consortia probiotics With probiotics taking the consumer market by storm, it can be hard to navigate through the supplement aisle, deciphering which probiotic formula is best for you. Don’t give up just yet, though! We have the scoop on the difference between ‘pure culture’ and ‘consortia’ probiotics.

Pure Cultures

Just as the name suggests, ‘pure-culture’ probiotics are single-strain probiotic supplements. Depending on your motivation for supplementation, this may be just what you need. Different strains are designed to target different conditions, providing a unique set of benefits. Typically, however, these single-strain probiotic supplements are produced in a lab and are available in capsule form.

Furthermore, the companies providing ‘pure culture’ supplements are only providing the bacteria themselves, while other brands – like SCD Essential Probiotics® – provide these strains in the broth they are initially brewed in, which contains the metabolic products of the bacteria. These products include enzymes and probiotics, which are beneficial substances.

Consortia Technology

The easiest way to understand how consortia technology works is to think of it like its own microbial consortium. In this situation, rather than having a handful of organizations or businesses, we have a group of different bacteria strains that coexist in the same ecosystem. What’s interesting, though, is that consortia technology is designed to actually mirror what occurs in nature. With a microbial treatment representative of how nature works, these products tend to be more resilient against the most extreme conditions.

The Essential Probiotics Difference

SCD Essential Probiotics places an emphasis on nature, and in an effort to stay true to this principle, our supplement is consortia-based. Unlike pure-culture supplements, we use – not one but – 11 different live strains. As a result, users end up with a comprehensive probiotic supplement that survives stomach acid 16x better than the leading brands. †

The secret weapon to such resilience? During our proprietary consortia culturing process, different strains of bacteria interact with each other and reach a “balanced” state, thus creating a small “ecosystem”. As a result, this process makes the bacteria stronger and more stable, allowing the formula to resist very low pH levels. Another advantage of this production process is the increased shelf life our products have.

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† These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.