Seed Probiotic Review

Seed is a life science and consumer health company that focuses on how the microbiome impacts health. Seed is built upon an ecosystem of scientists, doctors, innovators, entrepreneurs, and diverse professionals from all around the world.

The team at Seed has worked together to develop the ultimate probiotic-prebiotic supplement to carry out a systems-wide role in human health. Seed strives to educate others on their Daily Synbiotic and the importance of bacteria and in human and planetary health.

In this article we’ll review the Daily Synbiotic by Seed and how its design is superior to competing products.  We’ll also explore the sustainable nature of the company and how Seed educates its users on bacteria in relation to their health. Finally, I’ll review my own experience with taking Seed and how it influenced my health.

Seed Synbiotic Review

Overview of Daily Synbiotic

Seed Synbiotic Review

Seed currently sells the Daily Synbiotic which is the ultimate probiotic-prebiotic supplement. This product is the first of its kind to take a microbe-systems approach with strain-specific benefits. The Daily Synbiotic not only aids gastrointestinal function but it also promotes better skin health, heart health, gut immune function, gut barrier integrity, and micronutrient synthesis.

There are tons of factors which disrupt our inner microbiome and compromise our health. Common factors which can impact our personal microbiome include diet, stress, alcohol, lack of sleep, tobacco, pollution, and antibiotics. Thankfully, Seed has included the perfect combination of probiotic strains along with prebiotics to combat these issues.

The Daily Synbiotic can be used by adults ages 18 and over. This product is free of allergens, fillers, and preservatives and is also  100% vegan and can be taken by anyone regardless of their dietary concerns or preferences.

Pros vs. Cons

Although Seed is superior to its competitors in terms of design and its wide-ranging health benefits, there are a few drawbacks to its use. The following are the pros and cons of taking the Daily Probiotic by Seed.

Pros
  • 100% Vegan

  • Free of Allergens and Preservatives

  • No refrigeration required

  • Contains 53.6 Billion AFU

Cons
  • Somewhat expensive

  • Requires subscription

  • Proprietary formula

  • May experience gastrointestinal sensitivity

System Specific Blends

Seed’s Daily Synbiotic combines 24 probiotic strains along with a new class of non-fermenting prebiotic compounds. Seed takes a Microbe-Systems Approach in its design of the synbiotic providing strain-specific benefits in addition to digestive health such as skin health, heart health, gut immune function, gut barrier integrity, and micronutrient synthesis.

Digestive Health / Gastrointestinal Immunity / Gut Barrier Integrity Probiotic Blend

AFU: 40.0 Billion

Number of Strands: 16

Health Benefits:

  • Supports digestive health
  • Eases bloating
  • Alleviates constipation
  • Helps maintain healthy gut barrier function and integrity
  • Supports healthy gut immune function
  • Supports healthy GI immunological responses

Dermatological Health Probiotic Blend

AFU: 1.2 Billion

Number of Strands: 4

Health Benefits:

  • Promotes healthy skin
  • Reinforces healthy gut-skin axis

Cardiovascular Health Probiotic Blend

AFU: 4.0 Billion

Number of Strands: 2

Health Benefits:

  • Promotes heart health
  • Helps maintain blood cholesterol levels
  • Supports healthy intestinal recycling of cholesterol and bile

Micronutrient Synthesis Probiotic Blend

AFU: 8.4 Billion

Number of Strands: 2

Health Benefits:

  • Supports folate (vitamin B9) production
  • Supports intestinal synthesis of vitamin B12 in vitro

Microbiota-Accessible Prebiotics™ [MAPs] Blend

Concentration: 190 mg

Health Benefits:

  • Biotransformed by gut bacteria into beneficial metabolites for the body
  • Protects the heart and cardiovascular system
  • Helps store the energy from food
  • Protects the body against oxidative stress

Probiotic Terminology

Seed includes 4 probiotic blends and 1 prebiotic blend in its Daily Synbiotic. This product is formulated with strains not found in typically sources of probiotics such as yogurt or other fermented foods and beverages. Let’s review what probiotics, prebiotics, and synbiotics are in their relation to human health.

