1. Why Are Your Tablets Superior to Capsules
Most probiotic supplements are in capsules. Capsules are easy to swallow. The problem with capsules is that they offer little to no protection from the acidic stomach environment. As a result, the majority of the beneficial organisms that you ingest when you take the pill do not actually reach your large intestine alive. As a result, the capsule-enclosed probiotics confer very little (if any) benefit to you.
Enteric-coated probiotic capsules offer some protection, but the chemicals they are coated with are unhealthy. In addition, being freeze-dried, probiotics inside a capsule are hygroscopic, which means they attract moisture and air which shortens their shelf life span dramatically.
How are we different?
Instead of a coating or a capsule, we tablet our formulas using a patented manufacturing process called LiveBac and a patented delivery method called BIO-tract.
– Thanks to the patented LiveBac tableting system we use, our probiotic caplets are protected from moisture and air, and remain alive while on the shelf.
– Thanks to the BIO-tract delivery system we use, when our probiotic caplets interact with the stomach fluids, they form a protective shell around them. Once in the intestinal tract, bacteria are released from the core through the protective shell gradually over an 8-10 hour period. Having successfully bypassed the stomach acid, these beneficial microorganisms now attach and colonize on your small and large intestine, where you need them the most.
2. Do They Require Refrigeration?
Dr. Matthew #1 Probiotics do not require refrigeration. They incorporate a patented LiveBac® processing that guarantees significantly extended shelf-life for probiotic tablets without the refrigeration that is typically associated with capsules and other forms of probiotics.
Dr. Matthew #1 Probiotics are so stable that they can be shipped during high heat summer days without this affecting the viability of the microorganisms in the product.
3. Will this Survive a 105 Degree Heat Shipping?
The patented LiveBac® technology we use protects the probiotics from even extreme heat. This allows us to ship around the world without a cold pack, so you should be fine even in the desert. The product won’t lose its effectiveness!
4. Why Does it Not Pass the Milk Test
The short answer:
Dr. Matthew #1 Probiotics won’t pass the milk test because of the specific strains our formula contains and the technology used to keep the organisms alive.
Here is the long answer:
The probiotic “Milk Test,” as described on many websites, really is NOT an effective way to test the quality of the bacteria in probiotic supplements at home.
HERE ARE THE MAIN THREE REASONS WHY THE MILK TEST IS NOT EFFECTIVE:
- It is true that certain probiotic bacteria can cause milk to clump, but not all probiotic bacteria will do this in the “milk test.” Clumping in milk is caused when proteins (which are normally free floating) join together when the milk becomes acidic. Certain probiotic bacteria can make milk more acidic by fermenting lactose (milk sugar) into lactic acid — the process used to create yogurt, kefir, and cheese. A significant amount of lactic acid has to be produced to make the milk acidic enough for it to curdle.What does this mean? If a probiotic supplement does not contain a sufficient amount of the specific lactic acid producing bacteria, the milk won’t become sufficiently acidic to curdle. Now, there are hundreds of different probiotic strains, and probiotic supplements contain various combinations of them at different amounts. The fact that one supplement passes the milk test while the other doesn’t is just a reflection of the type and amount of lactic acid producing bacteria each supplement contains.
- Even if a probiotic supplement contains lactic acid producing bacteria, it may fail the “milk test”. This is because the common lactic acid strains used in most supplements can do the conversion of lactose into lactic acid ONLY when little oxygen is present. This condition (oxygen depletion) is impossible to achieve in a home setting. In other words, to prove there are live organisms a lab must test via specific lab procedures which can rarely be performed in a home environment.
- For a milk test to succeed, the tablets have to be properly crashed. If the probiotic organisms cannot be released and exposed to the milk, they won’t be active. Some probiotic tablets are only expected to properly break apart when subjected to heat and agitation, as in the stomach. Dr. Matthew #1 Probiotics are made using a patented technology (Bio-tract) that allows the bacteria in the tablet to be released only after they get “treated” by the stomach acid for several hours. This technology protects the probiotics from the “killing” effects of the stomach environment, and allows them to remain ALIVE until they reach deep in the gut where they colonize and exert their benefits. A pill in a glass of milk won’t simulate the stomach conditions by any means!
This is why ConsumerLabs.com, the biggest publisher of independent test results of dietary supplements, NEVER uses the milk test in its independent tests of probiotics, which it conducts every two years and publishes online. What they do instead is they measure the quantity of viable organisms by the resulting growth of bacterial colonies on incubated culture media. This is the most accurate scientific method to see how many live bacteria a probiotic supplement contains.
