by Erin Giberson | February 06, 2019
What do you think when you hear “probiotics”? Do you take probiotics supplements, or are you hesitant because you question the benefits? Maybe you just want to know more about probiotics facts and myths.
With all the information out there, sometimes it’s easy to be skeptical about whether or not something like probiotics work.
Plus, like most things, probiotics aren’t created equally in terms of quality and effectiveness.
So, let’s compare the common myths to the facts about probiotics in general to find out the facts about the health benefits of probiotics supplements.
From the Greek word pro for “promoting” and biotic, meaning “life”, probiotics are a concentration of beneficial microorganisms, also called microbiomes, for human and animal systems. Often found in yogurts and real foods, probiotics improve digestive health by offsetting bad bacteria, promoting regularity and balanced functioning.
For this reason, a healthy microbiome contributes to overall wellness and immunity.
Immunity is our body’s ability to resist illness from microbial exposure such as during cold and flu season or travel.The balance of good and bad bacteria in our digestive tract plays a critically important role in maintaining our immunity strength, and actually it is estimated by scientists that 70% of our immunity lies in the digestive tract. For many people, increasing good bacteria levels through regular probiotic consumption (of a quality supplement like sho Balance probiotics) improves overall immunity.
Have you heard this one? If you google “probiotics,” you’ll find claims that probiotics don’t really even work or, worse, that they are dangerous for your health.
When we talk about probiotics, we need to look at CFU counts, scientific research, stability, and proven effectiveness. Many probiotics brands do not share this information or have inadequate backing. L.K-1 in sho Balance vegan probiotics supplements has been extensively researched from specific clinical studies in these areas.
Probiotics play a very important role to keep our body healthy and balanced, such as properly digesting and absorbing nutrients in the food, regulating the digestive flora balance and eliminating toxins, and strengthening immunity.
sho Balance vegan probiotics is a premium blend featuring 100 Billion CFU (Colony Forming Units) of plant-based and extensively tested Lactobacillus Casei K-1 (L. K-1) which has over 20 years of research and commercial success in Japan demonstrating effectiveness and safety in areas of digestive balance and regularity, detoxification and immunity, and skin health.
Additionally, quality probiotics supplements with a specific strain and high CFU count, like sho Balance, may help with a range of conditions.
Research shows that, in addition to improving regularity, probiotics can help with the following conditions (1):
As new studies continue to demonstrate the importance of gut health, regular use of probiotics supplement is one way to promote and maintain a healthy microbiome.
It’s also common to hear that all probiotics are the same, which isn’t the case. Aside from obvious indicators like CFU counts, many probiotics are manufactured with fillers and binders. Low CFU counts plus unnecessary and unhealthy additives are not the same as ones that don’t have these hidden ingredients.
sho Balance premium vegan probiotics blend is made without fillers, binders, animal by-products, artificial ingredients, or sweeteners. When you’re only getting quality ingredients, you aren’t getting the same as others. You’re getting the best.
Formulated without additives and without common allergens such as gluten, dairy, nuts, fish, eggs, sho Balance is a probiotic and prebiotic premium blend.
sho Balance contains 100 Billion CFU L. Casei K-1 with prebiotic FOS to further support probiotic livelihood. The addition of spirulina, a superfood nutrient with antioxidant properties, plus flaxseed and olive oil with Omega-3s help to nourish intestinal system functioning and improve immunity.
With sho Balance vegan probiotics, you know exactly what you’re getting.
Now, it is true that some probiotics, even the “live ones” such as contained in yogurts or requiring refrigeration, may not be able to withstand harsh stomach acids and might be destroyed before they can reach the intestines to be beneficial. But that’s not the case with sho.
L. Casei K-1 in sho Balance vegan probiotics supplements are heat stabilized to maintain potency and durability until absorbed.
With research comping lactic acid bacteria derived from rice between live and heat-processed, the probiotics strain Lactobacillus Casei K-1 in sho Balance is proven effective for surviving the digestive tract to be effective and safe for the healthy effects of detoxification and regularity (2).
Many live probiotic vitamins and supplements do require refrigeration. This makes such probiotics more susceptible to damage due to varied and uncontrollable storage conditions during shipment or after purchase, and it makes them less travel-friendly for going on trips or even for taking with you during the day. It also makes it harder to take probiotics that require refrigeration, and, when you do remember, it makes it questionable as to whether the potency is sustained.
sho Balance premium vegan probiotics is shelf-stable and do not require refrigeration. You can take sho with you, anytime, anywhere, even on-the-go. Lactobacillus Casei K-1 in sho Balance is shelf stable with 2 years’ shelf life and without need of refrigeration.
L. Casei K-1 powders in stable condition and in heated condition were tested to measure their survival counts, and effects on anti-mutagenesis and constipation relief. The evidence from testing K-1 has shown similar effects both under regular and heated conditions, and therefore it is proven to be an ideal probiotic ingredient suitable for commercial production in various types of health foods and dietary supplements.
