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"We’ve Taken Our Award-Winning Probiotics to the Next Level to Help You Take Control of Your Gut Health"

Many probiotic formulas are simply a waste of your time and money as the probiotics don’t make it to your small intestine where they do their best work. Our acid- and bile-resistant Complete Probiotics now come in a revolutionary delayed release capsule for an extra layer of stomach acid-resistance protection and better colonization in your gut.*

 

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  •  How Dr. Mercola Complete Probiotics Can Help You Take Control of Your Gut:

    • Our Complete Probiotics floods your body with 10 strains of exceptional beneficial bacteria, including long-lasting super-strain, L. acidophilus DDS-1, to help balance your microbiome.*
    • To enhance the potent acid- and bile-resistance of our formula, patented delayed release capsules (DRcaps™) are used to deliver an extra layer of protection against harsh stomach acids so the probiotics reach your small intestine – where they work best.
    • Because our Complete Probiotics (70 and 100 Billion CFU) do not require refrigeration, they're both convenient and perfect for traveling, helping to keep your GI tract in optimal shape while away.*

Throughout your life you're faced with many threats to the beneficial bacteria in your gut. Take a moment and see how many of these gut-disruptors may be working against you right now...

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Processed and refined foods destroy healthy microflora.
  • Do you drink fluoridated or chlorinated water?
  • Do you eat processed, refined foods?
  • Do you eat sugar and non-fiber carbs?
  • Have you taken antibiotics within the last two years?
  • Do you eat factory farmed meats and conventional dairy products? (these are hidden sources of antibiotics!)
  • Do you eat non-organic vegetables and fruits?
  • Do you eat bioengineered grains and conventionally grown, non-organic wheat?
  • Do you take over-the-counter painkillers or heartburn pills?
  • Do you live a stress-filled life (and have inadequate stress management tools)?

If you can answer “yes” to one or more of these factors, your gut health may be compromised.

Each of these factors can affect your gut’s microbiome and alter its pH, impact your absorption of nutrients, inflammatory response, immune function, digestion and ability to fight invaders.

Your gut health depends on having the proper balance between beneficial bacteria and potentially pathogenic bacteria, as well as the health and integrity of your gut lining.

When your microbiome falls out of balance or loses its diversity, or your gut lining becomes compromised, it can impact many processes in your body and your risk of chronic disease.

This is where probiotics can have a profound effect... not just on your gastrointestinal  health, but on your overall health as well.*

Is the Secret to Improving Your Mental Health Hiding in Your Gut?

The effects of a healthy microbiome reach far more widely than just your gut. Your gut flora affect much more than your digestive health – it affects the health of your entire body, including your brain. And while many don’t realize it, your gut even affects your mood.

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Probiotics influence your mood and your cognitive health.

Your gut contains a network of neurons or brain cells called your enteric nervous system (ENS). Your ENS controls both digestion and mental well-being. Changes in your gut bacteria can have a noticeable effect on your mood and sleeping patterns.

You actually have two brains – one inside your skull and one in your gut. They’re connected by what’s known as the gut-brain connection. That link explains how your microbiome can influences your mood and brain health.

In one study, women who regularly consumed yogurt containing beneficial bacteria had improved brain function in two specific areas, compared to those that did not consume any probiotics. The two areas affected were the:

  • Insular cortex, which plays a role in functions associated with emotion, including perception, motor control, self-awareness, cognitive functioning and interpersonal experience.
  • Somatosensory cortex, which aids the body in interpreting a wide variety of sensations.

The group who consumed yogurt with beneficial probiotics also showed greater connectivity between regions of your brain associated with cognition.

You can see how important it is to keep your gut bacteria healthy, both for physical and emotional wellbeing. But you may be wondering…

Why Eating Commercial Yogurt Doesn't Take the Place of Probiotics

Contrary to the study we just looked at, most commercial yogurts are not a good source of probiotics. Many have little to no live probiotics.

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Most commercial yogurts are not a good source of probiotics because of heat pasteurization.

Unless you make your own yogurt at home with a high quality culture starter, you can’t be sure that you’re getting any significant probiotic benefit.

Plus, with commercially prepared yogurt, you’re likely to end up with far too much unwanted sugar. Or if they are artificially sweetened, your brain health may be adversely affected.

With your own homemade yogurt, you can control exactly what goes into it, including probiotics and sweeteners.

