Probiotic Pearls: What Are They?

Probiotic Pearls is a range of probiotics produced by Enzymatic Therapy. There are currently six different products in the range including:

Probiotic Pearls IC contain L. rhamnosus, B. bifidum, B. breve,B. lactis

  • Acidophilus Pearls: containing both Lactobacillus acidophilus (L. acidophilus) and Bifidobacterium longum (B. longum).

  • Pearls Elite: high potency probiotic.

  • Pearls IC: intensive care probiotics.

  • Pearls Immune: "immune strengthening" probiotics.

  • Pearls Kids: probiotics for children.

  • Pearls YB: specifically formulated for “yeast balancing”.

All of the products are in tablet form. These capsules are covered in an enteric coating (named True Delivery Technology) to protect them from stomach acid. This ensures that the probiotic bacteria contained in the products reach the intestine live and intact.

The adult formulas are available in packs of 30 or 90 tablets, whilst the children’s probiotic, Pearls Kids, is obtainable in packets containing 30 pearls. None of the products require refrigeration.

Ingredients

All probiotic pearls products are free from:

  • artificial coloring

  • corn

  • preservatives

  • salt

  • sugar

  • yeast

  • wheat

Only one product in the range, Pearls YB, is totally dairy free. Several are gluten free. These are:

  • Acidophilus Pearls

  • Pearls IC

  • Pearls Immune

All products have the same base ingredients of:

  • Vegetable oil (palm and coconut)

  • Gelatin

  • Vegetable glycerin

  • Soy lecithin

  • Pectin

Probiotic Pearls for Kids also contains the coloring beta carotene. The product is suitable for children aged 4 years and above.

Each product contains between two and five different strains of probiotic bacteria and between 0.5 and 5 billion colony-forming units (CFUs)1 of beneficial bacteria. Have a look at our table below for details:

Product NameNumber of Probiotic StrainsSpecific Probiotic StrainsProbiotic Count (CFUs in Billions)Buy Product
Acidophilus Pearls2 L. acidophilus B. longum1Buy now
Pearls Elite4 L. plantarum, B. lactis, L. acidophilus B. longum5Buy now
Pearls IC4L. rhamnosus, B. bifidum, B. breve, B. lactis 1Buy now
Pearls Immune4L. plantarum, L. acidophilus, B. lactis, B. longum 1Buy now
Pearls Kids5 L. casei, L.acidophilus, L. reuteri, L. rhamnosus, B. longum0.5Buy now
Pearls YB3 L. acidophilus, L. rhamnosus, L. plantarum1Buy now

Advantages

Products in the Probiotic Pearls range are convenient. You can take them with or without food and their small size makes them very easy to swallow.

In terms of storage they also have the advantage that they can be stored at room temperature without refrigeration. This makes them ideal for taking with you on short trips away or vacation.

All products also contain a mixture of probiotic strains. Taking a mixed strain product increases the chance of at least one of the strains being effective for you.

Products in the range all contain well-researched strains of probiotic bacteria for which there is scientific evidence of health benefit.

Anecdotally these products also receive very good reviews from users who report improvements in a range of conditions including bloating, gas, constipation, yeast infections, lactose intolerance etc as a result of taking these products. See here for specific details of these reviews.


Disadvantages

Compared to most probiotic supplements on the market, Probiotic Pearls products contain low numbers of probiotic bacteria. The majority of the range contains only 1 billion CFUs of probiotic organisms per serving. Most quality probiotic supplements contain in excess of 10 billion CFUs. Probiotic Pearls Elite contain 5 billion CFUs of probiotic bacteria per serving

Pearls Elite is the highest potency of the Pearls products with 5 billion CFUs of beneficial bacteria per serving. This product is marketed as "high potency". However, we believe this label to be misleading given that the majority of the high potency probiotics available in the USA contain in excess of 100 billion CFUs per serving. See our page on high potency probiotic supplements for details.

The low level of probiotic bacteria per serving makes Probiotic Pearls expensive when compared to other probiotic supplements on the market. Have a look at our cost comparison guide for more specific guidelines as to how to compare accurately the cost of different probiotic supplements.

Our Evaluation

We have given Probiotic Pearls a 3-star rating

We have given these products a 3-star rating. They are clearly very handy both as far as the size of the "pearls" are concerned as well as their storage at room temperature. However the products’ big drawbacks are the low bacterial count, which is significantly less than the majority of probiotic supplements on the market and their comparatively high cost.

Where to Buy Probiotic Pearls

You can buy Probiotic Pearls from our online store, provided in partnership with Amazon.com.

Probiotic Pearls are also available over-the-counter in most drugstores as well as in health food stores.

References

1. Colony-forming units (CFUs) are a measurement of the number of viable bacteria contained in a product.


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