And sho’s state-of-the-art vegan softgel shell made in Japan is cleaner and more stable than the traditional animal-based gelatin shell, making sho Spheri-Gels less likely to turn soft or sticky with more stability.
And, with sho’s patented daily-tracking dispenser and easy-to-swallow Spheri-Gels, sho Balance vegan probiotics supplements are easy-to-take and easy-to-remember.
A lot of information circulating about probiotics claims that multi-strain options are better than single-strains - because of the idea that more strains offer more value. Yet, the problem with many multi-strains is that they are not tested individually and in their particular combination . So, without research, it’s just a guess as to how the blend will work or interact, and the CFU count is misleading since it’s unclear how much of each strain is present - remember, it’s not just the type of the strain - it needs to contain sufficient amount of the probiotics consistent with the clinical studies which may show the effectiveness.
sho Balance premium vegan probiotics contain 100 Billion CFU - the exact amount used in the clinically studies that have shown the effectiveness, of the clinically researched probiotics strain Lactobacillus Casei K-1. With sho, you know the exact strain, amount, and science-backed results that you’re getting.
L. Casei K-1 is a powerful Lactobacillus strain extensively researched by the well-known Japanese health food manufacturer, Kameda Seika, and research guru of plant-based probiotics, Professor Sanae Okada of Tokyo University of Agriculture, since 1990s. During extensive studies, over 300 types of bacteria were identified in fermented rice, after a series of screening and elimination process (by the criteria of stability and resistance to digestive acid and bile, anti-mutagenesis effect, no gas byproduct in the process, taste for food products, fermentation speed, etc.), and Lactobacillus Casei K-1 was selected as the winner for commercial applications.
Research has shown its detoxification effects in neutralizing carcinogen levels from unhealthy food, and its benefits in regulating bowel movement: consuming L. Casei K-1 at 100mg daily for 2 weeks has been clinically shown to help relieve constipation measured by stool frequency, amount, and shape (3).
Additional research supports its effectiveness in reducing inflammation which contributes to strengthening immunity and improving skin conditions (4).
L. Casei K-1 is proven to be effective, safe, and suitable for all lifestyles including a vegan diet, thanks to its potent detox effects sourced from fermented rice, with no dairy or other common allergens.
With sho Balance, you know everything you’re getting and what each ingredient does for you. In addition to its 100 Billion CFU of Lactobacillus Casei K-1, sho Balance contains a prebiotic FOS, spirulina, and flaxseed and olive oils. Prebiotics increase the effectiveness of probiotics in cultivating good microbiome bacteria while spirulina, a nutritional powerhouse, provides antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits for digestion, regularity, and immunity. Additionally, flaxseed and olive oils lubricate the digestive tract to improve overall function and health.
sho Balance has only these premium, food-sourced natural ingredients in a vegan, gluten-free, and additive-free Spheri Gel, so you’re getting the best probiotics blend without anything you don’t need.
This is why it’s important to choose probiotics supplements carefully as many probiotics strains are processed from animal or dairy ingredients, and supplements may also contain animal byproducts in the inactive ingredients such as gelatin capsule of pork origin.
Plus, we source the highest quality ingredients from the most established, reputable suppliers in the US and Japan. The supplements and vitamins are encapsulated at a state-of-the-art manufacturer in Japan which has a 20+ year track record of high-quality manufacturing. The facility is US FDA-registered, and GMP, HACCP, and Organic JAS certified. Product assembly, packaging, and fulfillment are conducted at an FDA-registered, GMP certified facility in the New York tri-state area. All our partners follow stringent quality control procedures and provide documentation to ensure the quality, purity, and strength of our ingredients and formulations.
When it comes to a probiotics myth or truth topic, don’t be fooled by claims that probiotics don’t work, are dangerous, or are all the same.
sho Balance vegan probiotics with 100 Billion CFU Lactobacillus Casei K-1 is clinically researched, made with quality ingredients, and stringently manufactured.
Track each day with a patented dispenser that travels anywhere and easily releases a petite Spheri Gel with just a click: you’ll want to take your supplements and “sho” off your simple daily habit!
Try sho Balance for yourself and experience the difference in how you feel!
1. Brown, PhD.M.J. (2016) https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/8-health-benefits-of-probiotics#section9 “8 Health Benefits of Probiotics”
2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5510156/ Y. Saito et al. 2017; 36(3): 111–120. Published online 2017 Apr 14. doi: [10.12938/bmfh.16-031]. Effects of intake of Lactobacillus casei subsp. casei 327 on skin conditions: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group study in women
3. Kimiko SENO, Takehisa KUMAGAI, Toshiyuki WATANABE, Sanae OKADA (2009). Effect of administration of fermented milk using plant origin lactic acid bacteria on defecation
4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5510156/ Y. Saito et al. 2017; 36(3): 111–120. Published online 2017 Apr 14. doi: [10.12938/bmfh.16-031]. Effects of intake of Lactobacillus casei subsp. casei 327 on skin conditions: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group study in women