If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you’ll probably know that I’m a huge advocate of gut health (because it impacts everything from the immune system to anxiety and depression). But if the words “microbiome”, “prebiotics” and “probiotics” aren’t yet something you are familiar with, it might be worth reading this blog post before digesting (see what I did there!?) this new one…
You may recall that I wrote a blog post a little while ago advising which probiotics I rate and why. In that post I mentioned Symprove – a liquid probiotic I was planning on trying due to some impressive findings. The lovely team at Symprove contacted me afterwards and offered for me to try their product for free. I haven’t been asked to review Symprove or endorse it in any way but I wanted to share my honest experience – especially as I think it’s a product worth trying if you suffer from IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome).
What Is Symprove?
“Symprove is a water-based multi-strain supplement that contains 4 unique strains of live activated bacteria. These include: L. rhamnosus, E. faecium, L. acidophilus, and L. plantarum. Normally a healthy gut would already contain all four of these, however when it doesn’t, it can soon become unbalanced.” (symprove.com).
It is a dairy-free, gluten-free liquid probiotic and it contains no artificial colours, flavours or sweeteners. It has been proven to relieve bloating, constipation, stomach cramps, diarrhoea and alleviate the symptoms associated with IBS, IBD and Ulcerative Colitis, all within its 12 week programme.
Why Is It Better Than Other Probiotics?
Symprove is live and activated from the moment you swallow the probiotic. Most other multi strain probiotics are freeze-dried capsules and powder sachets which take hours to rehydrate before the body can start absorbing them.
You can watch a short clip of the independent King’s College research results being presented here. Along with the King’s College Hospital trial (which found that the probiotic significantly improved IBS symptoms in nearly all of the 152 patients), independent research at UCL analysed 8 popular probiotic formulations (including Symprove, Actimel and Yakult) and found that Symprove was the only one to deliver live bacteria to the gut.
“The study subjected the products to three challenge tests to assess if the bacteria arrived in a live state, survived stomach acid transit and thrived in the target area of the gut. Symprove was the ONLY product to pass all three tests.”
How Do You Take It?
Each bottle comes with a 50ml cap which is the daily measure needed – one “capful” is to be taken on an empty stomach, ideally first thing in the morning. This is important because it means more of the live bacteria can reach the gut. Once a bottle is opened it needs to be stored in the fridge.
The product comes in 2 flavours – Original and Mango and Passion Fruit. I tried the Mango and Passion Fruit flavour and it tasted fine to me.
My Experience (Symptoms)
I’m actually writing this review only 4 weeks into the programme and this is largely because I wanted to tell you about the product, but also because I don’t personally suffer from any bowel symptoms (bloating, gas, abdominal pain, diarrhoea etc). Therefore I’m not expecting to notice a huge difference in my poop over the next few months. The reason I was keen to try the product is because I’m constantly trying to support my immune system and replenishing gut bacteria is a great way to do that. The best way for me to find out if Symprove had a positive impact on my gut would have been to get my poop tested before and after! If you are interested in doing this, check out Map My Gut or The British Gut Project.
It is recommended that you take Symprove for 12 weeks to reap the full benefits of a healthy gut. To encourage you to do so, Symprove will cover the last four weeks of your programme – this basically means that you’ll only pay for the first eight weeks. Because the product has a relatively short sell-by date (4 months) to ensure the bacteria are at their strongest, they send you only 4 weeks at a time.
The cost of a full 12 week programme (12 bottles including the four free bottles) is £158. This may seem expensive but if you break it down it’s about £13 per week or roughly £1.80 a day – not a bad deal for a heathy, happy gut at the end of the programme.