This review aims to fall in the “comprehensive” category. We will analyze the claims and status of the manufacturing company, carefully submit the existing information on each probiotic strain present in “Perfect Biotics”, and, naturally, assess the (already impressive) existing body of reviews.
That being said, supplements with a bit of history do have an advantage over new ones (at least from a reviewer’s point of view) – the restricted area where speculation might occur. Dietary supplements usually have a limited lifespan, because their main marketing advantage is a claim to uniqueness. When a supplement has proven longevity, then its appeal goes beyond an initial attraction into the realm of potential certainties. And these potential certainties are the chief target of this analysis.
Perfect Biotics Official Description
The tone from the description present on manufacturer’s website suggests that Perfect Biotics is the most balanced probiotic dietary supplement yet designed, its purpose being to restore the naturally ideal equilibrium in the relationship between the beneficial and pernicious bacteria in the digestive tract, a proportion measured at roughly 4:1, or, at least, to bring the body closer to it. This holds true irrespective of past digestive problems, and it could also be recommended for individuals with no prior troubles.
By ingesting one capsule of Perfect Biotics daily, the optimal moment being just before the first meal of the day, common digestive problems such as frequent indigestion, bloating, gas, chronic fatigue syndrome should at least be alleviated, not to mention increased overall energy and all the benefits that one can derive from a healthy digestion process. As a matter of fact, it does not promise anything other than a common probiotic supplement would.
These aims can be reached thanks to the 30 billion colony forming units (CFU) of 15 different probiotic strains contained in the Perfect Biotics supplement. Probiotic America claims that each of the two features is industry-leading, although things surely have changed since the first posting of this description, and readers should definitely not read a lot into that. At the moment of writing, there are numerous supplements boasting higher CFU numbers or bacterial strains, however, the assertion could have been true at the initial release of the product.
What sets this supplement apart from all the other probiotic products on the market seems to be the particular attention the manufacturer’s researchers have dedicated to the selection process, so that certain strains are not hindered by digestive acid and bile in their journey to the specific part of the digestive tract where their presence is required. This seems to be an indirect attack on the sloppiness other probiotic producers exhibit in their activity.
The FAQ section outlines the people who can benefit most from a regular intake of the supplement, with individuals suffering from chronic digestive issues obviously being the usual suspects. Nevertheless, the somewhat well-founded stereotype of a “modern American diet” is called into question and, underlined by its focus on the endless number of additives or processed sugars, actually means that even the average healthy person can benefit from just a limited period of probiotic supplement exposure.
Probiotic America – The Company and its Products
Probiotic America is a company that has been officially registered in late 2014 (October), with its website having been launched early the following year. In contrast to many dietary supplement manufacturers, which are shady, to say the least, information about this particular company is not that hard to gather, and their business looks to be legitimate and transparent. As a side note, we should note that they maintain a presence on social media, a Twitter account to be exact, which has hundreds of followers. Clients and potential clients have the possibility of contacting Probiotic America via telephone or e-mail.
The company is linked to the name of a certain Dr. Cary Nelson, a GP or family practitioner from Los Angeles, who does not have the most stellar academic background. However, from the short description that is available on the official website, one can learn that his love affair with probiotics is a consequence of his own particular digestive problems, along with patients who frequently complain about them. While it is comforting to have a human face attached to a particular company and product, this particular doctor’s credentials are not very reassuring, considering that probiotic research is not some straightforward endeavor that everyone with a minimal background can successfully attempt.
Two further aspects contribute to the overall impression of transparency in which the company does business – the well thought-out and complex “terms & conditions” section and the affiliate options. Regarding the last issue, bloggers, website owners, and social media aficionados are free to sign up and promote the products of Probiotic America, LLC. A few affiliate websites promoting especially Perfect Biotics have decent traffic on the web. This is a practice that can be identified in the cases of many other dietary supplements, however, the possibility is never mentioned on the official website, and things are never done quite so out in the open. This aspect truly is a positive sign for the company, translating chiefly into reliable information on the affiliate websites.
Furthermore, an interesting aspect found in the “terms & conditions” section covers the continuous development of the product, something that is officially done according to relevant feedback from the customers.
Perfect Biotics is just one of several supplements that have resulted from the research undertaken by Dr. Nelson and his team. The official description of the company is a brief one, only highlighting two key aspects – that probiotics is a field that has been under-researched with real possibilities of being truly beneficial for the general population and that over-consumption of antibiotics coupled with lifestyle and detrimental dietary habits provide an important market for probiotic supplements.
The other products manufactured by Probiotic America may be themselves a testimony for the research team behind Perfect Biotics. All probiotic supplements are supposedly a result of a careful selection of the most effective, pure, potent and clinically-proven strains of beneficial bacteria, their progress through the gastrointestinal tract unhinderedly by stomach acids or bile, having a shelf life of two years and being 100 percent vegan (no dairy remnants, GMO’s or preservatives). Here is a brief description of them all:
- Dermal Biotics is a skin care product meant to rejuvenate the skin, featuring extracts of bonicel, actiphyte of myrrh, Centella Asiatica, and green tea. It is supposed to boost collagen production for firmer skin, encouraging cell turnover thus softening the appearance of fine wrinkles. Its use is advisable for all skin types, two times a day and the results should be visible as early as a few days from first use.
