Garden of Life is a manufacturer specialising in raw probiotics of various strengths. We will review the broad spectrum Raw Probiotics for Women and its potential help for IBS sufferers. IBS is more common in women than men in the United States.
IBS is a large intestine disorder. Often sufferers experience pain, bloating, excess gas, mucus in the stool, diarrhea, constipation or both. It has to be managed on an ongoing basis as it is a chronic disease. Stress and diet may make symptoms worse.
Raw Probiotics Women contains acidophilus and bifidobacteria-created vitamins, minerals, enzymes and prebiotics. It contains 85 billion CFU and 33 probiotic strains to provide immune system support. It also promotes regular bowel functioning, proper digestion and the ease with which the digestive tract can absorb nutrients. This latter function is mainly thanks to the probiotics the manufacturer says are live due to being refrigerated at -10F. It is the shipped with a cold pack to preserve the integrity of the formula. In this way, users should reap greater benefits from live cultures.
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin B1
- Vitamin B12
- Pantothenic Acid
- Vitamin E
- Raw Whole Food probiotic blend (lactobacillus and bifidobacteria-based)
- Eastern European Wilde Kefir Culture
- Eastern European raw food and veggie blend (red bell pepper, green pea, carrot, plum, cherry, strawberry, raspberry
- Dairy Digesting Enzyme Blend (lactase, protease, aspergillopepsin)
The dairy-digesting enzymes help break down lactose and casein so it can be digested more easily. Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacteria are critical to digestive health and more than 85 billion of them are contained in the product. There are no fillers, carriers, binders or soy allergens in this remedy and it is vegetarian safe and gluten-free.
At 85 million, this product contains one of the highest concentrations of probiotics but although there are a few products that contain slightly more. It is a thorough combination of probiotics which is essential to long-term gut health. There do not appear to be any specific products tackling the issue of colon inflammation though, which is often a factor in gut reactions such as excessive gas, bloating and diarrhea. This women’s formula also contains ingredients specifically targeted at improving vaginal and bladder health.
The manufacturer recommends taking one, 2 or 3 capsules a day with water. The product is safe to use and there should be no side effects, although some people report getting diarrhea. Some consumers also report passing phases of sweats and other ailments which are attributed to the body getting rid of toxins. Always proceed on the advice of a doctor, especially if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Do not overdose on this product, even though the vegetarian capsules are completely natural. Do not give this to children, but purchase the kids’ formula instead.
A bottle of 90 capsules costs $38.49 on Amazon. This is a one-month to 3-month supply, depending on how much you will use.
There does not appear to be one although the manufacturer promises that the product will arrive with a cold pack.
Garden of Life Raw Probiotics Women Review – Conclusion
This is a high count of probiotics which is sure to improve gut health and alleviate IBS symptoms. The cold storage and cold packs are impressive – raw, live cultures are much more effective than others and bound to populate the gut with good bacteria quickly. Many consumers rate the product highly.
As an ongoing regimen, the product can be costly and as there is no real guideline for when an improvement can be felt, it may be risky given the apparent lack of a returns policy. Many IBS symptoms are also related to inflammation of the gut, hence the name ‘irritable’ bowel syndrome. A product containing herbal soothing agents as well would have given sufferers the added benefit of soothing gut irritation long term