So, as great-tasting as many of them may be, don't be fooled by yogurt products advertising live cultures that are beneficial to your digestive system...

Many have likely had the beneficial bacteria reduced or wiped out by the heat-intensive pasteurization processes.

This is very similar to why we now have less bacteria overall in our everyday environments. Antibacterial products, including hand sanitizers, have made for a world that may be a whole lot cleaner, but not exactly healthier.

With less helpful bacteria available in our food and our environment, I'm even more convinced of how crucial it is to take a high-quality probiotic supplement.

Before I tell you how to find one that’s worthy of your attention, let me introduce you to a relatively new concept that you may not be familiar with: Spore biotics or spore probiotics for total gut health.

Spore Biotics: The New Frontier of Microbiome Health

For optimal gut health, you need two different types of good bacteria:

  1. Reconditioning probiotic spores, or Soil-Based Organisms (SBOs), to condition your gut and support the growth of good bacteria
  2. Reseeding probiotics, or regular probiotics
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Complete Spore Restore acts like a good gardener for your gut health.

Think of it like a garden… The spores act as the gardener. Like any good gardener, they pull “weeds”, detoxify your gut and replenish its energy and nutrient content.

Spore probiotics provide a healthy foundation and growth medium for your gut.

Then you need seeds. Reseeding probiotics provide the new seeds to replace the good “plants” in your garden that wither due to a lack of proper nutrients or assaults like harsh chemicals and herbicide residues like glyphosate.

Spore biotics, or spore probiotics, are bacterial spores that work in your gut much like the gardener. Spores provide key “reconditioning” strains of bacteria that help protect and recondition your gut flora and prepare it for the introduction of probiotics.

They help your microbiome recover from on-going assaults by fluoridated and chlorinated water, stress, medications, processed foods and refined sugars, EMFs and pollution.

Our ancestors’ diets included these bacteria spores, but today people avoid touching dirt and thoroughly scrub their vegetables to remove all traces of soil along with their naturally occurring organisms.

My Complete Spore Restore includes four outstanding soil-based spores or spore biotics and a prebiotic organic blend of three highly valued mushroom mycelium to potentially help improve the condition of your microbiome and gut integrity and much more.*

Because your gut needs both kinds of probiotics, I believe many people will benefit from taking both Complete Spore Restore and a high quality probiotic, especially if you have a compromised gut or have taken an antibiotic or had a hospital stay within the last two years.

But, I’m getting ahead of myself… Let’s get back to probiotics – the seeds – and how to find one that’s worth taking.

Finding a Probiotic Formula Worth Your Time and Expense

Probiotic formulas are available with many different types of bacterial strains... with the most common being Lactobacillus acidophilus. But as you'll find out shortly, not all probiotics are created equal... and not all probiotic formulas are properly produced to provide optimal benefits.*

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Lactobacillus acidophilus DDS®-1 is one strain I highly recommend.

If formulated properly, some major benefits of a high-quality probiotic include...

  • Aiding you in digesting food, particularly hard-to-digest foods and foods that some individuals may be more sensitive to.*
  • Enhancing the synthesis of B vitamins and improving calcium absorption.*
  • Nourishing your microbiome by helping your intestinal microflora flourish.*
  • Promoting vaginal health for women.*
  • Supporting your immune system.*

Here are five key factors that differentiate good probiotic formulas from ineffective ones:

  • Contain effective bacterial strains – must be strain specific.*
  • Are viable and dose specific.
  • Remain stable and viable for a long time.
  • Have the ability to survive harsh stomach acids to reach the intestine.
  • Thrive in the intestine.*

While I insist on a few specific probiotic strains – especially for probiotics formulated for women -- there's one strain I highly recommend for everyone: Lactobacillus acidophilus DDS®-1

Lactobacillus acidophilusDDS®-1 is a highly studied strain of beneficial bacteria, and, as you’ll soon see, the "DDS®-1" is really important...