- Perfect Flora is a revolutionary supplement, not a probiotic or a prebiotic, but a bacteriophage. If the designation seems unfamiliar, then you are not the only one. Probiotic America labels them as the bacterial destroyers of nature (naturally, targeting damaging bacteria). The bacteriophages are type LH01, T4D, and LL12 Myoviridae, coupled with type LL5 Siphoviridae. Naturally, these “destroyers” should create a more hospitable environment in the gut for probiotics. At the human level, Perfect Flora allegedly has the interesting effect of significantly reducing one’s appetite for unhealthy foods along with the usually claimed benefits for probiotic supplements – alleviating constipation, increasing overall energy and vitality.
- Perfect Biotics Slim is a specific probiotic supplement that acknowledges the problems that modern diet poses to the metabolism, aiming to increase its rhythm. This supplement has a two-pronged approach in order to achieve weight loss – fighting food cravings and improving digestion as mentioned above. This can be achieved according to Probiotic America through a recipe containing 12 million CFU’s of five different strains of the Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium working along three digestive enzymes – Amylase, Bromelain, and Lipase. The probiotics improve overall digestion, the enzymes assure a faster assimilation of fat, green tea extract works as the weight management agent, and Caralluma Fimbriata (a herb used in traditional Indian medicine) is supposed to help with the cravings.
- Perfect Digest is a supplement that helps people with insufficient digestive enzyme production. It features 16 different enzymes (from Amylase and Diastase to Invertase and Hemicellulase) that should help your body extract more nutrients from the food. Its macro-level results are supposed to include less bloating and gas after copious meals, the disappearance of familiar heavy feelings after mealtimes, creating a feeling of fullness after a few bites and reducing the quantity of undigested food in the stool.
- Perfect Biotics+ is an upgrade on the original recipe featuring four of the original strains of probiotics and nine new strains not included in the initial The main argument presented for this new concoction is that, when consumed alongside Perfect Biotics, one could get a comprehensive action from 24 strains of probiotics.
Analysis of Probiotic Strains in Perfect Biotics
As mentioned in the first section of this article, Perfect Biotics boasts 15 strains of probiotic delivered in a supplement with 30 billion colony forming units. The CFU number is among the highest of dietary supplements, though definitely not the highest as Probiotic America asserts, while the number of strains truly is impressive.
Therefore, we will present an analysis of each strain, taking into consideration the possible benefits it brings, potential side effects and particularities of each strain’s natural occurrence.
LACTOBACILLUS SALIVARIUS is a naturally occurring bacteria and, as its name suggests is found especially in the tissues of the mouth, but also in the colon, small intestine, and the vaginal flora. When this probiotic is at optimum levels, it contributes to dental health, a smooth digestive process and plays a part in boosting immunity. The last part is achieved because the Lactobacillus Salivarius produces lactic acid and has a fast rhythm of growth once ingested. This bacteria may cause a temporary rash or slight digestive discomfort.
LACTOBACILLUS CASEI is a strain of probiotics that have been particularly well-researched and used in supplements over the last decade. Among its many benefits, we might list neutralizing chronic diarrhea, inhibiting the development of the Helicobacter pylori bacteria (whose presence has been linked to gastritis, ulcers, and stomach cancer), decreasing lactose intolerance and other food allergies (especially in infants), supporting liver function and a host of immune benefits.
LACTOBACILLUS PLANTARUM is a transient type of probiotics, quickly moving throughout the whole gastrointestinal tract. It is perfectly suited to humans, as the optimal temperature for its thriving is approximately the same as human body temperature. It is a natural antibiotic, a consequence of its production of lactolin, and it is also vital for the metabolism as it aids in the production of lysine, a crucial amino acid.
BIFIDOBACTERIUM INFANTIS, as the name suggests is essential in the healthy development of infants, staying with us for the whole of our lives, from the moment the mother passes it to the infant during pregnancy. The Bifidobacterium Infantis is an integral part of our immune systems due to its production of acid that fight pernicious microorganisms. It is an essential element in fighting allergic reactions and is even related to a lower incidence of kidney stones.
BIFIDOBACTERIUM BIFIDUM is the probiotic most closely associated with the microflora of the digestive tract and vagina, being also present in breastmilk, therefore one of the most popular strains of probiotics. Its primary mission is fighting against yeast overgrowths and especially against Candida albicans. Bifidobacterium Bifidum is among the most at risk probiotic strains in the context of dealing with pharmaceutical antibiotics.
