Developed by an experienced team of medical experts, VivaBiotics claims to be a high-quality probiotic that contains 4 billion colony forming units (CFUs) of beneficial bacteria per serving, which can help naturally balance your digestive system to get rid of symptoms such bloating, stomach aches, nausea, and IBS; to boost your immune system, and to increase your energy.
Once this occurs, VivaBiotics is claimed to help provide you with better health, more energy, a better night’s sleep, and regular bowel movements. As such, VivaBiotics claims to be “the natural way to keep your body fortified and healthy.”
How Does VivaBiotics Claim to Work?
According to the video embedded on the VivaBiotics home page, America has an epidemic on its hands due to a highly toxic chemical “parasite” known as Aspartame, which has made its way into many of the foods we regularly eat. As it builds up in our system, the VivaBiotics website claims that Aspartame can lead to all kinds of negative consequences, including diabetes, Alzheimer's, chronic fatigue, epilepsy, birth defects, and more.
However, VivaBiotics is claimed to address these concerns from the inside out by introducing 4 billion colony forming units (CFUs) of beneficial bacteria into your system per serving, which are claimed to help balance your digestive system, improve your immune system response, stabilize the growth of candida, and much more.
In order to accomplish this, VivaBiotics is claimed to contain the largest concentration of CFUs of any probiotic on the market, featuring a proprietary blend of 14 strains of beneficial bacteria, 4 of which are claimed to specifically fight Candida, including:
- Lactobacillus Acidolphilus DDS-1: 3.2 Billion CFU – One of the most common bacteria strains found in probiotics, VivaBiotics claims it “acts as a shield for your entire body, preventing bad bacteria from overgrowing and penetrating your bloodstream.”
- Lactobacillus Bulgaricus: 400 Million CFU – An adaptable strain of bacteria that can neutralize toxins and grow when it’s needed, and diminish when it’s not.
- Bifidobacterium Bifidum: 200 Million CFU – May help fight allergies, lower your cholesterol, and synthesize B-complex vitamins and vitamin K.
- Streptococcus Thermophilus: 200 Million CFU – Provides numerous benefits, including the production of antibiotics, the prevention of ulcers, and reducing cholesterol.
- Bifidobacterium Lactis – A strain that’s highly resistant to stomach acid, and is claimed to help stimulate your body’s immune response.
- Lactobacillus Plantarum – Claimed to be ideal for the treatment of IBS, colitis, and Crohn’s disease.
- Lactobacillus Rhamnosus – Claimed to be one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory bacteria.
- Lactobacillus Casei – Claimed to protect your digestive system on all levels.
- Lactobacillus Salivarius – Claimed to quickly attack and kill bad bacteria within your gut.
- Lactobacillus Paracasei – An effective strain for treatment of diarrhea due to its ability to reduce intestinal inflammation.
- Bifidobacterium Breve – Aids digestion by supporting the breakdown of food.
- Lactococcus Lactis – Effective for boosting the immune system and relieving symptoms related to certain types of respiratory infections.
- Lactobacillus Brevis – Claimed to treat digestive issues and to provide anti-inflammatory benefits.
- Bifidobacterium Longum – Claimed to help increase energy, reduce digestive upset, and manage your weight.
VivaBiotics claims that their scientifically validated ingredients are resistant to stomach acid, which means that more of the beneficial bacteria make their way to your gut. In addition, unlike some other probiotics, VivaBiotics is claimed to be specifically designed to prevent giving you bad breath.
VivaBiotics is claimed to be manufactured in the USA, to be third-party tested for quality and purity, and to be completely safe, regardless of health, age, or gender. However, keep in mind that VivaBiotics contains milk ingredients, which may present a problem if you’re lactose intolerant.
VivaBiotics should be taken once daily, preferably with a meal. The manufacturer claims that it only takes a few doses of VivaBiotics for you to experience results, although it can take up to 4 weeks for the bacteria to fully balance your system.
VivaBiotics Pricing & Refund Policy
VivaBiotics is only available through the manufacturer, and is priced as follows:
- 1 Bottle (30-day supply): $39.97
- 3 Bottles: $79.92
- 5 Bottles: $119.90
Note: When checking out, there is a “shipping protection” box that will automatically be checked and will charge you $4.99. In order to decline this option and save yourself $5, be sure to uncheck, if you prefer.
VivaBiotics comes with a 60-day refund policy, less S&H charges and a $5 per-bottle restocking fee. In order to initiate the refund process, you’ll need to contact customer service at (800) 580-8254 to obtain an RMA number.
Can VivaBiotics Help Improve Your Health?
Whether or not you decided the sit through the whole 30-minute video, or just read through the text on the VivaBiotics website, you might be alarmed at the “parasite” growing within you, and wonder if this probiotic can help. But can it? Consider the following:
Do Probiotics Such as VivaBiotics Really Work?
As we detailed in our article titled Everything You Wanted to Know About Probiotics, by and large, probiotics have been shown to provide a wide variety of benefits related to digestion, including increased regularity, decreased gas, and reduced bloating. And because about 70% of your immune system is housed in your gut, many users have experienced a boosted immune response as a result.
With this said, there’s nothing indicating that VivaBiotics won’t be able to provide you with many of these same benefits. However, some claims, such as weight loss, are less scientifically validated than others.
Will the Real CFU Please Stand Up?
Despite the fact that probiotics have a strong amount of clinical evidence showing their efficacy, and that VivaBiotics claims to provide the highest number of CFUs of any probiotic on the market, they feature some opposing statements on their website.
For example, in the VivaBiotics FAQ featured underneath the ordering form, the probiotic is claimed to contain 4 billion CFUs, while the text on their home page claims it contains 39 billion CFUs. With this said, there are dozens of probiotic formulations from other manufacturers that meet or exceed the 4 billion CFU mark, so if VivaBiotics really does contain more CFUs that any other brand, we’re guessing the real number is 39 billion.
However, even at 39 billion, a quick internet search will reveal a number of probiotics with 40, 50, and even 70 billion CFUs, which punches a pretty big whole in VivaBiotics’ claim.
Price vs. Value
Speaking of marketing: In light of its high price, after performing an intense amount of research, we’re still uncertain what VivaBiotics provides that other manufacturers don’t. As we’ve seen, other companies offer formulations with higher CFU counts, as well as similar bacteria strains, so there doesn’t appear to be anything substantial that would warrant its higher price (in many instances, as much as 50% higher).
New to The Neighborhood
Often times, it’s possible to uncover what really sets one product apart from another using customer reviews. In the instance of VivaBiotics though, it appears to be a very new product (URL registered April 2014), so there weren’t any online customer reviews available at the time of our research.
Is There Value in Being “Doctor Trusted™?”
Finally, VivaBiotics advertises that it’s “doctor trusted,” and since probiotics are regularly prescribed by doctors for their patients, you may initially think this means that a physician has given VivaBiotics their seal of approval through intense scrutiny and testing.
However, this essentially means that it has been “found to meet the Doctor Trusted code of conduct:”
- Reasonable science-based health claims
- Ethical pricing and billing policy
- Fair return and refund policy
- Passed due diligence check
Although its positive that probiotics such as VivaBiotics have been shown to provide a wide variety of real-world benefits, considering how new the supplement is, its high price when compared to the competition, and some of its questionable claims and marketing tactics, we might recommend visiting your local pharmacy for a large selection of probiotics, many of which will be less expensive than VivaBiotics.