Probiotic Pearls is a range of probiotics produced by Enzymatic Therapy. There are currently six different products in the range including:
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.
All probiotic pearls products are free from:
- artificial coloring
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)
- Vegetable glycerin
- Soy lecithin
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 Name||Number of Probiotic Strains||Specific Probiotic Strains||Probiotic Count (CFUs in Billions)||Buy Product|
|Acidophilus Pearls||2|| L. acidophilus B. longum||1||Buy now|
|Pearls Elite||4|| L. plantarum, B. lactis, L. acidophilus B. longum||5||Buy now|
|Pearls IC||4||L. rhamnosus, B. bifidum, B. breve, B. lactis ||1||Buy now|
|Pearls Immune||4||L. plantarum, L. acidophilus, B. lactis, B. longum ||1||Buy now|
|Pearls Kids||5|| L. casei, L.acidophilus, L. reuteri, L. rhamnosus, B. longum||0.5||Buy now|
|Pearls YB||3|| L. acidophilus, L. rhamnosus, L. plantarum||1||Buy now|
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,
etc as a result of taking these products. See here for specific details of these reviews.
Compared to most
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.
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
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.
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
provided in partnership with Amazon.com.
Probiotic Pearls are also available over-the-counter in most drugstores as well as in health food stores.
1. Colony-forming units (CFUs) are a measurement of the number of viable bacteria contained in a product.
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