Los Angeles, CA, November 30, 2009 – In a recent review of probiotic supplements for adults, children and pets by natural products industry watchdog group ConsumerLab.com, both Jarrow Formulas’ Jarro-Dophilus EPS® and Fem Dophilus® were found to contain the listed amount of probiotic organisms and were free of microbial contamination in ConsumerLab.com’s probiotic product review.
ConsumerLab.com purchased probiotic products sold in the U.S. and Canada and tested them to determine whether they:
- Possessed the claimed amount of viable bacteria listed on the label and at least 1 billion live organisms per suggested daily serving.
- Were free of contamination with other yeast, mold, or types of bacteria with disease-causing potential, and
- Disintegrated properly (if in tablet form) so that their contents would be released, or if enteric-coated, their contents would be released after passing through the stomach.
When purchasing products labeled as “requiring refrigeration” (not just after opening), ConsumerLab.com had them shipped in refrigerated packaging, and they were maintained under refrigerated conditions throughout testing.
Twenty-seven probiotic supplements were tested — 23 marketed for human use and four for use by pets.
ConsumerLab.com selected 13 of the products. Fourteen others were tested at the request of manufacturers/distributors through ConsumerLab.com’s Voluntary Certification Program. Additionally, two products that are the same as the one that passed but sold under different brand names were also listed in the results.
Pointing out that neither the FDA nor any other federal or state agency actually tests probiotics for quality, ConsumerLab.com examined the viability of probiotic organisms in each product, the presence of any contaminating organisms, and the protection of active or survivable organisms. Jarro-Dophilus® EPS and Fem-Dophilus® were found to be among the highest quality probiotics.
Jarro-Dophilus® EPS combines both room temperature stability and enteric coating to protect against stomach acid. Jarro-Dophilus® EPS is formulated with 8 different species of friendly bacteria from 4 genera: Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, Pediococcus, and Lactococcus. At the time of manufacture, each capsule contains 5 billion probiotic organisms per vegetarian capsule. Jarro-Dophilus® EPS is especially helpful to people who do not eat a balanced diet, consume little fiber or fermented foods, take antibiotics, are under stress, travel, or simply want to strengthen their intestinal immune system.
Fem-Dophilus® features the world's most documented probiotic strains for women's health, Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1® and Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14® discovered and developed by Drs. Gregor Reid and Andrew Bruce of Urex Biotech, Inc., and is produced and marketed globally by Chr. Hansen, a world leader in probiotics.
Extensive research has confirmed that GR-1® and RC-14® taken as an oral supplement colonize and protect the vaginal tract. More than 20 years of research has shown that GR-1® and RC-14® help to restore and maintain the balance of flora important to vaginal health and the health of the urinary tract overall.
ConsumerLab.com (CL) is a provider of independent test results and information that helps consumers and healthcare professionals evaluate health, wellness and nutrition products. It publishes results of its tests at www.consumerlab.com — which receives more than 3 million visits per year from consumers and health professionals. Since its founding in 1999, CL has tested more than 2,100 products, representing over 350 different brands and nearly every type of popular supplement.
Jarrow Formulas is a nutritional supplement formulator and marketer founded in 1977 and incorporated in 1988. The company markets its products throughout the United States and internationally in more than 20 countries in Europe, Asia, Israel and Latin America. The company offers a complete line of nutritional products that includes vitamins, minerals, probiotics, standardized herbal concentrates, amino acids, enzymes and enteral nutrition formulations. Jarrow Formulas, Inc. is active in regulatory affairs, helping to maintain American’s rights to free access to dietary supplements. Its products are manufactured by Jarrow Industries Incorporated, a pharmaceutical quality facility located in Santa Fe Springs, CA. For more information, contact Mark Becker, Director, Advertising/Communications toll free at (800) 726-0886 or access the Jarrow Formulas Web site at www.Jarrow.com.
For free Jarrow Formulas’ Jarro-Dophilus EPS® and Fem Dophilus® samples, access www.Jarrow.com/sample.