About Elite Biotics by Digest MD
Formulated with entirely natural, high-quality ingredients, Elite Biotics by Digest MD is a science-backed probiotic supplement that promises to help anyone relieve digestive issues like bloating, indigestion, and gas, regardless of age.
According to the supplement’s website, these ingredients are encapsulated in kosher, allergen-free, vegetarian capsules in US-based facilities, so you won’t have to worry about any dietary restrictions. Also, that their probiotic strains are flash-frozen, so they’ll remain fresh and effective without refrigeration.
The manufacturer recommends taking one capsule of Elite Biotics once per day, with or without a meal. They also emphasize that, if taken regularly, most customers start experiencing benefits within 30-60 days, with maximum results after eight weeks.
Does Elite Biotics by Digest MD represent a revolutionary breakthrough, as claimed on the supplement's website? How does it stack up against the competition and how can you decide which option is right for you?
We’ll start with the basics to ensure everyone’s on a level playing field. Then, we’ll dive into Elite Biotics’ specific claims.
What Does Science Have to Say About Probiotics?
Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that live in our digestive tract—or gut—and help us digest food, absorb the nutrients it contains, reject potentially harmful organisms, and contribute to improved overall biological stability.
When we don’t eat right (like all the sugar Americans consume, as mentioned in the Elite Biotics promotional video), don’t get enough exercise, submit ourselves to excessive stress, or take antibiotics or otherwise experience illness, however, the bad bacteria in our gut can outnumber the good ones.
As a result of this imbalance, we can experience side effects like general digestion problems (constipation, gassiness, bloating, etc.) and poor immune response.
Fortunately, as we discuss in Probiotics 101, these beneficial bacteria have been isolated and reintroduced into peoples’ bodies for decades, since their supplementation has been clinically shown to address digestive, immune, and many general health concerns in most patients.
Let’s talk more about exactly which bacteria strains you’ll find in Elite Biotics.
Which Bacteria Strains & Ingredients Does Elite Biotics Contain?
The label on Digest MD’s website indicates that Elite Biotics contains 25 billion colony-forming units (individual bacteria cells) of the following strains, in addition to other ingredients like:
- Lactobacillus salivarius Ls-33
- Lactobacillus rhamnosus Lr-32
- Lactobacillus bulgaricus Lb-87
- Lactobacillus reuteri
- Lactobacillus fermentum
- Lactobacillus plantarum Lp-115
- Lactobacillus casei Lc-11
- Lactobacillus acidophilus
- Lactobacillus gasseri Lg-36
- Lactobacillus paracasei Lpc-37
- Lactobacillus brevis Lbr-35
- Saccharomyces boulardii
- Lactobacillus helveticus Rosell-52
- Bifidobacterium infantis Bi-26
- Streptococcus thermophilus St-21
- Bifidobacterium lactis Bl-04
- Bifidobacterium longum Bl-05
- Bifidobacterium bifidum Bb-06
- Bifidobacterium animalis
- Bifidobacterium breve Bb-03
- Prebiotics Proprietary Blend 200mg: Inulin (Chicory Root Extract), Fructooligosaccharides
There are obviously a lot of strains here, so we won’t bore you to tears by discussing the specific benefits of each one, since most share many of the same core advantages.
In a nutshell, the Lactobacillus genus (similar to a family) is one of the most common found in probiotic supplements, since most of its strains have been shown to address gut-related issues like diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), weakened immune function, and H. pylori infections, as well as for reducing other harmful microorganisms.
Bifidobacteria is another popular genus, whose strains have been clinically shown to provide similar benefits, like reducing constipation and microbial counts, addressing diarrhea, reducing necrotizing enterocolitis in infants and children, and helping with symptoms of IBS.
WebMD indicates that Saccharomyces boulardii might also help relieve symptoms related to diarrhea (as might Streptococcus thermophilus), acne, and H. pylori infection.
Finally, the inulin and fructooligosaccharides found in Elite Biotics act as food sources, helping the bacteria it contains to quickly thrive after reaching your digestive tract.
Could Elite Biotics Cause Side Effects?
Side effects related to probiotics—if any—are often mild and don’t last more than two to three days as your gut rebalances itself. These typically represent many of the symptoms probiotics promise to address in the first place, including bloating, gassiness, and general digestive distress.
Regardless, you should always speak with your doctor before trying any new supplement, whether a probiotic or otherwise.
How Much Does Elite Biotics Cost?
At the time of our research, how much you paid per bottle wholly depended on where you purchased Elite Biotics.
On their FiveFatalFoods.com site, the supplement was priced at:
- 1 Bottle: $39
- 3 Bottles: $99 ($33 per bottle)
- 6 Bottles: $179 ($29.83 per bottle)
However, on their main Digest MD website, prices were much higher:
- 1 Bottle: $67
- 3 Bottles: $178 ($59.33 per bottle)
- 6 Bottles: $329 ($54.83 per bottle)
Regardless of which site you choose to purchase through, Elite Biotics comes with a 90-day refund policy, less S&H. In order to request one, Digest MD’s customer service department can be reached at (855) 217-6916 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are There Any Online Customer Reviews For Elite Biotics by Digest MD?
While we didn’t find any direct customer feedback about Elite Biotics on third-party websites, the probiotic supplement had five reviews on Digest MD’s website, all of which deliver five-star ratings.
There, most compliments referenced effective results, such as reduced bloating, improved immune function, increased energy, and reduced junk food cravings.
As a company, Sheridan, WY-based Digest MD held a B+ Better Business Bureau rating and one closed complaint as of 8/22/17. There, the customer complained about difficulty reaching support, although a company representative responded with a quick resolution.