LACTOCOCCUS LACTIS has long been identified as the most important bacterial culture in the process of manufacturing butter and cheese and, due to its impressive capabilities of secreting lactic acid, it is also essential for healthy digestion. Japanese studies published recently (2014) in the Journal of Food Protection argue that Lactococcus Lactis help in the assimilation of glucose (not just lactose). There are implications that this may be true for all carbohydrates, yet there is currently insufficient evidence to support this hypothesis.
LACTOBACILLUS PARACASEI – two studies undertaken by Chinese and Japanese scientists published in the journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology (in 2015), respectively in the Journal of Dermatology (in 2011) have brought to the attention of the scientific community the properties that Lactobacillus Paracasei has in fighting dermatitis in both children and adults.
STREPTOCOCCUS THERMOPHILUS has numerous well-documented benefits regarding digestion (reducing the levels of lactose intolerance) and immunity benefits. This means that Streptococcus Thermophilus helps in the fight against infections of the upper respiratory system (including pneumonia). Furthermore, it is indicated against possible infections with the bacteria Clostridium difficile, which is responsible for over a fifth of infectious diarrhea cases.
LACTOBACILLUS ACIDOPHILUS, like Bifidobacterium Bifidum, is one of the most popular strains of probiotics, first described in the late 19th century by Ilya Metchnikoff, the “father of probiotics”. Occurring naturally in yogurt and pickled vegetables, this probiotic is proven to enhance the levels of HDL-cholesterol and reduce those of LDL-cholesterol and triglycerides, in addition to the natural antibiotic and mild digestive benefits that most probiotics have. It should also be mentioned that it aids in the production of some vitamins of the B complex, as well as helping calcium assimilation.
BIFIDOBACTERIUM BREVE is certainly one of the most resistant probiotics in the hazardous environment if the digestive system. Due to this sturdiness, it is crucial in a smoother gastrointestinal transit, thus alleviating problems individuals might have with bloating and gas, as well as bowel irritations.
LACTOBACILLUS BREVIS is one of the lesser-known species of the Lactobacillus genus, nevertheless, its effects go beyond its traditional role as the main culprit for beer spoilage. A constant addition of Lactobacillus Brevis to the gastrointestinal flora is linked to sharp decreases in the incidence of kidney stones, thanks to a lower oxalate concentration in the urine, at least according to a 2005 study published in the Kidney International journal.
BIFIDOBACTERIUM LACTIS a bacteria that can be found in large numbers in the colon and small intestine, aiding in the correct assimilation of vitamins and minerals while also contributing to the breaking down of waste. This probiotic strain can also accelerate tumoricidal activities in patients that undergo chemotherapy and, especially radiotherapy. Frequent supplementation with Bifidobacterium Lactis is advised by nutritionists in cases of diabetes and cholesterol management.
LACTOBACILLUS BULGARICUS is another prominent strain in historical terms, its benefits being clear in the diets of people who frequently consume sour milk. Nowadays, this strain is especially beneficial to individuals suffering from chronic digestive conditions, such as Chron’s disease, because its actions are far-reaching, encompassing the whole gastro-intestinal system.
As a final observation, one should make regarding this section, on an affiliate website seemingly in close connection with the official one, each strain of probiotics contained in Perfect Biotics is analyzed, in reference to one, two or more studies revealing the most recent scientific discoveries regarding each one’s benefits.
Current Body of Reviews & Our Verdict
Every dietary supplement has rave reviews online, for reasons that can easily be explained. What almost every dietary supplement lacks is an absence of scathing reviews. Some people could believe that this is a mark of true quality.
Indeed, no scathing reviews of Perfect Biotics can be found online, user testimonials on obscure websites and forums notwithstanding. The usual glowing reviews center around the diverse strains present in the supplement, the CFU count or the manner of ordering it. Frequent complaints gravitate around the frequent side effect consisting in mild nausea during the first few days of administration.
It is a truth almost universally acknowledged that the chief target of people who market dietary supplements, and especially probiotic supplements, are women. Two very interesting reviews of Perfect Biotics come from one of the most popular online health magazine describing the experience of a middle-aged man, and from a probiotics-specialized website, told from the point of view of a young woman. While both experienced nausea in the first couple of days, the following period seemed to have been much more rewarding from the popular reviewers, an aspect reflected in the positive verdict. The female reviewer considered Perfect Biotics merely a satisfactory supplement. These two situations show that, even if the situations are radically different, common points exist and the discrepancies can be attributed to the fact that, in the end, we are all different.
Some find “Perfect Biotics” as a great probiotic supplement, some label it as being just OK. It had a problem from the start living up to its name. Nevertheless, the arguments for trying it are many and indisputable – the sheer facts describing the product, the absence of negative reviews, the relative trustworthiness and transparency of the manufacturer “Probiotic America”, the fact that it does not pursue truly nagging promotional tactics and foremost, it passes the test of time. One can recommend “Perfect Biotics” as a general probiotic supplement without any second thoughts and we know for sure there are much worse products out there.