The DDS®-1 Probiotic Superstrain – A Study in Benefits*

Over the years, studies have demonstrated the diverse effectiveness of DDS®-1:

  • A major midwestern university study showed that after 60 days of treatment, most subjects reported significant improvement in abdominal health, bloating and occasional elimination irregularities.* This study suggests that DDS®-1 may help increase the healthy microflora in the gastrointestinal tract.*
  • In another study, DDS®-1 helped to support the health of human epithelial cell lines when evaluated as part of a probiotic blend.*
  • From the Cultured Dairy Product Journal, DDS®-1 was shown to produce a compound called ‘acidophilin” which demonstrates activity against a variety of pathogenic bacteria.*
  • In laboratory research, isolated evaluation of DDS®-1 supported the normal production of immune components.* DDS®-1 performed this better than three other strains of Lactobacillus acidophilus or Bifidobacterium bifidum.*
  • Other laboratory studies show the potential beneficial effects of DDS®-1 on cholesterol.*
  • A clinical study was done showing daily ingestion of DDS®-1 in combination with three Bifidobacterium strains provided significant improvement in gastrointestinal complaints like bloating, gas, diarrhea and constipation in the majority of participants.*

With regular use, DDS®-1 offers an extensive list of potential benefits:

  • Colonizes the intestinal tract in high numbers*
  • Provides long-lasting colonization*
  • Helps support your digestive health*
  • Survives the harsh acidic environment of the stomach
  • Survives the high alkalinity and presence of bile acids of the small intestine
  • Produces a substance that helps balance gut bacteria*
  • Helps protect against disease-causing bacteria by forming a shield within the intestinal lining*
  • Supports cellular health by stimulating the production of immune messengers*
  • Supports cholesterol levels already within a healthy, normal range*
  • Produces lactase to potentially help those unable to tolerate lactose*
  • Produces vitamins B12, folic acid and vitamin B6*
  • Supports colon health through its control over bile acids*
  • Supports gut health and helps promote normal stools*

However, DDS®-1 isn’t the only probiotic strain that offers special value for women...

Introducing Complete Probiotics: My Original High Potency, Multi-Strain Probiotic Supplement

I’ve already told you about all of the properties I deem essential in a high-quality probiotic, and now I’m excited to introduce you to Complete Probiotics, which meets my extremely high standards for excellence.

Your intestines are home to over 1,000 different species of bacteria, and each strain performs it’s own unique functions in the body so it’s important your probiotic contains a variety of strains, not just one or two.

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Here are the 10 specific beneficial bacteria strains in Complete Probiotics:

  1. Lactobacillus acidophilus DDS®-1

    Supports digestive and immune health, is acid- and bile-resistant and provides long lasting colonization.*

  2. Lactobacillus casei

    Supports a healthy immune response as well as aids in stress management by promoting healthy serotonin levels.*

  3. Lactobacillus plantarum

    Helps ease digestive distress and supports a healthy inflammatory response.* Also shown to reduce the negative effects of mycotoxin exposure.*

  4. Lactobacillus salivarius

    Supports an already healthy inflammatory response in your gut and your immune health.* Supports healthy cholesterol levels already in the normal range.*

  5. Lactobacillus rhamnosus

    Can reduce symptoms of gastrointestinal distress, as well as support your healthy weight management and cholesterol levels already in the normal range.* Also helps reduce pesticide toxicity.*

  6. Lactobacillus brevis

    Supports already healthy inflammatory and immune responses.*

  7. Bifidobacterium lactis

    Promotes an already healthy inflammatory response including allergy response and supports the growth of other beneficial bacteria.*

  8. Bifidobacterium longum

    Promotes a healthy stress response and may reduce gastrointestinal symptoms.*

  9. Bifidobacterium bifidum

    Supports healthy blood sugar levels already in the normal range and may help ease gastrointestinal symptoms.*

  10. Streptococcus thermophilus

    Promotes healthy, hydrated skin, supports immune health and Also stimulates the growth of other probiotic strains.*

 

Prebiotics: The Special 'Secret Sauce' That Help Beneficial Probiotics Grow and Thrive

Prebiotics are non-digestible foods that help beneficial probiotics grow and flourish.* They act as a type of fertilizer for the good bacteria in your gut.

Complete Probiotics contains beneficial prebiotics in the form of Fructooligosaccharide (FOS).*

FOS is a favorite food for Lactobacilli and Bifobacterium strains as they can efficiently ferment and utilize it for energy.* These prebiotics remain in your digestive system to help boost the growth of beneficial bacteria.*

While Fructooligosaccharides are a form of carbohydrate, they contain less calories than sugar and do not cause a spike in blood sugar. And they are added in very small quantities as to not cause any digestive upset.

