Why We Need Probiotics (and why most are ineffective)

There are several lifestyle and environmental factors that can lead to a compromised gut.

From our modern diet to stress, age, exposure to environmental toxins, excessive hygiene, the overuse of antibiotics (both as medicine and in our food supply) as well as the frequent use of medicines like birth control, acid suppressants (PPIs), antacids, steroids, hormone replacement therapy and NSAIDs, many of us have damaged the very system that is in place to protect and sustain us: our microbiome.

Did you know that we are 90% microbial? The microbes in our body outnumber our human cells by a factor of 10:1.

The specific effects of a broken microbiome can be poor nutrient absorption and digestion, as well as poor mental, metabolic and immune function. Everything from your energy levels, to your mood, mental state, and weight stems from the balance of good flora inside your GI tract.

At Hyperbiotics, we believe that we don’t have to accept poor health as normal and that with proper knowledge, choices, and probiotic supplementation, we can reverse the cycle, regain our power, and realign with a life of health as nature intended. We created our flagship formula, PRO-15, in an effort to provide the most superior form of probiotic supplementation available. Because the truth is, many probiotics on the market don't offer many benefits at all - and here's why:

The 4 Reasons Most Probiotic Supplements Don't Work:

1. The probiotic bacteria are dead by the time you take them.

Probiotics are sensitive organisms. They die quickly when exposed to heat and moisture. The truth is, most probiotic supplementswhether found in capsules or green powdershave no protection from these elements and are likely dead by the time you consume them. Even for the brands that require refrigeration, the probiotics usually aren’t kept in a cold environment while in transit or in storage (the back room of the store).

At Hyperbiotics, we use a patented manufacturing process called LiveBac® that enables us to guarantee the viability of our formulas for 18 months after the date of manufacture with zero refrigeration.

2. The beneficial organisms do not survive your stomach acids.

You see, we weren't meant to need probiotic supplementation in the first placebecause we weren't meant to damage our microbiome. But since we have, it's now vital that we repopulate our digestive tracts and the only way to do this is to ensure that the beneficial bacteria make it past the stomach acids alive so that they can colonize in our small and large intestine, where we actually need them.

The problem is that, without protection, most of the bacteria in probiotic supplements are killed before they ever reach their destination.

In vitro lab testing shows that only 4% of the beneficial organisms in standard capsules, powders and liquids survive the harsh pH environment of our stomach acids. Using the patented BIO-tract® controlled delivery method, we have increased this number to 60%ensuring that our products have 15x more survivable than others.

3. The strains are not resident to the human gut.

The rise in popularity of Soil Based Organisms (SBOs) and Active Yeasts as probiotics is due to the fact that they will easily survive your stomach acids. The missing piece of the puzzle however, is that, unlike Lactobacilli, Bifidobacteria, and Streptococci, these strains are not resident to the human intestinal tract, making them a very different type of "probiotic".

At Hyperbiotics, we are focused on repopulating the gut of those who have depleted their resident flora through common lifestyle factors like stress, aging, a modern diet, and the overuse of antibiotics and other medicines.1,2

It is our opinion that SBOs and Activated Yeasts should not fall under the category of "probiotics" as it leads to confusion and misinformation.

4. They do not deliver a sufficient variety of strains.

Lifestyle factors that are detrimental to our intestinal flora often don't discriminate - they wipe out all types of our good bacteria.

We believe that, probiotic supplementation should deliver a variety of strains to properly counter these indiscriminate effects of our lifestyle habits. Each strain performs a different function within the intestinal tract and offers a different set of benefits to the individual. We have developed each formula with this in mind.

We find that there is a tremendous amount of misinformation and lack of information when it comes to probiotic supplementation and we hope this insight is of value as you navigate your way on your journey toward health. At Hyperbiotics, we do the research and we use the most advanced technologies available to develop superior formulas, simply because we want to take them ourselves! And we are happy to share them with you.


1. Langdon, A., Crook, N., & Dantas, G. (2016). The effects of antibiotics on the microbiome throughout development and alternative approaches for therapeutic modulation. Genome Medicine,8(1). doi:10.1186/s13073-016-0294-z

2. David, L. A., Maurice, C. F., Carmody, R. N., Gootenberg, D. B., Button, J. E., Wolfe, B. E., . . . Turnbaugh, P. J. (2013). Diet rapidly and reproducibly alters the human gut microbiome. Nature, 505(7484), 559-563.


Julie Hays is the Communications Director here at Hyperbiotics. Health writer and mama of two little girls, Julie's on a mission to empower others to live lives free of the microbial depletion many of us face today. For more ideas on how you can maximize wellness and benefit from the power of probiotics, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter.

This Healthy Living section of the Hyperbiotics website is purely for informational purposes only and any comments, statements, and articles have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to create an association between the Hyperbiotics products and possible claims made by research presented or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease. Please consult with a physician or other healthcare professional regarding any medical or health related diagnosis or treatment options. This website contains general information about diet, health, and nutrition. None of the information is advice or should be construed as making a connection to any purported medical benefits and Hyperbiotics products, and should not be considered or treated as a substitute for advice from a healthcare professional. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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