Food Review: Bio-K+ Does It Again


Bio K Plus has just released a new probiotic supplement for celiacs and dairy-free, soy-free, and sugar-free individuals. Each little bottle offers 50 billion—yes, billion—beneficial bacteria at the time of consumption.  The recent product is organic-sprouted-rice-based and free of dairy, wheat, corn, soy, and sugar, not to mention certified organic.

When we originally product-tested Bio-K+’s gluten-free, dairy-free product (purple box) in 2009, I asked Senior Vice President Michel Sirgent if Bio-K+ had plans to make a soy-free and sugar-free probiotic supplement for consumers. I’m celiac and do prefer to stay off dairy, yet I experienced tremendous change on their soy-based product. His response was that they were working on this rice-based product and hoped to have it released in 2010. He carefully explained the need for the sugar to allow the bacteria to thrive, yet the delicate balance of the two strains was a challenge. The problem is the strains will “fight” each other. They’ve solved that problem, guaranteeing 50 billion bacteria “alive” when you open each bottle!

If you’re like many others and myself, you have looked in the refrigerated section or on the shelves for probiotics featuring a multitude of bacterium names to feel satisfied that you were getting “plenty” of strains for your money. After all, probiotics are not inexpensive. Since we’ve tested the products of this company, we’ve been through a learning curve, which resulted in a completely new view on probiotics, all backed by scientific evidence and facts.

Get this! The Food and Agriculture Organization of the U.S., endorsed by many probiotics associations such as the Lutte Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics, states, “Probiotics are live organisms, which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit to the host.” So to be considered true probiotics, a supplement must have viable microorganisms and must be sufficient in quantity to prove beneficial effects for the body.

Let me discuss a few key points to assure you and I purchase a truly beneficial product. Probiotics must be ingested in live form, need to be able to survive the acidic environment of the stomach and bile in the duodenum, and still be able to function and adhere to the lining of the GI tract in order interact with the GI immune system. They will achieve reduction of pathogen colonization by competing for space.

With 100 trillion bacteria in the digestive tract controlling 70 percent of our immune system, it is worth our time and money, not to mention our health, to have a product that works.

I like Bio-K+ and have been religiously using their soy products, but this new rice-based formula with no sugar was worth a try. Nine of us tested the new sprouted organic brown rice Bio-K+, and we all agreed it did not taste as good as the previously tested Bio-K Plus products,  yet it was by no means bad-tasting.

As far as results, the majority felt it worked just as well in addressing issues the other Bio-K+ product helped with. We all agreed that for someone off sugar, dairy, soy for whatever reasons, this is an excellent probiotic supplement.

Bio-K+’s reputation and expertise is conveyed in every bottle. http://www.biokplus.com

Tina Turbin

http://GlutenFreeHelp.info

From our home to yours, Miranda Jade.


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7 thoughts on “Food Review: Bio-K+ Does It Again

  1. I LOVE Bio-K. I used to take a different product of theirs for a while, but I haven’t been taking probiotics that much lately. I will have to pick up this new product!

  2. Ha so funny, I just picked this up last week at the health food store. I think it’s a great product. It’s nice to know the technology behind it!

  3. This is very helpful to me as there are so many brands and strands of probiotics (and prebiotics–oh my!) that I have the hardest time picking out the product I want. I look forward to trying Bio-K Plus!

  4. Just wanted to let you know….how RIGHT….you have been.

    A few weeks ago…I freaked out. not only did I get a few more breakouts on my back and chest…. My hands and feet started doing something weird. I could feel the bottoms of my feet…itching…but..not at the surface. I could feel the palms of my hands itching…but not on the surface. Then I got what I thought was a wart on one hand…between the fingers. Then I got a patch of thick dry skin on the palm of the other…. THEN… a few days later…the skin on my hands just started cracking open in the creases. very painful and itchy. Then the skin on my feet started getting dry and suddenly deep cracks along the heal…very painful.

    Then I remembered that my first husband, years ago had something similar on his hands. They were cracked so bad they would oooze all over his paperwork at work and the docs sure didn’t have much advice for him.. They did have a diagnosis. Dyshidrosis Soo..I looked it up on the internet. It talked about how it is limited to the hands and feet. And how it is very common with people who have chronic Eczema. As I read about what irritates it and what causes it…. It sounded like they are describing Leaky Gut Syndrome. Which is what Rob was saying he thought my skin problems were all about. So I made an appointment and told him…..THIS time I am ready to do whatever he tells me to do.

    So…I was at the office 2 weeks ago…on a Sat. and I was telling one of my clients about this…and about how I had an appointment with Dr. Schwartz the upcoming week. And she said to me? Duh.. “And..you are not taking some pro-biotics until you get to your doctors appt?” And I was like…DUH…why do I think I need to wait to get to Dr. Schwartz to start doing something. So…I remembered that I had some pro-biotics in the fridge…to add to colonics…the ones that come in the little bottles…and then I remembered that you had tried to get me to try some…and they were in little bottles…and I wondered if what I had here was the same brand you had given me. Bio-K plus???? Anyway..that is the brand I have in the fridge for colonics. So..I grabbed one out of the fridge and said….hey…I am going to start now. I can not afford to get this stuff on my hands and feet. If I get it on my hands no one is going to want me to do colonics on them no matter how much I tell them that it is NOT contagious. If I get it bad on my feet I wont be able to wear socks and shoes. I have to work!! As I grabbed the Bio-K out of the fridge…there was the jar of Emu oil cream you had given me. At the time I had too many open ooozy areas to use it on my legs….but when I saw it…I thought… “I bet that would be good for this hand and foot thing. so…after I took the pro-biotics…I rubbed that cream in all over my hands where it was dry and where they were cracked and hurting so bad. It’s weird cause when it cracks open like that it is a wide gap and does not go back together easily. I had three…It almost looked like I had tried to slit my wrists or something. And one on my palm.

    So…then the Sat. got busy with appointments. Towards the end of the day when things started slowing down I was telling someone about what I did and as I looked at my hands….I was astonished. My hands were already like….50% better…within just a few hours. I went out and immediately bought more Bio-K. When I got to the appointment with Rob…he had a list of supplements he wants me to take and pro-biotics is one of them twice a day. I told him about the Bio-K and he said those are pretty good but also pretty pricey. So he suggested another one that I could take that is not so pricey. I told him what happened Sat. and asked him which one worked…cream or Bio K…..he read the ingredients in the cream and he said… honestly…probably both. I decided I couldn’t stop doing something that showed such promise…but I can’t afford to be taking the Bio K twice a day. So..I decided..I am going to continue taking the Bio-K once a day at least for a while…and then take the other brand that he suggested the second time of day. That will make it a little more affordable.

    He also wants me to do a simple form of food combining. It sounds real simple…and it is…but sometimes when like is crazy…it isn’t always easy. He said…basically…”stay away from processed sugars. when you eat fruit…it should be in the morning. If you are going to eat carbs…they should be at lunch time and if you are going to eat protein it should be at dinner time. And of course…you can eat veggies any time.

    So…I wanted to contact you and tell you all about this. Also..so you can pass on the info if your sons girlfriend still has it. The combo of pro biotics and the cream was like a MIRACLE for this dyshidrosis stuff on my hands and feet….the legs are a little slower…but I believe they are also getting better. I wanted to let you know how right you were….AND….thank you for introducing me to those products…AND..thank you for giving them to me. Now that I am almost out and need to buy more I see how pricey they are I appreciate your gifts even more. So…THANK YOU….THANK YOU…..THANK YOU.

    Gayle

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