effective, and able to survive digestion. The four team up to take down bad bacteria in the gut microbiome, clearing space for other beneficial bacteria to survive and flourish.

And they also each bring some unique qualities that let them work even better together.

Bacillus subtilis produces vitamin K2-7, which is essential for overall good health, and a special enzyme called nattokinase, which supports heart health and circulation. B. subtilis also produces at least a dozen powerful compounds that kill harmful bacteria and other pathogens. This powerful spore probiotic also stimulates the immune system to respond to infections, even in elderly people with slowed immune responses. 

Bacillus Indicus takes unique to a whole other level. This game-changing spore probiotic works as an in-house antioxidant factory, producing RDA-level quantities of highly bioavailable carotenoids, including:

  • Lycopene
  • Lutein
  • Zeaxanthin
  • Astaxanthin
  • Beta-carotene

And along with those health-promoting antioxidants, B. indicus also produces highly absorbable essential nutrients including several B vitamins, vitamin K2, and quinols such as CoQ10.

Bacillus coagulans has a profound effect on inflammatory conditions, especially those that affect the gut. This spore probiotic helps defend the gut and reduce inflammation that can set off a wide range of uncomfortable symptoms. One reason B. coagulans is so effective: It produces a special form of lactic acid (called the L+ optical isomer) that works harder to properly stimulate the immune system (without overstimulating it) and protect the gut.

Bacillus clausii has been used as a prescription drug around the world for a long time. This hardy spore probiotic resists damage from many common antibiotics. That allows it to give beneficial bacteria a foothold during a course of antibiotic treatment, and fight against opportunistic infectious bacteria that can multiply quickly during antibiotic-induced dysbiosis (gut microbiome imbalance). At the same time, B. clausii supports healthy immune system function and helps speed recovery during gut-related illnesses. (Learn more) 

Trust Just Thrive: Well-Studied, Effective, and Proven to Survive

When your body is counting on your gut microbiome to stay healthy, you need a probiotic supplement you can trust. And that’s exactly what you’ll get with Just Thrive spore probiotics.

Just Thrive contains four proven strains of spore probiotics:

  • Bacillus subtilis
  • Bacillus coagulans
  • Bacillus clausii
  • Bacillus indicus

Our formula was carefully designed to include only well-studied strains of safe, effective spore probiotics. But we didn’t stop there…

At Just Thrive, we want to be sure that what happens in studies reflects a real life experience, so we take our trials to the next level. That includes conducting human studies using our spore probiotic formula under the same conditions it will face in real life: out of a bottle that’s been packaged, shipped, and stuck on a shelf.

We have several clinical studies awaiting publication right now… and 13 more currently in the works. As we learn more about the benefits of Just Thrive spore probiotics, we’ll share the news with you right away. And you can count on the fact that Just Thrive spore probiotics are well-studied, effective, and proven to survive until they reach your gut microbiome.  

In the meantime, you can trust that every bottle of Just Thrive spore probiotics will deliver a fresh supply of beneficial bacteria to your gut microbiome… and keep your gut in healthy balance.