This is exactly the method we (and the third party lab that tests our product) use to ensure that our product indeed contains 15 billion alive probiotic microorganisms per serving.
THEN WHY DO SOME SUPPLEMENTS PASS THE MILK TEST? HERE ARE 3 REASONS:
- Some probiotic formulas contain only those probiotic strains that produce a sufficient amount of lactic acid, even in the presence of oxygen, to make the milk acidic enough for it to curdle. These probiotic formulas obviously consist of a handful (or just one) probiotic species, and therefore lack the important health benefits that a wide spectrum probiotic formula has. Research suggests that probiotics work better as a team. It is therefore important to take probiotic supplements with a wide variety of different strains. Matthew #1 Probiotics contain 15 of the safest, healthiest, and most researched species that exist. Two of them (Lactobacillus plantarum and Lactobacillus rhamnosus), which together consist 40% of the content of our formula, require anaerobic conditions (lack of oxygen) in order to produce lactic acid effectively, and therefore it’s not a surprise they fail the milk test!
- Another reason some probiotic supplements pass the milk test is because they contain some harmful bacteria, such as species of Streptococcus. These can also digest lactose and curdle milk, which could mislead you to believe that only healthful bacteria are present.
- Finally, some probiotic supplements contain the enzyme chymosin (also known as rennin). This can also cause milk to curdle by acting directly on proteins. It is commonly used in making cheese. The experts at ConsumerLabs agree: “The milk test has been misleadingly used to promote probiotic products in which chymosin has been added as an ingredient because the “test” will show the product to curdle milk relatively quickly. This, of course, does not prove that the probiotic organisms are present and active.”
5. Is it Vegan?
Dr. Matthew #1 Probiotic is 100% Vegetarian, all natural, and does not contain any chemicals, pesticides, herbicides or preservatives of any kind.
We say “vegetarian” instead of “vegan” simply because while this formula does not contain any animal by-products, it may contain trace amounts of the milk protein casein that is necessary for the fermentation process. Please know that when we say “trace amounts”, it is so little that it’s practically undetectable. The amount is <2.5 parts per million (that is less than .0000025%).
To better help you understand how small this amount is, imagine you fill one quarter of a teaspoon with milk. This is a very small amount, right? Now, you empty this small amount of milk into a bucket that has 3 gallons of water (this is a dilution of 1:10,000). Then you dip the teaspoon into this bucket and you fill one fourth of the teaspoon. And you swallow this tiny amount. Would that cause you any stomach problems? If you are intolerant to milk, this tiny amount would not cause you any problems whatsoever. Simply because the amount is infinitesimally small.
In other words, the amount of milk contained in one capsule of Dr. Matthew #1 Probiotics is much less than that contained in a drop that is the size of a dot created by a sharpened tip of a pen.
The reason we have to mention that our product contains these very small amounts of milk proteins is to protect people (usually children) that have severe milk allergies. Now, a milk allergy (unlike a milk intolerance) can be triggered even by a few molecules of the allergen. So, unlike other sellers who sell similar products with ours and don’t disclose this information (almost all probiotic supplement contain some small amounts of milk), we take the responsibility to mention that our product does contain these tiny amounts of milk proteins. This is to protect people (mainly children) that have severe milk allergies.
6. Why Are they Not Enclosed in a Capsule?
The reason they are not enclosed in a capsule is because they have to be moistened by the fluids in the stomach in order for the patented Bio-tract technology to get activated. This technology allows the gel matrix of the pill to create a protective layer once it interacts with the fluids of the stomach, shielding beneficial organisms from stomach acids and directing them to release later in their journey through the gastrointestinal tract. This is exactly what sets these probiotics apart from the others in the market, which are enclosed in a capsule and get killed in the stomach.
7. Is it Possible to Take Too Many Probiotics or Enzymes?
As long as you stay within the recommended dose, you are fine.
Truth is, there is no such thing as “overdose” when it comes to Probiotics and Enzymes. Our gut hosts 100 trillion bacteria (known as “microbiome”). That means there are 7,000 times more bacteria in your gut already than in the probiotic caplet that you are taking!
And our pancreas produces much higher quantities of enzymes after we eat a meal than what is contained in one enzyme capsule.