Probiotics

Probiotics are referred to as good bacteria because they help keep your gut healthy and aid with digestion. Usually, probiotic products contain strains of bacteria from the genera Lactobacillus or Bifidobacterium.

Daily Synbiotic contains several strains of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium in its formulation. These strains are generally used to maintain a healthy digestive tract and are also used commonly by women to promote female health. Additionally, they improve immune function and prevent infection from hostile bacteria.

Probiotics can be found in foods such as yogurt, kimchi, kombucha, and some types of cheese. Those who do not consume enough probiotics from their food alone can take probiotic supplements to aid their diet.

Prebiotics

Prebiotics  are generally complex carbohydrates that microorganisms use as fuel. The most common forms of prebiotics include Fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS), galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS), and trans-galacto-oligosaccharides (TOS).

Seed has included Indian Pomegranate, Organic Scandinavian Chaga Mushroom extract, and Organic Scandinavian Pine as a part of its prebiotic blend in the Daily Synbiotic. These plant-based prebiotic compounds are biotransformed by gut bacteria into beneficial metabolites for the body. Something that makes these ingredients unique is that they are non-fermentative, unlike FOS, GOS, and inulin.

Synbiotics

Products which contain a combination of probiotics and prebiotics are termed synbiotics. Synbiotics work to keep healthy bacteria alive and flourishing, especially in the GI tract. Some probiotics have trouble surviving while passing through the intestinal tract so the use of prebiotics helps more of these probiotic bacteria to survive, thus making the probiotic more effective.

Two Versions of Daily Synbiotic

Seed realized the need for two different versions of the Daily Synbiotic, one for females and one for males. The anatomical differences between females and males creates different microbiomes between the two sexes thus creating a need for separate products for each sex.

Although the strains in the Daily Synbiotic have been clinically-studied in heterogenous populations would be both safe and effective for all sexes, Seed has decided to go above and beyond for its customers by customizing probiotic strands for its female and male clients.

There are 16 shared strains between the two products, however the female version contains an additional 8 separate strains whereas the male version contains an additional 4 separate strains.

Let’s take a closer look at the difference between the two products and the purpose of these specific strains.

Female Version Differences

The female version of Daily Synbiotic contains 24 probiotic strains and was designed to enhance skin health and boost the production of folate in women.

The following 8 strains of bacteria are only found in the female version of Daily Synbiotic. Below is a list of the different strains along with their specific purpose in female health.

  • L. crispatus SD-LCR01-IT : Helps to prevent bacterial vaginosis
  • L. fermentum SD-LF8-IT : Increases natural folate production
  • B. adolescentis SD-BA5-IT: Increases natural folate production
  • L. salivarius SD-LS1-IT: Improves dermatological health
  • B. lactis SD-CECT8145-SP: Improves dermatological health
  • B. longum SD-CECT7347-SP: Improves dermatological health
  • L. casei SD-CECT9104-SP: Improves dermatological health
  • L. planatarum SD-LPLDL-UK: Improves cardiovascular health

Male Version Differences

The male version of Daily Synbiotic has 20 probiotic strains and is specifically designed to help men reduce inflammatory processes and improve muscle recovery.

The following 4 strains of bacteria are unique to the male version of this product and target cardiovascular and digestive health issues.

  • Lactobacillus plantarum SD-LDL400-UK: Lowers LDL cholesterol
  • Bifidobacterium longum SD-BL4-IT: Improves cardiovascular health
  • Lactobacillus acidophilus SD-LA2-IT: Aids digestive health and gastrointestinal immunity
  • Streptococcus thermophilus SD-FP4-IT: Aids digestive health and gastrointestinal immunity

Seed Shipping

Seed Synbiotic Review

Seed provides shipping all throughout the world including Asia, Australia / Oceania, North America, South America, the United Kingdom, and Europe.Orders made in the US should arrive within 3-5 business days whereas international orders should arrive 7-14 business days.

Shipping to anywhere in the US is free, whereas international shipping comes with a $10 flat rate. Those who live outside of the US can receive free shipping if they enroll in Seed’s Sustainable Transport Program which involves 90-day refills, billed every 3 months.

