What are Soil-Based Organisms? (continued)

Soil-based organisms are “endospore-forming” bacteria, which are naturally hardier than its lactic acid counterparts, and better able to withstand the challenging, harsh environment of the stomach and intestines. This means that soil-based probiotics are different from other probiotics in two distinct ways:

1. Their tough exterior enables a high survival rate to the intestines. Essentially, this translates to a soil-based probiotic supplement requiring far fewer colony forming units (CFUs) than a lactic acid-based supplement. Also, the need for special, enteric coatings for added protection isn’t required.

2. They are able to colonize the gut more effectively. This ensures the consumer that the dosage noted on the label is doing its job, and the health benefits reaped from the probiotics won’t immediately cease. Again, where probiotics are concerned, only the viable organisms in a sample that are capable of reproducing, or colonizing, are considered.