On The Gut Club someone asked about a Slovenia Probiotic Mixture. I have great respect for some of the raw probiotics that Eastern Europe produces and often sell on to retail packagers to mix and sell.
Today, there was a mixture which I must described as tossing in the kitchen sink!!! The mixture was literally tossing in anything and everything that could possibly have a health benefit.
What is in it? 20 BCFU consisting of:
|Bacillus subtilis||Lactobacillus delbrückii|
|Bifidobacterium bifidum||Lactobacillus farraginis|
|Bifidobacterium breve||Lactobacillus gasseri|
|Bifidobacterium longum||Lactobacillus helveticus|
|Bifidobacterium infantis||Lactobacillus johnsonii|
|Bifidobacterium lactis||Lactobacillus paracasei|
|Bifidobacterium lactis||Lactobacillus parafarraginis|
|Enterococcus faecium||Lactobacillus plantarum|
|Lactobacillus acidophilus||Lactobacillus reuteri|
|Lactobacillus amylolyticus||Lactobacillus rhamnosus|
|Lactobacillus amylovorus||Lactobacillus salivarius|
|Lactobacillus bulgaricus||Lactobacillus zeae|
|Lactobacillus casei||Lactococcus diacetylactis|
|Lactobacillus casei||Lactococcus lactis|
|Lactobacillus casei||Streptococcus thermophilus|
At least one of these I have never seen for sale in a probiotic before, Lactobacillus zeae. I found almost nothing about it effects clinically and not a single safety study.
So we toss every strain on the lab kitchen shelf in… BUT WAIT, THERE IS MORE…
- Angelica Root,
- Raspberry – Leaves,
- Olive – Leaves,
- Red Tea,
- Red Clover,
- Black Cumin,
- Sweet Root,
- Pink Root,
- Grapefruit Extract,
- Terrible Roast Extract (OPC) and
- Ganoderma lucidum
And it’s manufactured in Germany — so this must be good!
This is the typical pattern that I see with a lot of supplements and probiotics. Toss in whatever marketing studies find are popular and sell it. No medical studies, and literally no science often. Just give the masses what is currently circulating as alternative medicine urban myths.
This is the new snake-oil salesmanship!