Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
Before you look at cfu, or colony forming units, you need to be sure you know what strains you are getting so you know if they are going to be effective. You can have many strains of bacteria in a product, but if they are not the right kind, they won't help you.
If you've identified the strain and it is clearly labeled, then you can turn your attention to the cfu. The minimum serving you should take is 1 billion cfu – it's the least amount of organisms needed to get a measurable effect. A therapeutic amount is around 10 billion cfu. Natren® has always listed potency of specific strains in cfu, when no other companies were doing that and the practice continues even today.
The powder products are protected with the intrinsic supernatant, part of the original nourishing and protective culture medium, which provides a natural buffer against gastric acid.
Micro-enrobing with a unique oil matrix is the best way to protect probiotic bacteria from stomach acid. Natren Healthy Trinity® is the first to introduce a micro-enrobing, unique delivery system – a hard gel capsule in which three super strains of probiotic bacteria are suspended in sunflower oil and vitamin E to keep the bacteria separate, noncompetitive and protected from gastric digestive juices for optimum absorption.
The bacteria strains must be bile-resistant. All Natren probiotics have laboratory-tested bile-resistant strains which will survive bile salts.
All of Natren's Dairy Free POWDERS are Vegan; i.e. Megadophilus Dairy Free and Bifido Factor Dairy Free powders. Take 1 tsp. a day of each, up to three times a day for rapid results. Note: Digesta-Lac Dairy Free is only available in veggie caps, not in powder form.
If you're not into taking powders, Natren also has a veggie cap system; so, any dairy-free powder in veggie caps is suitable for Vegans. All the products referenced above are available in Veggie Caps. Note: Digesta-Lac Dairy Free is only available in veggie caps, not in powder form.
Finally, for the Vegan guru who's serious about his/her probiotic health, Natren offers the Dairy Free Healthy Trinity System in veggie caps.
Note: This is Natasha Trenev's personal opinion and should not be construed as medical advice. Please consult with a medical doctor if you need more information.
"The dynamics of the internal 100 trillion microorganisms changes continually according to the following factors: genetic predisposition, aging, daily stress, consumption of antimicrobial substances including antibiotics, a poor diet that favors the growth of undesirable microorganisms, travel, microbes found in food, air, and water and daily elimination of waste. Up to 40% of dried weight fecal matter is bacteria thus a tremendous shift happens whenever we have a bowel movement. There are no other more compelling reasons to consume probiotic beneficial bacteria than the ones listed. I often tell people you like to eat and drink every day why wouldn't you want to positively influence the most important ecological factor for your health? I believe it is more important than diet and exercise...but that is my opinion based on 40 years of research in this field."