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Probiotic Gummies Benefits & Why They Should Be SBOs
By Dr. Josh Axe
April 13, 2023
Probiotics are healthy microbes, including bacteria and yeast, that live inside each of our gut microbiomes. Not only are trillions of these microbes residing in your GI tract, they can also be consumed from probiotic foods and supplements.
What happens to your body when you start taking probiotics? Probiotic health benefits include supporting a healthy microbiome, as well as healthy digestive and immune system functions. For example, probiotics assist in maintaining a healthy gut lining, proper nutrient absorption, elimination and immune responses.
When choosing a probiotic supplement, you typically have the option of purchasing capsules, powder or gummies. Let’s take a look at why probiotic gummies make an easy-to-use addition to your supplement routine, and how they can support generally healthy gut function.
Of course, you should always consult your healthcare professional prior to beginning any new dietary or lifestyle regimen, including supplementation.
Gummies are types of supplements that can be chewed instead of swallowed whole. Most gummies have an appealing taste, which makes it easier to remember to take them every day.
Probiotic gummies are chewable supplements that contain healthy microbes, such as the types of probiotics called soil-based organisms (or SBOs). Types of beneficial SBO strains include Bacillus coagulans and Bacillus subtilis, which are the exact strains found in our SBO Probiotics formulas.
In addition to containing probiotics, gummy supplements are also made with other ingredients such as: gelatin, corn starch, pectin fiber, sugar, oil, flavors and coloring.
There are different types of probiotic gummies available, each with its own unique blend of ingredients, but the preferred types are those made without lots of added sugar, or artificial flavors or sweeteners.
Probiotic gummies offer the same bodywide benefits as probiotic capsules, mainly support for gut health, healthy digestion and immune system function.
While these are the primary benefits of taking probiotics on a regular basis, these supplements can contribute to many other health perks, too, such as support for cognitive health (depending on the formula). Probiotic foods can also help boost your outlook due to the “gut-brain connection.”
When it comes to probiotic capsules vs. gummies, both have certain advantages. They also share many of the same benefits, since they mostly contain the same nutrients (only sometimes in different amounts).
The main advantage of probiotic capsules is that they often contain higher amounts of probiotics compared to gummies.
Probiotic capsules tend to have a higher CFU (colony forming units) count compared to gummies, which describes the number of cells that can multiply to form a colony in probiotic supplements.
In other words: You may need to take more gummies each day to meet your needs compared to capsules, although you should always read and follow label directions for use. That’s because it’s easier to create concentrated capsules that offer a higher count of probiotics than it is to create concentrated gummies.
Another differentiator is that probiotic capsules tend to have a greater diversity of microbial strains than gummies do, as well as prebiotics and postbiotics.
For instance, Ancient Nutrition’s SBO Probiotics gummies do not have prebiotics or postbiotics like our SBO Probiotics capsules do, and they contain two strains of probiotics, while our SBO capsules contain four strains.
On the other hand, probiotic gummies have the advantage of being able to be chewed.
For people who dislike swallowing capsules or who struggle to do so, including children of the appropriate age and the elderly, gummies make a great alternative to capsules/tablets. Gummies taste great, often with berry or orange flavors, which makes them feel like a yummy treat.
Do probiotic gummies really work? Yes! Don’t be fooled by their fun favor; they are still effective at increasing your intake of healthy probiotic microbes.
Probiotic gummies can help support you or your child’s digestive comfort, such as by reducing occasional constipation and gas, and can support a healthy immune response.
Here’s more about the benefits of taking SBO Probiotic Gummies on a daily basis:
Supports healthy gut function, healthy microbial balance and a healthy microbiome.
Promotes a healthy GI tract.
Supports a healthy immune response, considering the vast majority of the immune system is located inside the gut.
Promotes a healthy inflammation response.
Supports healthy bowel transit time, such as by promoting regular elimination and supporting gut motility.
Helps reduce occasional constipation, gas and bloating.
Helps reduce symptoms of flatulence, abdominal distension and discomfort.
Can help improve gut motility.
SBO Probiotics are made with soil-based organisms, a type of microbe traditionally found in soil and on freshly picked fruits and vegetables.
I recommend SBOs over other types of probiotics because they’re tough and hardy, meaning they’re capable of surviving and thriving in the gut so they can offer all of the benefits you’re looking for.
SBO probiotics also don’t require refrigeration, as they’re shelf stable and can withstand temperature fluctuations, making them easy to store.
Ancient Nutrition offers two types of SBO probiotic gummies:
Featuring 10 billion CFUs* (*at best by date) per serving (two gummies per day for adults), our SBO Probiotic Gummies offer gut and digestive support thanks to tough probiotics that are resilient and highly adaptable.
These gummies are gluten-free and made without common allergens (such as dairy and soy) and suitable for adults or children over 4 years old who follow Paleo, keto, vegan and vegetarian diets. They’re made without gelatin and contain 4 grams of sugar per two-gummy serving.
Our SBO Probiotics Kids Gummies pack the same benefits as our SBO capsules intended for adults into fun-to-eat gummies that kids love. Each serving (one gummy) provides 5 billion CFUs* (*at best by date) of SBO probiotics, which is enough to support healthy digestion and immune system function. The benefits of probiotics for kids also extend to supporting healthy bowel transit time and crowding out “bad guy bacteria."
Our kid-friendly gummies are gluten-free and made without dairy, soy or artificial flavors, sweeteners or colors — plus, they’re non-GMO and vegan. With 2 grams of added sugar per serving (from organic cane sugar), they taste yummy without adding unnecessary sugar to your child’s diet.
How to use probiotic gummies:
It’s generally safe and beneficial for adults and children over 4 to take SBO Probiotic Gummies every day as directed.
The recommended serving size of our adult SBO Probiotic Gummies is 2 gummies per day.
If giving SBO Probiotics Kids Gummies to your child age 4 and up, have them thoroughly chew 1 gummy each day.
You can enjoy probiotic gummies any time of day, either with or without food. However, taking probiotics on an empty stomach if possible, either when first waking up or right before bed (roughly 2–3 hours after your last meal), can help maximize absorption. Be sure to read and follow label directions for proper use and check with your child’s pediatrician prior to use.
Dr. Josh Axe, DC, DNM, CNS, is a doctor of chiropractic, doctor of natural medicine, clinical nutritionist and author with a passion to help people get well using food and nutrition. He operates leading natural health website DrAxe.com and is co-founder of Ancient Nutrition, a health supplement company. He’s also author of the books Eat Dirt, Essential OIls: Ancient Medicine, Keto Diet, Collagen Diet and Ancient Remedies.