Adding prebiotics to a high-quality probiotic benefits the entire formula and helps you get the benefits you expect!*

An Extra Layer of Stomach Acid-Resistance Protection, Thanks to our Revolutionary Delayed Response Capsule

You may have noticed that many probiotics come packed in standard vegetarian capsules. These capsules can’t always protect probiotic strains from harsh stomach acids and bile.

If the strains aren’t acid- and bile-resistant, you may end up paying for benefits you never receive.

With our 70 CFU Complete Probiotics, we do things differently.

Probiotics do their best work in your intestines and not in your stomach. Yet to make it through your stomach’s harsh acidic environment unscathed, the probiotic strains need protection.

We specifically select probiotic strains that are naturally resistant to stomach acid and bile. And, unlike many other manufacturers, we test our probiotic strains for survivability.

After all, if the probiotics can’t survive their journey to their target – your intestines – you may be wasting your money.

First, our Complete Probiotics contains 80 percent probiotic strains that are greater than 90 percent acid- and bile-resistant.

But then we take an extra step to make sure you get your money’s worth...

Our manufacturer uses patented delayed release capsules called DRcaps™ to provide additional protection from stomach acid.

The first of their kind, these acid-resistant hard capsules are made of a vegetable substance that slows down capsule opening after swallowing. They even tested them on human subjects using an independent lab…

The capsule manufacturers measured how long it took the hard capsules to reach the intestines and release their contents so they could be confident that the probiotics wouldn’t be harmed.

Here’s what they discovered:

  • DRcaps capsules displayed delayed release properties as designed.
  • Disintegration started 45 minutes after ingestion versus 5 minutes for a typical immediate release capsule.
  • For the majority of subjects, complete release occurred in the intestine.
  • Release was complete within 20 minutes after onset.

The DRcaps capsules’ delayed opening was sufficient to protect a probiotic’s fragile bacteria strains from the harsh acidic environment of the stomach.

For the Women in Your Life, a Complete Probiotics Designed with Their Special Needs in Mind

When it comes to probiotics, researchers are discovering that women have special needs that extend beyond a healthy gut.

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Women of all ages need effective probiotic support for their:

  • Digestive and gut health.*
  • Immune health.*
  • Vaginal health.*

Our Complete Probiotics for Women contains 10 beneficial probiotic strains that address all of these woman’s concerns.

This special formula contains seven of the same strains as Complete Probiotics, including my favorite top strain, Lactobacillus acidophilus DDS-1.

To support women’s special needs, we’ve included three Lactobacillus strains that show science-backed value for women’s health: Lactobacillus paracasei, Lactobacillus reuteri, and Lactobacillus gasseri. Complete Probiotics for Women contains a total of seven of the most dominant Lactobacilli probiotic species found in a woman’s healthy vagina.

In addition, Complete Probiotics for Women contains the same two Lactobacillus probiotic strains that can help reduce your absorption of brain-destroying pesticides and mycotoxin toxicity, making this formula one of the most comprehensive probiotic supplements available for women today.

When Traveling, Don't Leave Home Without Your Probiotics

I always recommend taking along Complete Probiotics or Complete Probiotics for Women when traveling to help keep your GI tract in optimal shape and to support your immune health.*

When you visit other countries, there's always a chance your digestive system can be sensitive to different foods and spices that you may not be used to. This can cause not only occasional digestive discomfort, but lead to unnecessary stress.

Who wants to be in another country either on business or vacation and have to deal with occasional digestive discomfort? Plus, when you travel, you’re exposed to all kinds of bacteria that your body isn’t used to, which can weaken your immune system.

That’s why I recommend taking along a probiotic to help boost both GI and immune health while traveling.*

With Complete Probiotics or Complete Probiotics for Women, you have what I consider to be the best probiotic formula available, and it's perfect for traveling because it...

  • Has a shelf life of 18 months at room temperature - Unlike some other probiotic formulas with shorter shelf lives at room temperature, Complete Probiotics is stable longer.*
  • Can help you during times of digestive stress* - To help give your digestive system the extra support it may need while traveling and trying new foods, you can take additional servings (recommended 4 to 6 probiotic capsules).*
  • Supports overall immune health - Eighty percent of your immune system lives in your gut, so it’s important to provide it with the care it needs.*
  • Becomes part of your travel pack - Conveniently fits into your purse or briefcase and it doesn’t require refrigeration.

