Questions on probiotics?

Here are the answers

Are all probiotic supplements basically the same?

No. Probiotic supplements can differ in the type and amount of strains used. We have designed Sound Probiotics to contain the ideal amount and types of probiotic strains for the athlete. Our probiotics are developed using the highest quality standards in an NSF, cGMP certified facility.


Does it matter what probiotic strains I take?

Absolutely! There are many different strains of probiotics, but research has shown that they don't all have the same effects. This is why Sound Probiotics uses the strains studied specifically in athletes.


Shouldn’t I take as many probiotics as possible?

No. Studies show that the most effective daily dose of probiotics for humans is between 15 and 25 billion CFU. More importantly, the studies specifically on athletes use this same range in tests. Consuming a high amount of probiotics doesn’t improve efficacy because in high doses much of the probiotic will not reach or cling to the intestinal wall and simply pass through the system.


What about only taking probiotics when I’m sick or before a race?

The intestine is in a constant state of replenishment and the battle between good and bad bacteria doesn't take a day off. In order to keep a sufficient supply of probiotics in your system, daily supplementation is recommended.

Isn’t it enough to eat fermented food or yogurt?

We are all for eating fermented foods. But the difference is that in fermented foods you don't always know the quantity or type of probiotic you are consuming. Since probiotics have strain specific effects, yogurt or kombucha are not going to have the same desired effects.

What kind of capsule do you use?

Sound Probiotics uses a patented capsule technology with targeted release to the gut. This is to ensure that you are getting the maximum potency of the probiotics since many of them can be destroyed in stomach acid.

Do I need to refrigerate Sound Probiotics? What about really cold temperatures?

Our strains have a very high stability. Sound Probiotics does not need to be refrigerated to retain its efficacy. Nor do you need to worry about ordering during cold weather. The Lactobacillus Acidophilus will be just fine at <32°F and the remainder of the formula will actually be stable at temps as low as -20°F. 

How should I take Sound Probiotics?

The recommended use is one capsule daily. Probiotics are most effective when taken for a minimum of 7-10 days. It takes this long for the good bacteria to "seed" the gut. We also recommend taking Sound Probiotics with your recovery drink as probiotics can aid in the absorption of important nutrients including amino acids.

What is Beta-Glucan and why is it in Sound Probiotics?

Beta-glucan is a prebiotic and has been found to have synergistic activity when combined with probiotics. Even when used by itself, beta-glucan has been shown to benefit the immune system. It also has scientific research supporting its use in athletes.

Why didn't you use the prebiotic FOS (fructo-oligosaccharide)?

FOS is a prebiotic commonly used in supplements. However, recent research demonstrates that it is not as effective as we once thought and the data on FOS as a prebiotic shows we need 4-8 grams per day for any benefit. Arguably, the most important reason we didn't use FOS is that it can cause a lot of flatulence.

Does Sound Probiotics dietary supplement require refrigeration?

Our probiotic is not going to go “bad” if it is not refrigerated and it is formulated so that it does not need to be refrigerated. You can keep the bottle in your race bag so that you have it at the end of your event and able to consume with your recovery drink.

Do I need an enteric coating? 

No. Enteric coatings like those used for aspirin and other drugs do not work with probiotics. For one thing the common polyacrylamide “super glue” coatings, besides having potential carcinogenic activity, actually destabilize the shelf life of probiotics because they cause moisture retention within the product.

There are now new generation delivery systems that employ polymeric carbohydrates such as alginates or pectin. But these are not enteric coatings, they are complex formulations that actually “turn on” once they contact stomach acid. This makes a big difference in the effectiveness of the probiotic supplement.