Ingredients In Plexus ProBio5 And How They Work

Understanding Probiotics And How Plexus ProBio5 Works.

A probiotic is an organism which contributes to the health and balance of the intestinal tract. Probiotics are also referred to as the “friendly”, “beneficial”, or “good” bacteria which when ingested acts to maintain a healthy intestinal tract and help fight illness and disease.

Probiotics have been proven to prevent the overgrowth of yeast and fungus and produce substances that can lower cholesterol.

My favorite probiotic used to be Plexus ProBio5 (which is why I wrote this in the fist place). It’s a unique blend of five probiotics and enzymes to help promote gut health, digestive health, and support a healthy immune system.

And even though I don’t use ProBio5 anymore, my research in this post is still relevant and helpful.

For years I’ve taken probiotics—every single day—and relentlessly experiment with tons of different brands and dosages often. ProBio5 was a good product to take at an earlier time in my life—as was working with Plexus back then—but now since nutrition school, I’ve moved on to other products that are super high quality ranging in various prices to be able to help more people.

Here Are My Top Probiotic Recommendations Right Now: (by clicking the links to purchase I am paid a tiny kickback):

— Sunbiotics

Garden of Life

— Bio Schwartz

— Trust Your Gut

— Trace Minerals Greens Pak 

It’s really all about experimenting until you find the best probiotic regimen for your body and health needs. Maybe ProBio5 and VitalBiome are working for you still, which is totally fine. But if you’re ready for a changeup in your supplement routine, looking to save money, or simply want to try something else, then the above products are a great place to start exploring. 

Why does Plexus put enzymes in ProBio5

Yeast and fungal organisms are comprised of proteins, chitin, and cellulose structures. Proteins are broken down by protease enzymes, and cellulose is broken down by cellulase. The chitin structure can only be processed in the presence of the chitinase (chitosinase) enzyme. The enzyme profile in ProBio5, which is micro encapsulated, is designed to process away the protein-based outer layer of yeast and fungal organisms. This then exposes the interior of these organisms to the cellulose of the chitosinase in the ProBio5. Enzymes are efficient and effective in the destruction of yeast and fungi.

So now let’s take a close look at the Ingredients and Benefits of Plexus Probio5:

ProBio5 Friendly Flora In addition to enzymes, it contains very beneficial “friendly bacteria” that assists in supporting the body’s need for a balance of probiotics (micro flora) in the digestive tract. This “friendly bacteria” is delivered in a micro-encapsulation system to ensure that they reach their intended destination in the digestive tract to help rebuild the damage done by the yeast and fungi overgrowth.

Vitamin B6 The probiotics and enzymes in ProBio5 are assisted by the addition of vitamin B6. B6 is required by enzymes involved in protein metabolism and is also essential for red blood cell metabolism. In addition, vitamin B6 helps increase the amount of oxygen carried by the blood. A well oxygenated body is resistant to yeast and fungi.

Grape Seed Extract One of the most powerful of the antioxidants that will fight free radicals. It is 20 times more powerful than vitamin C and 50 times stronger than vitamin E. Grape seed extract is a potent anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory substance. Grape seed extract has been extensively researched in universities around the world.

ProBio5 Probiotics

Without sufficient probiotics, your body’s nutrient absorption is impaired; this can result in producing an environment that is supportive of yeasts and fungi growth.

ProBio5 contains five powerful probiotics:Lactobacillus Sporogenes, L. Acidophilus, L. Plantarum, B. Longum and S. Boulardii.

How may CFUs are in ProBio5?
At the time of manufacture, there are 2 billion probiotic live cells in 1 capsule of ProBio5.

Bacillus Sporogenes is a spore forming probiotic that is able to survive the manufacturing process and caustic stomach acid so it can establish itself in the intestinal tract. Bacillus Sporogenes requires no refrigeration; it has a 50 year history of safe use. Bacillus Sporogenes produces the preferred form of lactic acid which is capable of releasing energy to resynthesize ATP without the involvement of oxygen and is called anaerobic glycolysis.

Lactobacillus — Lactobacilli are bacteria that normally live in the human small intestine and vagina. Lactobacillus Acidophilus is generally considered to be beneficial because it produces vitamin K, lactase, and anti-microbial substances such as acidolin, acidolphilin, lactocidin, and bacteriocin.

