Recently transitioned to a more plant-based or fully vegan diet and want to make sure you’re taking care of your gut health? Allow us to talk you through the best probiotics for vegans and explain why our aguulp supplements can be the perfect option if you’re on the hunt for non-dairy probiotics…
The lowdown on probiotics
Gut health is all the rage right now, and rightfully so. One way to ensure your gut health is fighting fit is to use probiotic supplements, but what are they?
In short, a probiotic is an external supply of certain types of good bacteria. These good bacteria help to stimulate the gut’s function, and help give it an initial ‘boost’. Probiotics are live bacteria that are introduced to the body for their beneficial qualities. Did you know that 90% of your immune system starts in the gut, for example? While you can use food-form probiotics too for their ability to populate the communities of good bacteria within the digestive tract, probiotics can be taken in supplemental form too, and there are plenty of vegan probiotics out there, so everyone can benefit.
There are different species and strains of probiotic bacteria, which are named by their genus, species, and strain – kind of like a first, middle, and last name. It’s good to aim for a varied combination to support good gut health.
The most commonly used species in gut health supplements, including vegan probiotics, are Bifidobacteria and Lactobacillus.
Bifidobacteria help support the immune system, limit growth of pathogenic bacteria and break down lactose into nutrients the body needs
Lactobacillus helps limit the growth of pathogenic bacteria and produces lactic acid which serves as fuel for muscles and increases the absorption of minerals
Are all probiotics vegan probiotics?
Our aguulp probiotic supplement is a vegan probiotic. Any gut health supplement that’s primarily a probiotic formula will be made from live bacteria, with no other ingredients derived from animal sources in there. However, you should always check the label of the specific product you’re buying to make sure that you’re definitely getting vegan, non-dairy probiotics to avoid any unpleasant surprises!
Probiotics for vegans: food list
Certain live-cultured foods can also provide a source of probiotics for vegans to help look balance your gut microbiome. Some of the tastiest vegan and vegetarian probiotic foods include (spoiler, they’re pickled!):
- Kimchi – a Korean dish of spicy pickled cabbage that packs a nice flavour punch
- Sauerkraut – a German dish of chopped pickled cabbage, which is a less spicy alternative to kimchi
- Kombucha – this is a great swap from a high sugar fizzy drink. Kombucha is a drink produced by fermenting sweet tea with a culture of yeast and bacteria. The small amount of sugar that is added to kombucha for fermentation processes gets broken down, resulting in a low sugar drink full of friendly microbes and organic acids
aguulp vegan probiotics
Our aguulp Gut Probiotic is a vegan probiotic and prebiotic supplement with 50 billion friendly bacteria (you’re very unlikely to find a similar product with this high level – just saying… – meaning it’s one of the best vegan probiotics out there), which is designed to help rebuild your gut health.
- These supplements provide an external supply of certain types of good bacteria – those particularly associated with certain specific health benefits and also which are considered major strains of good bacteria in the body
- Our gut probiotic therefore only directly support the levels of the particular types of good bacteria they provide
- However, they may indirectly support the levels of good bacteria as a whole due to supporting butyrate production (remember, this acts as an energy source for many types of good bacteria)
Our vegan probiotic and prebiotic formula is a daily synbiotic, containing Bifidobacteria Lactobacillus and streptococcus. Streptococcus is good for breaking down food, absorbing nutrients, and supporting the immune system. Most synbiotics contain around 5-6 different strains, but we like to double the chances of amazing benefits, which is why ours contains 10. The more the merrier.
What’s more, our daily synbiotic supplement contains FOS, XOS, and inulin, all of which have been shown to positively impact the good bacteria in the gut and contribute to normal bowel function.
How long should you take vegan probiotics for?
Everybody is different, and some people may find that they feel a beneficial effect within the first few days or weeks. However, the British Society of Gastroenterology has recommended that optimal results will most likely be achieved after 12 weeks of use.
Discover the effects of vegan probiotics for yourself, or shop our full range of gut health supplements. If you have any more questions about taking vegan probiotics, please feel free to get in touch.