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RAW Extraordinary Probiotics
The Next Generation of Digestive Health
By Joseph Brasco, MD – Doctor’s Prescription for Healthy Living Article

The Father of Probiotics

Almost 100 years ago, Nobel Prize winner Elie Metchnikoff detailed his thoughts on why lactic acid-producing bacteria found in cultured dairy was vital for living a long, healthy life. After studying Bulgarian peasants that lived in the Caucasus Mountains, he came to believe that their longevity—they lived twice as long as their European counterparts—was due in large part to the raw, fermented dairy drink they consumed on a daily basis.

Élie Metchnikoff, Ph.D.

Metchnikoff theorized that the good bacteria in the “sour milk” consumed by these Bulgarians were responsible for balancing the bad bacteria found in the gut. Today, those familiar with probiotics recognize that theory—and that is why Metchnikoff is known as the “Father of Probiotics.”

When you consider the “original source” of probiotics, the “sour milk” of the mountain-dwelling Bulgarians, and then look at probiotics today, you are likely looking at two very different entities. For starters, while Metchnikoff isolated one species of probiotic (Lactobacillus bulgaricus) from cultured dairy, there were certainly other probiotics. Additionally, there were other nutrients—vitamins, minerals, enzymes and various probiotic-created cofactors inherent in the “sour milk”. Oh, and don’t forget, the original source of the “sour milk” was unprocessed and unpasteurized milk, a factor that is often overlooked.

Ever since I first studied the works of Elie Metchnikoff years ago, an idea has always kicked around in my head. What if we could recreate the “original source” of probiotics? Could we turn back the clock, go back to the mountains of Bulgaria and replicate their “sour milk”?

The Original Probiotic Source

If I told you that I wanted my newest probiotic formula to be raw, fully clothed, and culturally diverse, would you think me crazy? Hang on while I explain. First off, we need to go back to the “sour milk” and look at some of its properties. They look like this:

  • Raw – We made this point earlier, but it bears repeating. Metchnikoff’s Bulgarians consumed a cultured dairy product that came from raw milk. It was uncooked, untreated and unadulterated.
  • Full Spectrum – The probiotics weren’t naked. By that I mean that they were surrounded by other nutrients—vitamins, minerals, enzymes and other cofactors. This is an important point. I don’t believe in isolating probiotics from other nutrients.
  • Diverse – I believe in cultural diversity, even where probiotics are concerned. The fact is scientists have identified over 400 beneficial probiotics that live within the human digestive tract. That is why I wanted to include a diverse collection of probiotics, not just one or two strains.

Original Source Raw Probiotics:

That’s a great starting point for a probiotic supplement. But, if we were going to make an “original source” probiotic, it meant a lot of legwork for my team at Garden of Life. To start, we needed to take a virtual trip to Bulgaria.

The “sour milk” of the Bulgarians most closely resembles kefir and, to a lesser extent, yogurt. We started by sourcing Bulgarian yogurt cultures and wild Eastern European kefir. These dairy cultures contain a wide diversity of probiotics, including Lactobacillus bulgaricus, the very same species discovered by Elie Metchnikoff. I was thrilled that we were able to find these cultures. To me, they represent the very meaning of “original source.”

I also liked the fact that they were “culturally diverse.” Each RAW Probiotics formula contains over 30 different strains of probiotics. Remember, there are over 400 strains of beneficial bacteria in the healthy human digestive system. By giving you over 30 different strains, RAW Probiotics is the most diverse probiotic supplement available today. Those 30 different strains contribute to a high potency. In fact, with over 85 billion colony-forming units (CFUs) per serving, it is among one of the highest-potency probiotics available today.

Of course, the original “sour milk” was a lot more than just probiotics—and so are RAW Probiotics. Raw, fermented dairy products are teeming with enzymes, vitamins and minerals. During the dairy culturing process, enzymes are created, specifically ones that help break down hard-to-digest milk proteins as well as the milk sugar lactose. In order to emulate this, RAW Probiotics contains proteases— enzymes that break down milk protein, and lactase—an enzyme that breaks down lactose.

Now, most people don’t think of cultured dairy as a key source of vitamins and minerals. However, the truth is, the culturing process actually creates some vitamins, in addition to the fact that dairy is replete with vitamins and minerals. RAW Probiotics contains 19 different Vitamin Code vitamins and minerals, including RAW vitamin D, RAW calcium, RAW vitamin C, RAW selenium and much more. Vitamin Code vitamins and minerals are the only RAW, unheated, untreated and unadulterated with no binders or fillers.

Finally, we have included an Eastern European Fruit and Yogurt blend. Included are European sweet “paprika” red bell pepper, green Danube garden pea (Pisum sativum), high beta-carotene carrot (daucus carota), Chachak Siberian plums, Oblacinska South European cherries, Senga Sengana Bulgarian strawberries, Willamette Adriatic raspberries and yogurt concentrate.