L. Acidophilus — This is a powder form of the normal, friendly bacteria that live in our intestines (called flora). Taking acidophilus replenishes our bacterial flora and reduces overgrow of yeast, especially some bacteria which grows well in an acid medium.

L. Planterum — is derived from sour dough and has been demonstrated to improve the recovery of patients with enteric bacterial infections. This bacterium adheres to reinforce the barrier function of the intestinal mucosa, thus preventing the attachment of the pathogenic bacteria to the intestinal wall.

B. Longum — One of the most important residents in the human gastrointestinal tract, B. Longum keeps the digestive system running smoothly, blocks the growth of harmful bacteria and boosts the immune system. The organism ferments sugars into lactic acid and has many health benefits for humans. It is often the dominant bacterium found in humans. It is a Gram-positive, anaerobic, branched rod-shaped bacterium. Researchers have identified a number of proteins that are specialized to help B. Longum interact with the human host and persist against harmful bacteria. Future research will now look closely at which genes allow B. Longum to live in different environments such as dairy products, vegetables and the human gastrointestinal tract.

S. Boulardi — The intestinal micro flora are important for maturation of the immune system, the development of normal intestinal morphology, and in order to maintain a chronic and immunologically balanced inflammatory response. The micro flora reinforces the barrier function of the intestinal mucosa, helping in the prevention of the attachment of pathogenic microorganisms and the entry of allergens. Some members of the micro flora may contribute to the body’s requirements for certain vitamins, including biotin, pantothenic acid and vitamin B12.

Why Should You Supplement Probiotics?

Our intestinal tract / colon can maintain its health with 15% unfriendly bacteria, if the body contains at least 85% probiotic friendly bacteria. Most people have this percentage reversed.

More and more research is establishing how important the supplementation of probiotics can be for a variety of conditions.

If your gut is healthy your immune system will be strong (80% of your immune system resides in your gut), you’ll feel happier and less anxious (because 95% of your mood enhancing hormone—serotonin—is also produced by your gut), you’ll sleep better and more restfully (because your serotonin turns into your sleep hormone melatonin at night), your skin will be clearer and smoother (skin irritations are a sure sign your gut is unhealthy so addressing the root issue in your gut will improve this), and many other benefits.

Like I said, a whopping 80% of your immune system and 95% of your body’s serotonin are in your gut, so in my opinion, this is one of the absolute most important things to take care of.

*Please be mindful I’m simply sharing my personal journey along with some of the information I found helpful or insightful, so you can continue to do your own research alongside your health care practitioner. I don’t ever advocate relying on someone’s blog to make major medical decisions.*

Consuming fermented foods and a diet rich in veggies, healthy fats, and lean proteins are also conducive to supporting your gut health. However, for many of us, eating such a perfect diet all the time just isn’t that easy. And sadly oftentimes it isn’t enough because of food quality, toxic environment, stress, certain medications, etc. so supplementing a good quality probiotic can make a huge difference.

Damaging substances to the delicate intestinal flora balance like chlorine and sodium fluoride—present in most treated city water—are also present in most restaurant beverages. Drinking alcoholic beverages also contributes to the destruction of the intestinal flora.

Antibiotics (check out my research on antibiotics here), birth control pills, steroids, and many other allopathic drugs cause damage to the intestinal flora and to the tissue in the intestinal wall…thus wreaking havoc in the gastrointestinal tract by destroying good bacteria and allowing undesirable bacteria (candida yeast, fungus) to multiply.

And like I said above, when the ratio of good bacteria to bad is lowered, problems begin to arise such as excessive gas, bloating, constipation, intestinal toxicity and poor absorption of nutrients.

A good probiotic supplement will contain millions and millions of live bacteria to bolster and replenish levels of the health promoting good bugs in your digestive tract. Once there, these probiotic reinforcements join forces with the existing friendly bacteria to help inhibit the growth of more harmful microbes.

This, in turn, will help improve the digestion and absorption of your food and stimulate and support the immune system.

Trust me, I can talk hours about gut health. (Just ask my sister…lol.) In nutrition school, there was such a strong focus on digestive health and I’m so thankful to have learned even more about this topic. My passion and purpose is to bring as much awareness and info as possible to this. Please, do your homework and research probiotics whenever you have some time. It could save your life one day…like it did mine.