The point is, probiotics and enzymes are not something new for our body. They are both natural elements that our body contains/produces anyway. They are not drugs, which shock our body by changing biochemical reactions and producing serious side effects.
Having said that, this doesn’t mean that dietary supplements can’t cause unwanted reactions For example, if you have severe ulcers due to gastroesophageal reflux, taking enzymes may exacerbate your ulcers. This is because enzymes will interact with the unprotected surface on your esophagus and degrade it even more (that’s after all what enzymes are meant to do—break down proteins!)
Probiotics, too, may cause some initial reactions when you start taking them. In general, some people experience an increase in gas, bloating, constipation or thirst when they start taking probiotics. These side effects should go away within a few days.
This is known in the science community as the Jarisch-Herxheimer Reaction. It is the experience of feeling worse after starting a treatment than you did before you started. Some people call it a healing crisis. This reaction occurs at the beginning of many healing reactions including healing yourself with probiotics, and it lasts only for a few days or weeks.
Simply put, when you have an abundance of bacteria within your gut and you take something that shifts the bacterial balance (like a probiotic), your body creates an immune system response to handle the toxins that your body is working to get rid of. These die-off reactions (or detoxification issues, as we prefer to call them since your body is actually getting rid of toxins) can manifest themselves as gas, bloating, loose bowels, constipation, and even mild headaches, nausea or acne.
In a case like this, it is recommended that you try lowering your dose to half a caplet a day or even one every other day. This will help give your body time to adjust. It’s also very important to stay hydrated to help your body process any extra waste that’s being produced. Most of the time these issues will fade away after a few days (or sometimes weeks).
8. Will I Experience Any Side Effects Taking Probiotics
While most people do not experience side effects when taking probiotics, the most commonly reported reaction is a temporary mild stomach pain, an increase in gas and bloating, and mild constipation or diarrhea. These reactions are a very good sign that positive shifts in your digestive system are occurring!
As you introduce the beneficial bacteria and they begin to get to work, they produce things like vitamins and lactic acid, which can lead to discomfort until your body acclimates to this new level of activity. So, it’s totally normal to experience some unpleasant digestive symptoms as your microbiome is replenished with good bacteria releasing bad bugs and toxins. These side effects typically subside after a few days of continued use.
Here are some suggestions that may help promote a gentler acclimation to the beneficial bacterial being introduced in your gut. First, you might consider decreasing your dosage to half a caplet taken daily or even every other day. When you start to feel more balanced, you can work back up to the normal daily dosage. I find it’s helpful to listen to your body and determine what the right dose is for you now and as time passes.
Drinking plenty of water throughout the day is also extremely helpful. Staying well-hydrated can move along the byproducts produced by this re-balancing process and this can have the effect of minimizing detox effects. By upping your water intake and focusing on a whole foods, plant-based diet, I believe you may notice an improvement in the detoxification issues.
9. What Does it Mean that Dr. Matthew Probiotic Contains Only Human Strains?
Dr Matthew # Probiotic contains only human strains. The common misconception is that a human strain probiotic is one that is derived from the human body. Instead, human strain probiotics are simply those that are naturally occurring in the human body—they are not sourced or “collected” from humans.
In other words, human strain probiotics, while not sourced from people, are the same types of bacteria that naturally reside within the human gut and elsewhere throughout the body. While human strain bacteria have adapted particularly well to the GI tract, their source is removed by countless generations, meaning they’ve had absolutely no human contact (aside from handling) at any point in time.
To give you an example, Yogurt is a cultured or fermented milk product that is soured and thickened by adding specific lactic acid-producing cultures to milk. The basic cultures or probiotics used to make yogurt are Lactobacillus bulgaricus. Lactobacillus bulgaricus is a beneficial bacteria found in the digestive tract! This doesn’t mean that yogurt contains bacteria derived from humans! Instead, it contains bacteria that have been cultured in vitro (that means they have propagated through thousands of generational cycles, outside a human organism) for many years, and are now used for various applications.
So, despite the name, human strain probiotics don’t actually contain human byproducts or ingredients. They are simply strains of beneficial bacteria that have been found to live in the human digestive tract. That means they are already adapted to thrive in the human gut. According to research, because they are native to the human intestinal tract, they are superior to probiotics from other sources.
The two most prevalent types of native bacteria in your gut and in human strain probiotic dietary supplements are Lactobacilli, which are found in the small intestines, and Bifidobacteria, which reside in the large intestines. Our formula contains strains from both Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria.