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Seed is a disruptive new gut health supplement that aims to remedy many of the perceived faults with probiotic supplements. Here’s what’s in it and how it works.
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As a “synbiotic,” Seed combined prebiotic fiber with probiotic bacteria. The men’s version that Seed sent us has 58.1 billion bacteria per serving; here are the ingredients.
Digestive Health and Gastrointestinal Immunity (46 billion AFU)
Bifidobacterium longum SD-BB536-JP, Lactobacillus acidophilus SD-LA2-IT, Lactobacillus plantarum SD-LP1-IT, Lactobacillus rhamnosus SD-LR6-IT, Bifidobacterium breve SD-BR3-IT, Bifidobacterium infantis SD-M63-JP, Streptococcus thermophilus SD-FP4-IT, Bifidobacterium lactis SD-BS5-IT, Lactobacillus reuteri SD-LRE2-IT, Bifidobacterium lactis SD-150-BE, Lactobacillus rhamnosus SD-GG-BE, Lactobacillus reuteri SD-RD830-FR.
Antioxidative Stress (5.3 billion AFU)
Bifidobacterium longum HRVD90b-US, Lactobacillus casei HRVD300-US, Bifidobacterium breve HRVD521-US, Bifidobacterium lactis HRVD524-US, Lactobacillus rhamnosus HRVD113-US.
Cardiovascular Health (6.8 billion AFU)
Lactobacillus plantarum SD-LPLDL-UK, Bifidobacterium lactis SD-MB2409-IT, Bifidobacterium longum SD-BL4-IT.
Microbiota-Accessible Prebiotic® [MAP] Blend
Indian Pomegranate [whole fruit and skin] (Punica granatum) (30% Punicalagins) Organic Scandinavian Chaga Mushroom extract [mycelium] (Inonotus obliquus) Organic Scandinavian Pine [bark] (Pinus sylvestris) (50% Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins)
Acid-Resistant Vegan Outer Capsule [hypromellose, fermented gellan gum, water, chlorophyllin], organic glycerine, water. Vegan Inner Capsule [hypromellose], organic rice fiber, organic rice extract blend. Choline (Choline Cl USP) [Low Moisture Suspension Matrix].
Your gut microbiome is the term used to refer to the trillions of bacteria in your digestive tract that help you to break down and absorb nutrients from food. Recent research has suggested that a healthy, populous, and diverse gut microbiome may improve immunity, lower inflammation, improve athletic recovery, and maybe even help with mental health.
Seed delivers a lot of probiotic bacteria from about two dozen different strains, and research has linked them to a variety of potential effects. As a newer area of research it’s hard to be certain of how useful the product is, but Seed is definitely at the cutting edge.
A big reason for Seed’s success is that instead of using a gelatin capsule, it houses its formula inside an acid resistant capsule that helps to keep the pill from breaking down in your stomach acid. Why? Because your stomach acid might kill the bacteria, rendering them ineffective.
Another bonus is that there’s a capsule of prebiotic fiber *inside* that acid resistant capsule. This helps to ensure the fiber makes its way through your digestive tract to the places it’s needed, like the colon.
Seed Pros & Cons
-Shelf stable for 18 months
-More strains and bacteria than you normally see
-Acid resistant coating
-Combines prebiotic fiber and probiotics
-Vegan – actually notable because a lot of probiotics come from dairy
-Gluten free, non GMO, allergen free
-Benefits aren’t ironclad just yet