If you have any questions or need to run anything by me, either comment below or email me any time. I’m totally happy to help you any way I can. 🙂

Cheers To Rocking A Healthy Gut!

PS: Need some help getting your gut healthy? Well, I’ve totally got ya covered! Grab a copy of my best-seller—Purify Your Gut—and get control over your Candida Overgrowth in just 10 days or less. Get more DEETS here!

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41 responses to “Ingredients In Plexus ProBio5 And How They Work

  1. My step daughter is 10 and her mom is giving her and her 2 yr old brother probio5. I can’t find age appropriate label any were. It sounds benifitial but concerned bout their safety if taking them.

    • I have many clients that give ProBio5 to their children. Since most won’t swallow the capsule, they break it up and put it in juice, yogurt, applesauce, etc. I give it to my 8 yr old son that way too. Probiotics are effective in not only boosting the immune system, but also so many other intestinal benefits for overall health. I would suggest you speak to your doctor and take the ingredients in this post with you to go over with him/her. IMO Probiotics are far safer than unnatural medications and are one of the most important things to take in todays environment. I have clients giving this product to children as young as 2, and the oncology doctor on my team says it’s perfectly safe for all ages. Some pour 1/2 capsule in whatever delivery method, while others use the full capsule (like I do with my kiddo). Feel free to message me with any other questions or concerns. I’m a Certified Wellness Coach and it’s my pleasure to help you any way I can. Happy holidays.

      • Thank you for the informatinformation on compatibility with Probio 5 for children. our pediatrician recommended a probiotic and I had Probio 5 so I will opt to use this product line, one capsule a day for my 9 year old.

      • Kim Breaux

        I have been taking the probio5 for about 3 – 4 months now and it is helping with my fibromyalgia, arthritis and joint pain and I was wondering what is in it to help is there some type of inflammatory in it and should I just stay with it r is it ok to get an OTC with the same supplements in it

        • Kim, I have tried countless dozens of probiotics over the past 6 years and ProBio5 is hands down the best one I have found so far. Not only is it very cost effective, but it also has chitosanase, which specifically targets the tough chitin layer of yeast/fungus in our bodies and breaks it down. And it has antifungals that go in and kill the fungus overgrowth, making way for the 5 strains of healthy bacteria to flourish in your GI tract. I have yet to find another probiotic that delivers all of that in one. I firmly believe everyone needs to be on a good quality probiotic and multivitamin every single day. Taking ProBio5 together with Bio Cleanse has been my powerhouse probiotic/detox system.

  2. I have suffered from IBS since I was 11. I’m 45 now and it’s only controlled because of the prescription Paxil.
    Would this with for Ibs symptoms? Desperately looking for a healthier treatment. Thank you!

  3. Summer

    I can’t swallow pills but can I put the bio cleanse in my yougurt just like I do my probio5. Can I put them both in my yogurt at the same time?

    • I have several clients that break up all their capsules and claim they still get sufficient benefits. I would advise that you consult with your Plexus rep who sold you the products.

    • Without knowing more specifics about your son’s health, you should check with your doctor before adding any natural supplements/probiotics. However, I can share countless testimonies of how ProBio5 has helped both children and adults with an array of health issues.

  4. Margaret

    What are the other ingredients? What are the capsules made of? Is there maltrodrextin, niacin, nicin, &/or carraggenan? Any fructose or hfcs?

  5. Anna

    Thanks so much for the explanation of each of the ingredients. ingredients. I am wondering though if you mean bacillus coagulans instead of sporogenes?

  6. Amy Jacoby

    I have a question, I take Probio5 and not sure how many to take. I have taken 4 to 2 probio5 and I don’t necessarily notice a difference. I don’t want to take too many and waste money so just want to know what is a good amount to take to get the benefits. Hope this makes sense.

