The Wolfe Clinic’s other most popular product, along with Royal Tea. It’s a soil-based probiotic.
What Are Probiotics? Probiotics are naturally occurring bacteria found in our digestive system. They are often ingested when a person eats yogurt, pickles, or even high-quality dark chocolate.
How Do They Work? Probiotics are friendly micro-organisms that help establish the balance of good and bad bacteria in your system.
Benefits of Royal Flora
Have you recently taken antibiotics? Probiotics can help restore the good bacteria that were lost.
Do you suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome, infectious diarrhea, or urinary tract infections? Certain strains of probiotics have demonstrated positive results in treating diarrhea and helping regulate bowel movements, relieving bloating, pain and gas. Others are adept at preventing and fighting off unwelcome bacteria and fungi that cause urinary tract infections.
How is RF different than other probiotics? It’s expensive 🙁
Instead of a more traditional lactic acid-based probiotics such as those found in yogurt and fermented foods, Royal Flora contains soil-based organisms (SBOs). These beneficial SBOs are more stable and better able to survive the acidic environment of the stomach. They are effective colonizers that crowd out pathogens and harmful bacteria in your bowel.
What are Soil-based organisms (SBOs)?
SBOs are naturally consumed when a person eats fresh, organically-grown foods from healthy soil. Unfortunately, today’s modern food processing techniques destroy most of these beneficial organisms.
Reintroducing SBOs into our bodies can help to regulate digestion and boost our immune systems, protecting us from bacterial and fungal infections.
Royal Flora has a lower CFU count than some probiotics at about 28,000,000/g.
However: Soil-based organisms are ‘endospore-forming’ bacteria, which are naturally hardier and better able to withstand the challenging environment of the stomach. They are much more likely to make it to the small intestine intact and need less CFUs to do so. Plus, it eliminates the need for special coatings or manufacturing techniques that are used to deliver lactic acid-based bacteria.
The Royal Flora formula’s efficacy isn’t measured in CFUs. Instead of focusing on the CFU count, we focus on how it repopulates the gut with good bacteria and sustains itself.
- It lives in its own natural food source
- The organisms have a natural symbiotic relationship
- The organisms are viable and know how to communicate to various organs in the body
- It is a natural chelating agent
- The humic/fulvic acids provide essential minerals/trace elements that are building block for the activation of digestive enzymes
What makes a good maintenance dose?
Depends on the user. Tends to be about 1000 – 2000mg daily depending on eating/drinking habits. Less if good habits; more if not so good habits.
Can shipping the RF in super hot weather damage it?
Like all perishable products, for the highest potency, it is best to store at room temperatures. However, the SBOs are extremely hardy and can withstand high temperatures for short periods of 5-7 days without any issue. Prolonged heat for weeks would weaken its potency over time.
From where is the soil used to harvest the SBOs sourced?
It’s a trade secret, but it is mined 6-7000 feet from within a mountain terrain in the US. That’s all we know.
Are they vegan-friendly?
Yes actually. Since they’re soil-based, they don’t contain dairy. And they’re made with veggie caps, not gel caps.
Are they low in histamines?
Yes, in fact, Royal Flora doesn’t contain any histamines as it is not a fermented product. Actually, it will fight to reverse the overgrowth of histamine-producing unfriendly bacteria. Note that, while ramping up, the symptoms may get more intense before getting better.
Is it gluten-free?
Yes, RF is gluten-free. No issue with that at all for 25 plus years.
A soil-based probiotic that contains dairy-based bacteria?
Here is an actual customer question: “I read the description of the product which states that soil-based are better than the dairy-based strains but when I look at your ingredient list, it appears there are only 2 soil-based strains (B. Licheniformis and B. Subtilis), and 5 dairy-based strains (L. Acidophilus, L. Rhamnosus, L. Lactis, L. Plantarum, and L. Casei). I am left confused about the purpose of the dairy strains if they won’t colonize.”
I asked our source of the bulk powder and she said this:
“Good question and very hard to really express given most people understand of Probiotics. After 10 years of dealing with our formula and trying my best to gain a grassroots understanding, I finally have a professor of microbiology who had personally cataloged and defined over 600 bacteria strain….here is how you explain it to me:
…”All of these bacteria strains originated from the soil. Then they are cultured from various different mediums, such as cows’ milk…..she explained that cows do not make lactobacillus. Lactobacillus comes from the soil into the grasses where they graze in the field…”
It is my understanding that when we use the ancient humic/fulvic plant-based materials to host our culture….the first two strains introduced into the medium are the B Subtilis and the B Licheniformis, once those two strains have gone through 8 bell-curve cycles in the culturing process (one after the other,) then the other strains are introduced back into nature (ie…natural culturing medium of humic/fulvic acids) and each of them go through an 8 bell-curve cycle.
The ending result is now all of the strains have regained their strength and together they have recreated the symbiotic relationship that would have been present when they co-existed in nature. And, to ensure the life of the bacteria consortia, they are dehydrated in their natural food source. Our process is kind of like taking a wild animal as a young pet and then having to re-introduce it back into nature.
The 8 bell-curve culturing process we use with the host medium is that re-introduction. Most probiotics, once isolated from their original host are cultured in a dairy-based medium and only go through 1, maybe 2 bell-curves. Not only are they cultured outside of their natural habitat, passed through one bell curve, but finally, they are freeze-dried and removed from their only food source to survive.
I know this is not easy to really clarify. Probiotics is truly a complex subject. In an effort to simplify the understanding for the consumer of what a Probiotic is and why we need them, there is a lot of missing information. I know this personally and have worked in the Probiotics industry for 25 years….and, with all that I have learned, studied, been privileged to hear….it is still a complex subject.”
Jon’s note: I think we’ve got two key points here:
1. All of these bacteria strains originated from the soil. Lactobacillus comes from the soil into the grasses where they graze in the field.
2. The real cutting-edge thing about RF is how the formula is introduced and sustains itself. The 8 bell-curves she kept talking about is how we make that happen. Other probiotics are lower quality and don’t sustain themselves. They’re put into the digestive tract, can’t colonize, and they die because they’ve got nothing to eat, so people keep taking them but it doesn’t do anything.