Sustainable Packaging

Seed Synbiotic Review

Seed believes firmly believes in the following practices: reduce, re-use, recycle, refill. Each component of its refill system is designed to ensure the viability of its probiotics while being gentle to the earth.

The following components are a part of Seed’s Sustainable Refill System.

Mycelium Tray

Mycelium is the root structure of a mushroom and works like glue in that it binds agricultural waste and transforms it into a positive-impact resource. Mycelium also decomposes naturally in the soil within 30 days. Thus, Seed came up with the perfect way to sustainably package its products and give back to the earth.

Glass Jar

Seed also provides a glass jar to contain its Daily Synbiotic in after your initial purchase. Those who have a subscription will need to keep their initial jar for monthly refills. However, if the jar breaks you can simply contact customer support at Seed for a new jar.

Glass Travel Vial

Seed provides a glass travel vial as the third component to its refill system. The vial contains a one week supply (14 capsules) of Daily Synbiotic to use on-the-go and for travel.

Seed University

Seed offers a free, hour-long course called Seed University through Instagram where social media influencers can obtain education on the science of microbiomes and probiotics as well as how to responsibly endorse Daily Probiotic and the company. The course consists of an orientation, 6 learning units, and a final exam. The curricula is referred to as a “tappable biology course”.

Once social media influencers and Seed members have passed the online course they will receive their own tracking links to promote the brand on social media platforms and other online resources. They will also receive commission through application of the tracking links as well as class receive 100% commission on the first month of a customer’s supplement subscription.

My Experience with Daily Synbiotic by Seed

I decided to try out Seed’s Daily Synbiotic myself to see how it compared to other probiotic products I’ve taken in the past. I was excited to see that this product contained a high variety of Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus strains as well as a unique formulation of non-fermenting prebiotic compounds. I also valued the company’s dedication to remaining environmentally sustainable for all of its clients worldwide.

Packaging

Seed Synbiotic Review

After ordering Daily Synbiotic I received the product within 5 days. My package contained a mushroom-based, compostable tray which held a glass jar for my synbiotic capsules, a glass travel vial, and instructions on how to take the product. I was also given a 30 day refill compostable package.

 

Informational Packet

Seed Synbiotic Review

Rather than just include a short blurb on the label for instructions on how to take the product Seed went all out and provide a full manual on information pertaining to product use, their refill system, a guide to probiotics and prebiotics, and key health benefits.

Sweatshirt and Fanny Pack

Seed Synbiotic Review

Seed also included a bacteria sweatshirt and a science fanny-pack in my package. As someone who wears hoodies 24/7 and rarely carries a purse I appreciated the gifts they threw in!

 

Product Use

Seed Synbiotic Review

For the first 3 days I took 1 capsule daily in the morning before eating breakfast. Starting the 4th day I took 2 capsules daily each morning before eating.

Seed recommended to take Daily Synbiotic before eating since the probiotics in the product are vulnerable to the digestive process and would be affected by exposure to stomach acids and bile salts.

Side Effects

Seed states that some users experience side effects within the first two weeks of taking Daily Synbiotic such as gastrointestinal discomfort, abdominal tightness, mild nausea, changes in stool, or some form of an immediate physiological reaction.

Personally, I did not experience any unwanted side effects or an immediate reaction to the product. However, after taking the product for just a few days  I had less bloating around my abdominal region, felt that I could digest my food much better, and felt better all-around.

Areas of Improvement

While taking Daily Synbiotic I recorded whether or not I noticed any differences in the major areas of health that Seed said their product would greatly improve. The following are the major areas of health as well as my personal results with each.

Gastrointestinal Health

Overall, I thought that Daily Synbiotic improved my gastrointestinal health. I noticed that within a few days I no longer experienced bloating or any gastrointestinal discomfort following eating. Additionally, I felt that I could more easily digest foods that normally give me gastric reflux such as apples, tomato sauce, and nuts. Previous sensitives to certain food and caffeine diminished and I felt much more in control of what I could consume.

Dermatological Health

I didn’t notice much of a difference in terms of dermatological health after taking Daily Probiotic except that my nails appeared to grow longer in a shorter amount of time than usual. However, I’m sure that after taking this product for a few more months it would be easier to tell whether or not I had made progress in this area. I’m interested to see how Daily Synbiotic will improve my hair and skin after using it for the next several months.