    • A good maintenance dose is 1-2 capsules (my personal maintenance dose is 2 capsules at bedtime). When I indulge with my diet, or change up my environment (traveling, hospital, etc.), of feel more stressed than normal, then I’ll increase to 3 or 4 for a few days to ensure I don’t get sick. It’s really all about experimenting to find your ideal maintenance dose, and any adjustments needed to offset those other factors. If you’re on certain medications, you may need to adjust for that too. Good luck. ~A

  7. Dave

    Hello, I tried to buy Plexus ProBio5, but at checkout there was no option to ship to the UK ? Do you still ship to the UK? Thanks

  8. Kim

    I have a question, when will these 2 work togther. I have been taking 4 biocleanse a day and 4 probio5 at night for a few days and nothing is happening. Frustrating

    • Hey Kim. Without knowing more info, it’s really hard to answer your question. We’re all individual and there’s no “one way” the products work. I can share that I always have my clients start on a low dose and gradually work their way up until they find the best dose/regimen for their body, goals, and lifestyle. I also work with them in making some healthier dietary changes that are essential for optimal digestive health. My next program is my 10-Day Gut Detox—I believe it could be very beneficial for you. Here’s the info: http://www.extrememakeovers.com/ashleys-10-day-gut-detox/

      Take care. ~A

  9. Mary Sherer

    I loved this article. I had a question, on the label it says tinder other ingredients it says yeast. Why is there yeast? Is that counteractive in killing off the yeast? Do you know the reason they would add yeast? 😊

    • I totally understand how that could be confusing. A little research can quickly clear this up. The yeast in ProBio5 is S. Boulardii, which is a beneficial yeast used as a probiotic. ~A

  10. Hadassah-Kaquoli M. Reno

    I follow the teachings of Yeshua/Jesus and do my best to stay kosher. So taking your capsules is a no-no. I am also on SSI. SO my question is, do you by chance have veggie caps?

  11. Courtney

    Do you have any experience with a capsule for Glycemic Balance? Would you say the ProBio would be enough or could a Glycemic Balance capsule have potential benefits? My 9 year old son has trouble with his weight. My husband and I are both in good shape/healthy weight and we have 3 other boys at healthy weights as well. We have seen some success with a low carb lifestyle and he has been taking the ProBio for about a week now, but just wondering if something additional may be helpful?
    Thank you!!

    • So happy to hear your family is on ProBio—it’s one of my fave probiotics out there! Your benefits of being on a probiotic can vary due to many things including diet, stress, environment, etc. I believe wholeheartedly that food is medicine and proper nutrition is so important. Taking a hard look at what we eat/drink can be a huge eye-opener to certain symptoms we get. I also like to keep a food journal so I can track my progress and see why certain days I feel bloated and out-of-range more clearly.

      As for a supplement to help with blood sugar levels: Our product—Slim—has been shown to help with both blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Many report weight loss benefits with it too. Perhaps consider adding it in after going over the ingredients with your pediatrician? (My advice does not take the place of talking with your doctor first as I do not know full health history, medications, etc.)

  12. Wendy Bromley Bennett Bennett

    I just started the plexus. I have interstatial cytitis. It is ulcers of the bladder with some foods. I immediately noticed my stomach was not bloated, but I think the citric acid is irritating my bladder. Have you had anyone with this condition complain about it? I don’t know if there are simillar products without this acid or any advice. Would it still be helpful to just take the biocleanse but not the pro5 since it has the citric acid?

    • I’m not seeing the citric acid in ProBio5…but as with any supplement, I always encourage my clients and friends to experiment to see what works best for your body. You can play around with dosages and product combos anytime you need to, to ensure you’re always feeling and looking your best. Perhaps try adding in VitalBiome and see how that works for you? As a health coach, I believe probiotics are very important to consume daily—in food, beverages, and supplements—whatever it takes to keep your gut health boosted. Prebiotic fiber has also been a staple for me too, especially on days I don’t get enough fiber from my diet. *Please be mindful I’m simply sharing my personal experience along with some of the information and research I found helpful or insightful, so you can continue to do your own research alongside your health care practitioner. I don’t ever advocate relying on someone’s blog to make major medical decisions.

  13. Bonnie

    I love the other suggestions you’ve given that are cheaper. I am just learning about all this stuff and am curious about the chitosinase. Is enzyme in any of your other suggestions for products or is it only found in Plexus?

    • Chitosanase is an enzyme and there are several probiotic products that offer enzymes (I share a few of those in this article). I have found several probiotics that specifically have chitosanase but haven’t personally tried them yet. What I’ve shared here is what has worked the best for me so far and as I continue to experiment with other products, I will share the ones that really work the best and are also cost effective.

  14. Elizabeth

    Thanks for your information. What are your thoughts on the tri-plex (I think that is how you spell it)? How beneficial is it to take all 3 (pink drink, probio5 and magnesium something)?

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