About ProbioMune by SmartBiotics
Are you experiencing digestion problems? Interested in taking control of your health?
If so, ProbioMune by SmartBiotics is a dual layer probiotic supplement that replenishes good bacteria in your digestive tract, while “crowding out” non-beneficial bacteria.
This way, you’ll be able to help relieve digestive distress and support essential immune health. All you have to do is take just one veggie capsule of ProbioMune once per day!
Does all of this sound too good to be true? Or, will you really be able to experience all of these benefits by taking SmartBiotics ProbioMune?
It’s important to mention that ProbioMune was a very new product at the time of our research, and there wasn’t a whole lot if information to go on. But the good news is that the HighYa team has a lot of experience with probiotic supplements—as well as the company behind ProbioMune—which is what we’ll discuss here (as time goes on and more information becomes available, we’ll be sure to update).
What is a Probiotic? Will It Boost Digestive & Immune Health?
If you’d like a down-to-earth guide about all things probiotics, we’d strongly recommend reading Everything You Wanted To Know About Probiotics, but Didn’t Know To Ask. In the mean time, here’s a quick rundown of the situation:
You know how your doctor sometimes prescribes antibiotics when you’re sick? These drugs are intended to kill certain kinds of bacteria within your body and make you feel good again.
Well, probiotics are the exact opposite of this. These supplements contain live bacteria, usually within a narrow list of species, that when ingested colonize your digestive system (otherwise known as your “gut”) and help provide “relief from diarrheal symptoms, colic in babies, lung infections, ulcerative colitis and irritable bowel syndrome, H pylori and bacterial vaginal infections, and eczema. In fact, regarding Lactobacillus only, a quick search of the National Institutes of Health PubMed will provide you with more than 5,300 clinical studies outlining its effects under a variety of conditions.”
Think this is gross? The reality is that trillions of individual bacteria cells (about 5 pounds worth!) already inhabit your gut, which make up roughly 70% of your immune system. So, it makes sense that by balancing the beneficial bacteria in your gut, you’ll boost your immune system, right? Perhaps not.
This is because, although there is a lot of clinical evidence to support the benefits above, there isn’t enough to say with certainty that probiotics can boost your immune system. Is there some clinical evidence? Yes. Is it enough to consider it a medical fact? No.
Alright, in a nutshell, this is what we know about probiotics. But specifically, what do we know about ProbioMune and the company who makes it?
What We Do (& Don’t) Know About SmartBiotics ProbioMune
As we mentioned at the beginning, ProbioMune was a brand new product at the time of our research, and SmartBiotics was a brand new company, so little information was available. However, we do know that as a company, SmartBiotics appears to be a rebranding of ProbioSlim.
But there are still a whole lot of questions remaining at this point, including:
- From a product (versus company) perspective, is ProbioMune just a rebranded version of ProbioSlim? Or, is it a brand new, completely updated product in its own right?
- What bacteria strains are included in ProbioMune? And how much of each (usually measured in colony-forming units, or CFUs)?
- What does SmartBiotics mean when claiming that ProbioMune is “dual layer”? Does this mean it’s a time release supplement? Or, is this intended to ensure the supplement’s bacteria aren’t killed by stomach acid?
Are customers pleased with the previous ProbioSlim supplement? Here on HighYa, it had an average rating of 2.2. stars based on 264 reader reviews, with most complaints revolving around failure to work (and side effects like digestive upset), high price, and poor customer service (difficulty obtaining refunds and cancelling trials).
Is this what customers are saying about other types of probiotics?
Other Probiotic Supplements On the Market
Probiotics are all the rage nowadays, so it’s difficult to visit just about any grocery store or pharmacy without finding at least a few different supplements. You’ll also find thousands more online, including popular options like Whole Body Keybiotics, Probiotic America, PerfectBiotics, and many more.
If we’re talking about efficacy, it seems like many quality probiotic supplements on the market have helped improve customers’ digestion. On the other hand, the most common side effect is generally digestive upset (a well known side effect from probiotics), which should subside over a couple days as your body adjusts.
So, when it comes down to it, the biggest factor that differentiates probiotic supplements is the companies who make them. Why? Because most probiotics work about the same, but the level of customer service (ease of processing refunds, cancelling free trials and autoship programs, etc.) is what really makes or breaks the overall value.
Speaking of which, is ProbioMune a good value?
Another Unknown: ProbioMune’s Price
Literally the only place with any information about SmartBiotics ProbioMune is on the GNC website, and no pricing information is listed.
We do know that each bottle comes with a 1-month supply (30 capsules), but that’s about it.
If priced similarly to ProbioSlim though ($69.99), ProbioMune will definitely be among the most expensive probiotic supplements on the market.
Now, let’s wrap everything up, shall we?
Should You Spend Money On SmartBiotics ProbioMune?
At this very moment, even if you wanted to purchase a bottle of ProbioMune, you wouldn’t be able to, since SmartBiotics hasn’t made it publically available yet.
But once it becomes available, we’d still recommend 1) speaking with your physician first and 2) exploring all the other probiotics out there (you’re already off to a great start!). Why?
Because the company’s current supplement (ProbioSlim) seems to have a mixed online reputation, and most complaints go beyond the product itself, including high price and poor customer service. And on top of this, there isn’t enough clinical evidence to say with any certainty that probiotics can boost your immune system, as claimed by SmartBiotics, although it certainly could help your digestion.