Looking for a probiotic you can trust and that actually helps improve your gut? Seed is by far the best I’ve found and the only one I plan to purchase from now on. Here’s why.
Last year, I was listening to a Rich Roll podcast about a probiotics company named Seed. I’ve been taking probiotics for years, but have always brand hopped, never really sure if I was getting a “good” probiotic. After listening to the podcast, I immediately signed up for Seed monthly shipments. What struck me the most is how much research and data they have around their specific probiotic strains, something lacking with other brands.
In addition to the science behind Seed and how it’s improved my gut, I also really love the convenience. More on all of that in this post!
Seed’s probiotic is called the Daily Synbiotic. The science is complex, but essentially, most of the bacteria we carry around actually helps keep our bodies healthy. We’ve been told so much that we need to sanitize, bleach, and get germs off of everything. And yes, it’s wise to wash your hands and clean surfaces, ESPECIALLY with coronavirus.
But, there are also many good strains of bacteria. Good bacteria help foster a healthy gut, digestive system and immune system. And that’s where probiotics come into play.
Seed Probiotics Review
The Daily Synbiotic is a 2-in-1 capsule. It contains probiotic strains that deliver benefits to the gastrointestinal system which influences overall health.
- The inner capsule contains 24 clinically-studied strains of probiotics. These are strains not found in yogurt, most supplements or fermented foods and beverages.
- The outer capsule is a Prebiotic. It contains punicalagins, which comes from Indian pomegranate. The gut transform these into powerful “metabolites” for the human body.
Wait, what are metabolites? As bacteria do what they need to sustain themselves (e.g. their version of “eating”) they take bigger compounds and turn them into smaller compounds. So metabolites are simply small molecules and naturally formed as substances are broken down. Basically, metabolites are like bacterial poop: the end product of what they metabolize.
The Seed formula was developed by the Seed team in conjunction with scientists and doctors who are experts in the field of probiotics. Their Chief Scientist is Dr Gregor Reid, Ph.D., a world-renowned specialist in beneficial microbes. He serves as the Chair of the United Nations World Health Organization Expert Panel on Probiotics. And he led the group that authored the globally accepted definition of ‘probiotics’. Additionally, Seed has a Scientific Advisory Board, made up of male and female MDs and PhDs.
If you really want to dive deep into probiotics and the science behind them, read more here.
What Is A Synbiotic?
A Synbiotic is defined as a “combination of prebiotics and probiotics that together, promote gastrointestinal health by improving survival and adherence of live microbial dietary supplements”. In simpler terms, the idea behind synbiotics is that adding prebiotics to a probiotic supplement can help ensure the digestion-friendly microorganisms arrive in the gut alive and well. (Source)
2-in-1 Capsule Technology
The 2-in-1 capsule technology is resistant to stomach acid, digestive enzymes, and bile salts. It has a Chlorophyllin exterior to protect the strains from light. And the powder prebiotic suspension helps protect it from oxygen, moisture, and heat (all of which bacteria are sensitive to).
Benefits of Taking Seed Daily Synbiotic
Note: all of this information comes directly from Seed. I shared my personal experience below!
Gut Barrier Integrity
- Helps maintain healthy gut barrier function and integrity
Gut Immune Function
- Supports healthy gut immune function and ‘cross-talk’ between immune and intestinal cells
- Increases production of short-chain fatty acids
- Promotes heart health
- Helps maintain blood cholesterol levels already in the normal range
- Supports healthy intestinal recycling of cholesterol and bile
- Supports folate (vitamin B9) production
- Supports intestinal synthesis of vitamin B12
The Science Behind Seed Daily Synbiotic
Seed Daily Synbiotic Formulation
Seed is made up of different probiotic blends to support different functions in the body:
- Digestive Health / Gastrointestinal Immunity / Gut Barrier Integrity Probiotic Blend – 37.0 Billion AFU
- Dermatological Health Probiotic Blend – 3.3 Billion AFU
- Cardiovascular Health Probiotic Blend – 5.25 Billion AFU
- Micronutrient Synthesis Probiotic Blend – 8.05 Billion AFU
- Microbiota-Accessible Prebiotic™ [MAP] Blend – 400 mg
Seed is a vegan and gluten-free probiotic and doesn’t contain soy or preservatives. It’s also free of the 14 classes of allergens identified by the European Food and Safety Authority (EFSA) Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition, and Allergies.
Note: Last month (May 2020), they made a minor update to the prebiotic blend in the Daily Synbiotic. Scandinavian chaga and pine bark were removed to allow for a higher dos of the primary prebiotic, punicalagin. I didn’t notice a difference at all in how my gut felt after that change.
My Honest Review of the Seed’s Daily Synbiotic
Like I mentioned in the intro, I’ve tried dozens and dozens of probiotics over the years. I first started taking probiotics about 7 years ago but never exactly knew how to buy a “good” one. So I’d go to the probiotics section at Whole Foods and buy whatever sounded like it had the “most” strains. Or, whatever was expensive. Or whatever happened to be on sale. Not exactly the most scientific approach.
After learning more about Seed, I switched and haven’t gone back to any others. I’ve taken Seed probiotics for about 8 months now. I take two capsules a day on an empty stomach, so usually right as I wake up.
What I noticed almost immediately is that I had more regular bowel movements and more quality BMs. Sorry, perhaps TMI but poop is super important y’all! And as someone who has struggled with digestive issues for over 20 years, this is a HUGE win in my book. Over time, things have improved even more. Seed can’t treat or cure any disease, but it’s certainly helped my irritable bowel!
You can only buy Seed probiotics online, but that’s a major perk for me. I like the probiotics ship to me monthly so I don’t have to think to re-order. And I like their approach to sustainability, where they send refills for a glass jar rather than entirely new containers each month. All of the packaging is compostable. It’s actually really cool – some of their packaging is made from mushrooms.
Your initial order comes like this, with a glass jar to hold your monthly refills. They also include a travel jar, which I love!
Refills arrive like this.
And then you just dump the refills into your jar!
Quick note regarding pregnancy and Seed probiotics, since you can see my 24-week bump in the above photos. The Daily Synbiotic is safe to take during pregnancy and while breastfeeding, but they suggest you always check with your doctor before taking anything new!
Fun company fact: Seed Co-Founders Ara and Raja were introduced when Ara was pregnant. Her journey through pregnancy and breastfeeding is part of what inspired their vision for Seed.
You can purchase Seed here!
All opinions are my own and I do receive an affiliate commission if you purchase Seed through my links. Before I was approved an affiliate, I completed an educational course on the science behind their probiotics. Also, I spent my own money buying Seed long before I applied to become an affiliate. Thank you for supporting my blog through the brands I support!