Who Is Nina Koduru, MD?
According to her bio on the Elite Biotics website, Dr. Nina Koduru studied Internal Medicine at the USC Medical Center and Nuclear Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. Currently, she practices internal medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.
We're also told that she's licensed by the Medical Board in both New York State and California, and works as head of nutrition at Digest MD.
Despite this, Dr. Koduru didn’t have a robust online presence at the time of our research. In fact, outside of sites directly related to Digest MD, we only found her mentioned in one The Cut article regarding NY Fashion Week.
Elite Biotics vs. Biotic 365 & Other Probiotic Supplements
Between 2010 and 2014, Statista.com (paid subscription required) reports that probiotic sales increased by 35 percent to rake in more than $31 billion. And to meet this demand, thousands of different probiotic formulations have entered the market, priced anywhere between $5 and $80+.
This means that Elite Biotics’ price falls somewhere near the middle. But does this also mean that you should go ahead and place your order?
First, it’s important to point out that Elite Biotics’ formulation is essentially identical to Biotic 365, as well as a couple of other supplements named Probiotic-10 and PROLACTON. The only difference is that Elite replaced the Enterococcus faecium strain found in Biotic 365 with Lactobacillus helveticus.
These supplements were also priced similarly at the time of our research, and what you’d pay largely depended on which site you purchased from. However, these supplements appeared to be manufactured by two different companies, and we weren’t able to verify any formal relationship between them using online sources.
Whether close competitors like Elite Biotics and Biotic 365, or other formulations that feature different strains and CFU counts, what’s the best way to choose the right one for you?
In A Guide to Buying Quality Probiotics, we recommend asking the following questions during your search:
- Does the manufacturer provide a complete list of probiotic strains, including CFU count?
- Other than the probiotic strains (and perhaps prebiotics), are there a bunch of other ingredients contained in the formula?
- Is it priced relatively in line with the competition? Are there mandatory free trials or autoship program enrollment?
- Is the supplement well-known, with lots of online customer feedback?
- What about the manufacturer? Do they have a standalone website, or are they basically anonymous? Do they have a listing with the BBB?
Our Final Thought About Elite Biotics by Digest MD
Based on our research writing articles about dozens of probiotic supplements, it appears that Elite Biotics has several things going for it: It’s competitively priced, doesn’t come attached to a trial or recurring shipping program, provides a clear label of all bacteria species and total CFU, and comes from a company that seems to have a mostly positive—if limited—online reputation.
On the other hand, we found it curious that Elite Biotics’ formulation was almost identical to Elite 365’s. And outside of the company’s website, we didn’t encounter any customer feedback for the supplement, so we can’t know yet what other customers are experiencing.
In the end, you won’t pay any shipping on your original order and the supplement comes with a 90-day refund policy, so you might not be out more than return S&H fees if you give it a try and are dissatisfied.
If you’re going to place an order, though, we might recommend doing so through the FiveFatalFoods website, since Elite’s per-bottle price was meaningfully lower there at the time of our research.
3 out 3 people found this review helpful
One week in
I've been taking this supplement for one week now. I wanted to try it in hopes of getting rid of gas and bloating. I exercise every day and have for well over a year. My metabolism was good prior to taking this product, and my blood pressure was in normal range.
Within three days of taking this product, my blood pressure showed elevation and has remained elevated (under the hypertension range but higher than it should be), I've had headaches every other day, and my metabolism has been negatively impacted. Also, my bathroom habits have gone from two a day to one and sometimes none. I have not changed my eating habits. I have not noticed any change in my stomach gas/bloating, but am not sure I should after just one week. Hats off to the customer who claimed to have noticed big differences in her initial use.
I am communicating with my doctor currently to decide about continued use. Medically speaking, scientists have encouraged probiotics/prebiotics and their effects on blood pressure and overall gut health. We'll see.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend
3 out 4 people found this review helpful
They actually work
My husband and I happened upon an online recording. Pretty much thought, "This is click bait." I mean it was, but we listened and decided at the end of it to take a chance. We figured if we lost some money we did, but if it turned out to be good stuff, then we wouldn't regret clicking.
We ordered 9 bottles. Yep, talk about taking a chance. I have been taking 1 capsule every morning before I eat for a week and a half now, and today I woke up and didn't need coffee. I am a coffee addict so this is weird for me. I felt like I woke up easier and had energy. I can tell I'm not as puffy. My stomach is literally not as popped out. I'm actually really shocked that I am noticing this stuff after such a short time.
I also am not craving sugar. I tried to eat a small amount of ice cream and a gluten-free brownie, and I could barely take 2 bites, and it was just too rich and sugary for me.
Today is also the first day I haven't had to take Zantac for heartburn in a while. A long while. This stuff is legit and really does work. I got a great deal on 9 bottles, but I saw how expensive just one bottle is normally, so I don't know what I'll do when we run out. I can't afford them at the price they are.
I've tried probiotics before, and they never did what this stuff is doing.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
7 out 7 people found this review helpful
Too early to comment on the product itself, but customer service sucks.
We ordered six bottles at $99.00, but were sent two orders of six bottles and charged $198. It came without an invoice.
I called customer service to complain. However, customer service stated that it was my fault and would not pay for return shipping. I asked for an invoice so I could place it in the return package. They advise they would email it. They never sent the invoice.
I returned the six bottles and days later received an email that they had credited my charge card. I contacted my card company, and they advised of no such credit. I asked my card company dispute the charges and my account was credited. I will never do business with them again.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend