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B. infantis is a folate-producing beneficial bacteria, primarily found in the gastrointestinal tracts of healthy infants (and human mouths). It seems to play a critical role in establishing a healthy intestinal lining and a robust and well-regulated immune system.* Research has also linked B. infantis to helping mitigate inflammation in the digestive system and throughout the body, stating that it may reduce the production of inflammatory cytokines.* Research suggests B. infantis regulates the production of tryptophan, which is the precursor for serotonin (the neurotransmitter associated with a sense of satisfaction and happiness).* A note on folate: it's one of the B vitamins responsible for tissue growth and cell function.*
L. plantarum is a plant-based, beneficial probiotic strain naturally found in fermented foods like sauerkraut. Several clinical trials have shown that L. plantarum helps support comfortable digestion, helping to minimize gas and bloating.* One of the most common probiotics, L. plantarum seems to support immune system health.* Not only does L. plantarum stimulate the production of anti-inflammatory cytokines like IL-10, it also seems to stimulate the production of regulatory T-cells.* And, preliminary studies indicate that L. plantarum may help strengthen memory, concentration and mood.*
Bifidobacteria are a group of bacteria that typically live in the human intestines and stomach, that help to perform essential functions like digestion and the maintenance of beneficial bacteria. One study suggests that B. bifidum may support immunity by staving off colds and touches of the flu in the winter months. Another clinical study indicates B. bifidum may help with abdominal discomfort caused by gas and bloating.* And yet another study states that B. bifidum can help with occasional diarrhea.* Clinical research suggests that B. bifidum can help maintain comfortable joint movement.* There's also a correlation to improved mental health (boosting mood and easing anxiety), as bifidobacterium is classified as a "psychobiotic", which affects central nervous system-related functions and behaviors mediated by the gut-brain-axis.
One of the first bacteria to colonize our bodies at birth, B. longum has been associated with helping to digest milk and other challenging foods, as it produces lactic acid from the fermentation of sugar in the gut.* Research suggests that B. longum may support immunity and growth in children.* It's also linked to helping maintain healthy cholesterol levels already within a normal range.* And it's been studied to help alleviate stress.
L. gasseri is naturally found in the human digestive and urinary tracts. It's been shown in clinical trials to help people lose weight.* Preliminary research indicates that L. gasseri may inhibit inflammation signaling at the genetic level.* L. gasseri may also support healthy cholesterol levels already within a normal range.*
L. salivarius is one of the most prevalent probiotic species in human saliva. It produces organic acids, such as lactic acid and acetic acid from carbohydrates. L. salivarius seems to help keep the microbial population in the mouth healthy.* Also, several clinical trials indicate that L. salivarius seems to help support the immune system and, as a result, support healthy skin.* Importantly, researchers state that it may keep the vagina healthy and comfortable by promoting a healthy pH balance.*
B. breve is one of the most helpful probiotic bacteria in the human body due to its unique ability to compete with harmful bacteria by digesting a large variety of molecules. It's also prevalent in the colons of breastfed babies. B. breve is linked to helping with occasional constipation in children.* And when combined with a gluten-free (real food) diet, B. breve promotes microbial balance in the digestive tracts of children.* B. breve seems to play a role in helping to establish a healthy microbiome, based on trials involving preterm babies. And, clinical research suggests it may be useful in recolonizing the guts of children who have undergone chemotherapy.*
A transient probiotic bacteria that inhabit the human intestines and the colon, B. lactis breaks down body waste and aids in the absorption of various vitamins and minerals.* One study showed that B. lactis helped preterm babies gain weight and helped develop their immune systems.* Beyond the babies, extensive research has shown that B. lactis is useful when it comes to abdominal comfort and proper digestion, helping to get the colon in shape and making occasional constipation a thing of the past.* Notably, preliminary lab research indicates B. lactis shows exciting potential in neutralizing certain issues associated with wheat.*
Microcrystalline cellulose (base for encapsulation)
Microcrystalline cellulose is all natural refined wood pulp. We chose this ingredient to satisfy the needs of our most sensitive customers.
Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC), water. Our vegetable (vegan) capsules consist of only two ingredients: HPMC and purified water. HPMC is derived from vegetable cellulose of pine. 100% natural, these capsules contain no preservatives, no gelatin, wheat, animal by-products or starch.
We have had excellent results with this product. We feel great and our gut health is much happier. :)
Thank you for this wonderful review and feedback! We love to hear from our customers and learn about their success! Thank you for sharing with us and we are happy to hear your guts are happy and health! :)
I’ve taken probiotics before, but had to switch brands due to ingredients. This brand was recommended. When I reviewed the product on the website, I liked that it was labeled as gentle. I eased into the regular dose and I have had great results. So glad I found Smidge.
Thank you for this 5-star review! We omitted certain strains found in commercial Probiotics that can cause histamine intolerance, d-lactic acidosis and other potential reactions. We are happy to hear you're finding success with our Probiotics! Thank you for sharing with us today!
Best probiotic for histamine intolerance
This supplement allows me to eat a wider variety of foods including higher histamine foods.
What a wonderful review!! We are so happy to hear this is benefiting you and allowing you to eat a wider variety of foods!! We omitted certain strains in our Sensitive Probiotic formula that are normally found in commercial probiotics that can cause histamine intolerance, d-lactic acidosis and other potential reactions. Thank you for sharing with us today and we wish you well!
Been using this for a few weeks and love it so far!
Thank you for this wonderful review! We are happy to hear that our Sensitive Probiotic Capsules are working wonders for you! The Sensitive Probiotic contains Eight strains of beneficial bacteria that are essential for digestive health, without the strains that can irritate folks with sensitive digestive systems. Thank you so much for sharing with us today!
Love the product hate the shipping fees
I love this probiotic and the specific strains are low histamine and safe but the shipping costs are WAY above industry standards, WAY way above the actual shipping cost for a bottle this size anywhere in the United States and their customer service is unapologetic about it, doesn’t have any plans to change!
Hello! Thank you for your honest feedback and for your kind words about our Smidge Sensitive Probiotic! Smidge Small Batch Supplements strictly provides the highest quality products possible, we never cut corners. As a result, we do not hide the freight cost in the cost of the product but simply charge what it actually costs Smidge to ship your orders to you promptly and with two-day expedited shipping for our probiotics. We are a small company and at this time cannot compete with larger sellers who can offer free shipping. Keep in mind that most of these larger companies bake shipping costs into the price of the product. Then they offer free shipping. We do understand it is an added cost and we are looking for alternatives to remedy this. For now, a way around this would be to try to meet the minimum amount of $70 for automatic free shipping on your order. This way you will not incur the added cost of shipping. We also recently have offered a Good For You Rewards Program, where you can earn points on every order with Smidge! You can also receive points by participating in various activities that help us spread the word about our Small Batch Supplements, like writing a review, referring a friend and following us on our social media accounts! Then, you can use your points for money off your Smidge orders or free shipping. 250 points can be earned for $10 off your order, or for free shipping towards your order! We hope this is helpful. We do appreciate your feedback and hope to look for ways to remedy this in the future! Thank you!