Why I Believe Complete Probiotics or Complete Probiotics for Women May Be the Ideal Formula for You

Selection Criteria Complete Probiotics?
Contains specific super-strain Lactobacillus acidophilus DDS-1? Yes - The manufacturer holds patent and U.S. trademark on DDS-1.
Shows high potency through independent lab test? Yes - Guaranteed to provide a minimum of 70 billion CFU to ensure potency throughout shelf life.
Works together with prebiotics for improved probiotic performance? Yes -The manufacturer successfully added intestinal-beneficial prebiotics to complement the probiotics.*
Is stable at room temperature for at least 18 months? Yes - Provides flexibility with storage and travel needs at room temperature.
Is non-dairy, free from soy, corn, wheat, and gluten? Yes - One of the industry innovators and first to accomplish this.
Adapts naturally to the human body due to its human origins? Yes - Soil and animal-origin microorganisms are not natural inhabitants of the human body.
Resistant to survive the stomach and intestinal transit? Yes - Testing has demonstrated high survivability of beneficial bacteria.
Utilizes nitrogen packaging and is freeze-dried? Yes - Takes advantage of these innovative processes to help ensure stability.
Comes available in vegetable-based probiotic capsules? Yes - Provides this delivery.
Is Generally Recognize as Safe (GRAS)? Yes - all the probiotic strains are GRAS

Take My #1 Probiotic Supplement Recommendation: Complete Probiotics

I know you can now see the incredible value in this probiotic formula. And there is yet another benefit...

Complete Probiotics comes in glass bottles, offering greater sustainability against any kind of extreme weather conditions. And as you know, glass is also better for the environment.

My team and I worked hard to provide you this extraordinary product at a reasonable price, and I believe we did just that.

If you're serious about supporting your digestive health as well as your overall health, order Complete Probiotics today.*

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Top 6 Frequently Asked Questions
  1. 1. Q: How do I know the probiotics make it to my digestive tract?

    A: For probiotics to survive the digestive tract, they must be bile- and acid-resistant. We carefully tested the strains of bacteria used in our formula for those qualities. Studies show they do a remarkable job of resisting stomach acid and intestinal bile. Some strains even showed tolerance for both at over 90%.

  2. 2. Q: If I'm eating fermented vegetables, do I need probiotics?

    A: Yes. Even though just one mouthful of fermented vegetables can provide far more beneficial bacteria than a probiotic supplement, it is wise to get many different strains of probiotics. However, most people do not eat fermented vegetables at all, let alone each and every day.

  3. 3. Q: What about yogurt?

    A: Traditionally, people used yogurt as a source of probiotics because it was raw and unpasteurized. Most commercial yogurts today, even certified organic ones, are not raw – and are loaded with sugars, artificial sweeteners, fillers, and more. So they're not nearly as beneficial. And pasteurization kills or sterilizes most of the bacteria in commercial yogurt, eliminating most of the benefits.

  4. 4. Q: Do I need to keep Complete Probiotics refrigerated?

    A: No. Even without being refrigerated, Complete Probiotics has a shelf life of 18 months.

  5. 5. Q: Why do I need probiotics?

    A: The "good" bacteria in your gastrointestinal system can only provide you with optimum health if the proper balance of different types of bacteria is maintained in your gut.*

    This is where probiotics can have a profound effect... not just on your GI health, but on your overall health as well.* Keep in mind, 80% of your immune system actually lives in your gut.

    Unfortunately, there are a multitude of ways that the "good" bacteria in your gut can be killed off. Antibiotics, chlorine, processed foods, sugar, and more can negatively affect the delicate balance of bacteria in your gut.

    Taking a high-quality probiotic like Complete Probiotics can help create beneficial balance of bacteria.*

  6. 6. Q: Why would I choose this 70 Billion CFU Complete Probiotics over the 100 Billion CFU Complete Probiotics?

    A: If you are new to probiotics, you may want to start with the 70 Billion CFU formula. If after a few weeks you find you need additional support, you may then move up to the 100 Billion CFU formula.

    We received many requests for a higher CFU probiotic for advanced digestive and immune health, or for use after a round of antibiotics. Our 100 Billion CFU fits those needs perfectly. For those who desire a higher and stronger CFU probiotic, our delayed release 100 Billion CFU is suitable for long-term, continuous use.

    Both the 70 and 100 Billion CFU formulas are shelf-stable and require no refrigeration, even after opening, which makes them equally suitable for travel.


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