We often get the question about why we do not enteric coat our probiotics. And it’s a great question to ask! For those of you who don’t know, enteric coating is a process where a polymer coating is applied to probiotic bacteria. Some companies use this method as a way to help their probiotics pass through the harsh acidic conditions of the stomach and into the more neutral condition of the intestines where probiotics are supposed to colonize. In theory, it sounds like something that would be beneficial, but in reality it is a process that is not only unnecessary but may actually be harmful to beneficial bacteria.
Here are a few of the reasons you will not find enteric coatings on UP4 Probiotics:
1) It’s Not Necessary for Our Probiotics
The probiotic bacteria we select and screen are naturally resistant to the stomach’s acid and bile and found to survive in the gastrointestinal tract. This is because our strains are common residents of a healthy gut that have shown to flourish in these conditions; enteric coating is just unnecessary. To add insult to injury, enteric coatings’ polymer coating can be made of a variety of materials, one of which is something called phthalates. Phthallates are plastisizers commonly used in the plastic industry.
2) Multitudes of Clinical Trials Show Benefits Without Using Enteric Coated Materials
There is a great deal of research that has been done that has proven the benefits of probiotics and probiotic survival WITHOUT the use of enteric coated materials.
3) The Enteric Process Can Inactivate the Probiotic Bacteria
The enteric coating process commonly uses a lot of heat. This heat can destroy the probiotic bacteria during the manufacturing process and lead to a less potent product.
4) It Adds Cost and Ingredients That Take Away From The Clean Label
By adding another process, such as enteric coating, you are also adding an additional cost to the product as well unnecessary ingredients. We prefer to provide you with a superior product at the best cost possible and whose ingredients you can take comfort in.
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