Cardiovascular Health

After taking this product for a few weeks I felt that I was able to run, swim, and row longer than before with less effort. My perceived rate of exertion completing certain activities definitely decreased and I found myself able to complete tasks for longer durations of time.

Metabolism and Energy Production

Daily Synbiotic definitely helped with my metabolism as well as my energy production. I felt more energetic throughout the day and I fatigued less easily. I also feel that my metabolism got a much needed boost and that I started to lean out more easily.

Oxidative Stress

I experienced less inflammation as well as a reduction in fatigue after taking Daily Synbiotic. It would take prolonged use of this product before noticing more health benefits in this area but I’m certain that this synbiotic would aid any issue affected by oxidative stress.

Why Daily Synbiotic is Superior

Along with the major health benefits I experienced while taking Daily Synbiotic there are several other reasons why it’s superior to other products on the market.  Here’s what stood out to me the most about Daily Synbiotic.

Strain Diversity

It’s recommended to use a probiotic supplement which contains a minimum of 12 specific strains in order to adequately support proper microbiome balance. Daily Synbiotic gives twice the punch with 24 different strains of probiotics. Most other probiotic supplements commonly found in supermarkets contain as few as 1-3 strands which makes these products much less effective and not specific to aiding certain health issues.

Trademarked Substrains

Other probiotics generally contain generic forms of bacteria or even hide the name of their strains under the label of proprietary blend. Seed clearly lists out all of its specific strains in Daily Synbiotic and even publishes the research conducted on the strains it uses. Trademarked substrains allow users to know that the strains used were reviewed in a professional setting and that they were effective in treatment of certain health issues.

AFUs > CFUs

Most probiotic supplements have their potency measured in CFUs and it is generally recommended to look for products which contain at least 50 billion CFUs. Contrary to the norm, Seed lists the potency of its Daily Synbiotic in AFUs and has a total of 53.6 billion AFUs.

CFUs refer to colony-forming units and indicate how many bacteria in a sample are able to divide and form colonies. Although this is the most common way to the list the concentration of probiotics within a product it’s not always the best measure of product quality. The best probiotic supplements focus on using specific strains which have been thoroughly studied in clinical studies instead of placing a high emphasis on quality.

The use of CFU has been greatly overused to sell products and oftentimes companies boast about billions and billions of CFUs they have when in reality most of these bacterial don’t remain viable following handling, transport, and extended shelf-life.

AFUs on the other hand  refer to Active Fluorescent Units. This measurement of colonies is measured with flow cytometry is able to measure viable cells much more accurately than CFU.

Female/Male-Specific Strains

I appreciate how Seed uses specific strains for improving key areas of health for women and men. Most other probiotics rely on the same generic strands which don’t target sex-specific health issues.

As a woman it’s crucial to use probiotics which promote the growth of good bacteria that ward off yeast infections, urogenital infections, and bacterial vaginosis. Most women will experience issues like these at least once in their lifetime so it’s important to incorporate female-specific probiotic strains on a daily basis in order to remain healthy.

No Refrigeration Required

Most high-quality probiotic products require refrigeration and diligent care. Daily Synbiotic didn’t require refrigeration so I never had to worry about my product going bad and I could store it along with my other daily supplements.

Environmentally-Friendly Packaging

Most other companies use tons of plastic in their containers as well as in packaging which leads to a lot of unnecessary waste. Seed cuts down on its waste production through its refill system and its use of recyclable and compostable materials.

Pros vs. Cons

Pros
  • Female-specific strains

  • Reduced bloating

  • Promoted digestion

Cons
  • Slightly expensive

  • Subscription required

  • Didn’t notice dermatological effects

Final Thoughts on Daily Synbiotic

I strongly recommend taking Daily Synbiotic and hold it in high regard. It’s the best synbiotic I’ve ever taken and it helped me to improve my health as a whole. Although the subscription is slightly expensive I would still prefer taking this product over other probiotics. If you’re looking for a product which combines the best probiotic strains available along with a unique prebiotic formulation Daily Synbiotic is the product for you.

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