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Probiotics Articles

Primal Defense – A revolutionary whole food probiotic
- Ian Middleton

Many probiotics simply contain the bacteria, vitamins, enzymes and amino acids derived from the food in which they are grown. Primal Defense is different because it contains a unique whole food blend grown using Garden of Life’s uniquely developed Homeostatic Soil Organisms (HSOs), which are completely free of herbicides and pesticides. In the olden days all our food was grown this way, but modern farming and manufacturing techniques have depleted our nutrient-rich soil and the food that is grown from it. HSOs are Garden of life’s particular blend of 12 strains of friendly bacteria.

The multiple strains of bacteria used are tough, hardy and able to withstand the harshest stomach acids, and can thrive in the most robust digestive systems. The manufacturer has designed its own specialized fermentation process known as Poten-zyme, in which selected ingredients are manufactured. This process is designed to make the product’s nutrients more available to the body.

The benefits of HSOs
HSOs affect the whole digestive system. They can help flush out waste and extricate decay that has accumulated along the walls of the intestines, forcefully consume bad yeasts, bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi that lurk in our digestive tracts, bolster the immune system to produce more generic antibodies (like an army of soldiers waiting in defense against any malevolent invaders), and work symbiotically with somatic cells in order to make sure that proteins are metabolized and all toxic waste is driven out of the body. And last but not least, HSOs encourage the body to produce natural alpha-interferon, which is a powerful augmenter for the immune system and inhibitor of viruses.

What’s in it?
There are two versions of the product: Primal Defense, and Primal Defense Ultra. The former contains 12 strains of bacteria, where the latter contains 13 strains. Primal Defense Ultra is much more powerful. The strains are as follows:

  1. Lactobacillus brevis
  2. Lactobacillus paracasei
  3. Lactobacillus casei
  4. Lactobacillus plantarum
  5. Lactobacillus salivarius
  6. Lactobacillus acidophilus
  7. Lactobacillus rhamnosus
  8. Bacillus subtillis
  9. Bifidobacterium lactis
  10. Bifidobacterium bifidum
  11. Bifidobacterium breve
  12. Bifidobacterium longum
  13. Saccharomyces boulardii (only in Primal Defense Ultra)

The extra strain in the Ultra version is believed to nourish intestinal mucous cells, which support the protective properties of the intestinal epithelium. This is the body’s first line of defense against harmful bacteria and so it goes without saying that enhancing this can improve your chances of fighting off infection dramatically.

How does it come?
These strains of bacteria are made dormant using the company’s Microflora Delivery System and encapsulated using Ultrazorbe, which are 100% easily dissolvable vegetable capsules designed to ensure potency. The bacteria are then activated by our bodily fluids upon entry into our GI tract, where they multiply and flourish. Because these strains are hardy they easily embed themselves into the intestine walls and get to work.

What’s different about it?
Quite simply, much of today’s food is devoid of many nutrients due to pasteurizing and processing. The soil in which it’s grown is now heavily depleted of nutrients, and also contains harmful pesticides, chemicals and harmful bacteria. The whole food in Primal Defense is organically grown in HSOs.

HSOs have been used for over 20 years. They are rich in nutrients, naturally occurring and not mutated in any way whatsoever. Therefore they are identical to the original cultures found in unpolluted plants and soil.

Many good bacteria are destroyed by stomach acids before they reach the GI tract, but Primal Defense’s Microflora Delivery System delivers the friendly bacteria safely into the digestive tract where the hardy strains can securely seat themselves into the intestine walls and get straight to work. Because the probiotics are contained within the whole food, rather than extracted from it like other products, they remain dormant in their natural environment until they reach their destination.

Garden of Life also assert that none of their Primal Defense capsules contain FOS (fructooligosaccharides) which is a form of sugar that is indigestible and known to cause digestive problems in some people.


Form: Ultrazorbe (highly soluble) 100% vegetable capsules and powder. Capsules contain no fillers or binding agents.

Strains: 12 strains (13 strains in the Ultra version)

Directions: 1 capsule or one scoop of powder per day (slowly raise to 1 capsule or scoop 3 times per day) with 8oz of juice or water on an empty stomach.

Storage: Although the bacteria are dormant, they are not freeze-dried therefore no refrigeration is required. You can store Primal Defense at room temperature.

Used for: General digestive health, enhanced nutrient absorption and boosting immunity.


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