Today we are reviewing one of the newest probiotic supplements available, OpenDoors Nutrition Daily Pro Blend 12B, which claims it has been carefully manufactured for vegetarians and vegans. Any vegetarian or vegan knows that these label claims are not always true. Often nutrition labels will contain ingredients like magnesium stearate or gelatin capsules which don’t always come from animal-free sources. Another common issue probiotics is that they are often grown on a dairy medium which for vegans is a real issue. This review looks at Daily Pro Blend 12B for the accuracy of their label claims and for the efficacy of their probiotic supplement.
Magnesium stearate is an additive used in the manufacturing of many dietary supplements. It’s a filler that prevents the ingredients from sticking to the equipment that is used during the encapsulation process. There are ways to manufacture supplements without the use of magnesium stearate but it is a more expensive process. The issue that arises for vegetarians and vegans is that magnesium stearate can be sourced from both animal and vegetable oils. To ensure the probiotic supplement is either labeled “vegetable magnesium stearate” or lists that it doesn’t use magnesium stearate at all. The latter is the case with OpenDoors Nutrition’s Daily Pro Blend 12B. In addition to listing no magnesium stearate on the label it also states it contains no wheat, eggs, yeast, soy, sugar, salt, malodextrin, artificial flavors, or preservatives.
Another common problem vegetarians and vegans encounter is that dietary capsules are sourced from animal byproducts. This is very common with gelatin capsules so anytime it is listed under other ingredients it should immediately throw up a red flag. These capsules can be made from pork, cow and horse hoofs, boiled bones, skins, and tendons of animals. Many experts advise against using animal-derived supplements like gelatin but as previously stated many companies do this because it is cheaper to manufacture in this method. OpenDoors Nutrition only uses vegetarian capsules in all their products and this includes their daily probiotic supplement. In fact the veggie capsules used for their Daily Pro Blend 12B are specifically formulated to be time delayed in order to protect the probiotics from stomach acids until it reaches the intestines. This ensures that the probiotics are delivered alive to confer the greatest health benefit to the user.
Not always a concern for vegetarians but almost all probiotic strains are grown on a dairy medium. Unfortunately, this eliminates about 99% of the probiotic market for vegans. Not only is Daily Pro Blend 12B dairy free but also it has been Kosher certified. Health Nutrition News was thoroughly impressed with the label claims from OpenDoors Nutrition so they purchased a bottle to see if it would meet expectations or fall short for efficacy.
The probiotic boasts twelve billion CFU’s (colony forming units) per serving and only requires one capsule a day. Many other probiotic supplements that Health Nutrition News have tried require two or more capsules to deliver the same CFU’s. Two other features that stood out were the addition of prebiotics to the probiotic and the use of Active-Polymer ™ moisture absorbing bottles. Anyways, all this is meaningless if the probiotics arrive dead. It was a concern that the shipment arrived without an ice pack as most probiotics require refrigeration but OpenDoors Nutrition guaranteed that their supplement would be alive. In fact, they recommended that one of their capsules be placed in a warm bowl of milk to prove the probiotics arrived active. Live probiotic strains will react in milk and cause either curdling or another sign of bacterial activity. This product curdled within a few hours and verified that the probiotic strains were indeed alive.
As mentioned earlier this vegetarian and vegan friendly supplement combines prebiotics which act as food for the probiotics. Daily Pro Blend 12B contains two prebiotics to form a synbiotic relationship and give the probiotics the fuel they need to thrive. The prebiotic Sunfiber® acts as a regulating fiber and helps improve both conditions of constipation and diarrhea. 12 billion CFU’s of a proprietary blend of Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium lactis, Bifidobacterium bifidum, and Bifidobacterium longum and two prebiotics in each serving make this a very high quality supplement.
Health Nutrition News considers this one of the best probiotic supplements available and not just for vegetarians and vegans but for anyone who is looking to restore their gut flora. Every time Daily Pro Blend 12B is manufactured and bottled the batch is lab tested and verified by both an onsite chemist and Silliker Labs, an independent third party testing facility. Backed by a one year money back guarantee this vegetarian and vegan friendly probiotic supplement is worth the price tag and each bottle contains sixty capsules to last buyers for two months.
Find out more about it and buy it directly from Amazon here: Daily Pro Blend 12B