Manufacturing a probiotic involves growing bacteria on specialised food called the growth medium.
This original food source supplies the bacteria with the best nutrients for their growth. Once the bacteria have grown, Natren keeps this growth medium also called the supernatant in their finished probiotic product whereas other companies may separate the bacteria from this valuable growth medium and throw it out as a waste product. This separation process can damage or render the bacteria lame, which provides little benefit to us.
Leaving the supernatant in is advantageous as it can help buffer and protect the bacteria from our stomach acid. If you take it away from the bacteria the bacteria are not as protected. Also as the bacteria grow and eat the original food, they make their own vital micronutrients which become part of this medium making the supernatant excellent and rich for our health. Research has proven that probiotics with their supernatant intact are up to 50% more effective than probiotics without the supernatant.
Probiotics are living creatures and need to be protected by harsh environments which can damage them such as heat, light and moisture. Natren uses only dark glass bottles with tin lids to protect them from harmful light and moisture. Plastic bottles allow moisture to get into the bottle contributing to a loss of potency of live bacteria. Probiotics are to be stored refrigerated and are shipped in chilly (eski) bins with commercial grade gel ice packs to keep them cool.
Tested Super Strains
Be aware that all supplements containing beneficial bacteria are not created equal. Selected super strains of bacteria that are derived from human origin are the only choice to obtain the many benefits of probiotics. Natren uses only tested powerful, super strains. These strains are scientifically documented in numerous published researched articles. To be a super strain, the probiotic must be isolated, identified and proven to be beneficial to human health.
Natren does not use any ingredients produced by biotechnology, and as a result, uses only naturally occurring strains with no artificial genetic manipulation. Natren strains have been repeatedly been shown to be safe even when administered in large amounts. These are bacteria that have the ability to inhibit undesirable microorganisms by producing bacteriocins and hydrogen peroxide. Other strains have been proven to be weaker and less effective for humans. With L.acidophilus for example, there are over 200 different strains, each with different strengths and abilities in how beneficial they will be to our health. Natren’s super strains are L.acidophilus NAS and L.acidophilus DDS-1 and they demonstrate increased production of hydrogen peroxide. Today we are dealing with stronger undesirable bad bacteria, and therefore we need strong, capable beneficial bacteria to engage in competitive exclusion.
Certified Manufacturing Procedures
This is the distinguishing feature that puts Natren at the top! Natren is the leading manufacturer of pharmaceutical grade quality probiotics. Why do we know this? By certifying your manufacturing processes where every step is checked to a recognised standard by a third party government agency. For NZ this independent auditing by a governmental agency is under the Australian Therapeutics Goods Agency. It gives International Pharmaceutical Good Manufacturing Practice certification called cGMP to Natren ensuring that the product has been tested for potency, purity, safety, strain identification and stability in all stages form the first culturing of the bacteria through to the expiration date. This recognition is only given to manufacturers that follow pharmaceutical standards in preparation and production of a product. Before a product can be released for sale, it must go through three rigorous quality control tests in- house and at independent labs. As pharmacists we understand the importance of a product having cGMP. Natren manufactures in their own state-of-the-art facility so that they can control the quality from start to finish. They do not buy their product from a third- party contract manufacturer as most other companies do.