With over 30 diverse RAW Probiotics, RAW enzymes found in cultured dairy, RAW Vitamin Code vitamins and minerals and our RAW Eastern European Fruit and Yogurt blend, RAW Probiotics represents the closest you can come to the “original source” discovered by Elie Metchnikoff.

Age- and Gender- Specific RAW Probiotics

Because no one probiotic supplement is right for everyone, we tailored the Garden of Life RAW Probiotics line to be age and gender specific. In addition to the baseline formula detailed in the article, the age- and gender-specific formulas also contain targeted probiotics to support unique health needs. (And of course, RAW Probiotics are uncooked, untreated, unadulterated; with no binders or fillers and no carriers such as maltodextrin or dextrose. They are all gluten-free and contain no soy allergens.)

RAW Probiotics Women targeted 32-strain probiotics support women’s colon health, breast health, thyroid health, vaginal health, overall digestive function, bowel regularity, gut-related immunity, and delivers over 85 billion live probiotic cells per daily serving. Click here for more RAW Probiotics Women detailed product information.

RAW Probiotics Women 50 & Wiser targeted 32-strain probiotics support women’s colon health, breast health, thyroid health, overall digestive function, bowel regularity, gut-related immunity, and healthy cholesterol, and delivers over 85 billion live probiotic cells per daily serving. Click here for more RAW Probiotics Women 50 & Wiser detailed product information.

RAW Probiotics Men targeted 32-strain probiotics support men’s colon health, heart health, prostate health, healthy stress levels, gut-related immunity, bowel regularity, and delivers over 85 billion live probiotic cells per daily serving. Click here for more RAW Probiotics Men detailed product information.

RAW Probiotics Men 50 & Wiser targeted 32-strain probiotics men’s colon health, heart health, prostate health, healthy blood sugar, gut-related immunity, bowel regularity, and delivers over 85 billion live probiotic cells per daily serving. Click here for more RAW Probiotics Men 50 & Wiser detailed product information.

RAW Probiotics Kids targeted probiotics support digestive and immune health, delivers over 5 billion live probiotic cells per daily serving, includes 23 RAW and organic fruits and vegetables, plus RAW Inulin (prebiotic that supports probiotic growth). Click here for more RAW Probiotics Kids detailed product information.

Arrive Alive!

Probiotics that are found in cultured dairy products are very sensitive to heat and humidity. Knowing this, supplement companies use large colony-forming unit (CFU) counts because there is an expected die-off of some of the probiotics between the time they are manufactured and the time they are consumed. Check the labels. When you see “50 billion CFU per serving” it is often followed by “At time of manufacture.” It is very hard for the consumer to know—and have confidence in—the number on the bottle.

For RAW Probiotics formulas, it was critical to us to remove this doubt. That is why Garden of Life created the Arrive Alive process. It ensures that our probiotics are handled in such a way that you can feel confident you are getting the full 85 billion CFU in every serving.

  1. To start, RAW Probiotics are grown in a state-of-the-art culturing facility. When they are fully grown, they are quickly put into frozen storage.
  2. They are then shipped in refrigerated trucks to our manufacturing plant, where they are immediately transferred to our own freezers for storage until they are ready to be blended and encapsulated. The facility we use is exclusively dedicated to the production of our probiotics. That means that Garden of Life controls the environmental conditions—keeping it cold and at the proper humidity.
  3. After blending and encapsulating, the probiotics are immediately moved back into cold storage.
  4. The next step is probably the most important. When retailers order RAW Probiotics, the finished goods are picked and placed into special containers, along with desiccants (moisture absorbing agents) and frozen packs so that they remain at optimal temperature and relative humidity all the way to our retail partners.
  5. Retailers are instructed to store the RAW Probiotics in refrigeration until the consumer purchases them and the instructions on the packaging inform the consumer the product is best when refrigerated. With Garden of Life’s Arrive Alive system, you can feel sure that you are getting what the label promises.

Note from Christine: Our RAW Probiotics are shipped to us 3-Day, in special cool packs directly from the manufacturing facility, refrigerated at our facility and then shipped 2 or3 day Priority Mail to our customers in special cool packs. Due to this special ship process, all Raw Probiotics are special ordered for customers in quantities of six.


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Raw Interview with Jordan Rubin,
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by Health Experts at Healthy Living Magazine & Christine Dreher, CCN, CCH



Dr. Brasco’s credibility and knowledge is demonstrated by the impact he is making in the lives of his patients at the Center for Colon and Digestive Disease in Huntsville, Alabama and in his certification by the American Board of Internal Medicine in both Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine. Dr. Brasco is also a medical consultant for Garden of Life in the area of digestive health, co-author of the book “Restoring Your Digestive Health,” and in his spare time, he trains as an amateur runner in triathlons.

Note: The content provided in this article is intended for informational and educational purposes only and is not intended to take the place of professional medical advice. You are encouraged to consult with your medical health care provider regarding any health concern or health-related condition you may have.

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