I first discovered Symprove when I went for food intolerance testing in 2015. Symprove was recommended to me by my dietician who informed me that it was a gluten and dairy free probiotic which was not yeast based and thus would suit my elimination diet.
After I posted the above blog about food intolerance and shared my success using Symprove, many people began asking me more about it. The lovely people at Symprove have kindly sent me what will be my third maintenance course and I am really looking forward to starting it. This blog post is dedicated to giving you a little bit more detail about Symprove. It is a probiotic I have had great success with.
Where did I get Symprove?
On the recommendation of my dietician, I went in search of Symprove. First stop was their website to read a bit more about it and to look for stockists. At the time, it was going to cost quite a bit extra to have it shipped to me so I was hoping to find a local chemist who would have it. I was disappointed however after ringing a couple of chemists who were supposed to be stockists – they informed me that they had discontinued it due to the short expiration on the packaging (4 months).
Luckily however, I found a chemist very close by who told me that whilst they don’t keep a stock of Symprove in store, they do order it in for any customers who specifically request it – yay! They would order it in for me in four-week batches and said that when I was on my third week I should give them a call to place the order for the following four weeks. In fact, the particular chemist I order my Symprove from often asked me how I was getting on with it and relayed to me that they have heard huge positive feedback from their customers about it and are constantly ordering it in for people now! Perhaps others will follow!
How Much Did It Cost?
Symprove is ideally to be taken as a 12 week course. They offer a deal whereby you get the final 4 weeks free once you have purchased the initial 8 weeks. Because Symprove has a relatively short sell-by date (4 months) to ensure the bacteria are at their strongest, they send you only 4 weeks at a time. Each week’s supply consists of one 500ml bottle. The cost for me was 95 euro for four weeks. The second four week batch would also cost 95 euro but the final batch would be free so essentially it cost 190 euro for the 12 week course – just over 16 euro per week. I have to say that at the time I felt this was really expensive compared to most probiotic supplements but because I was putting so much effort into my strict elimination diet, I decided to go the extra mile and pay for the recommended probiotic supplement too.
When I rang the chemist to order my maintenance course of Symprove a few months after finishing the first 12-week course, the cost of Symprove had gone up slightly, to 105 euro per four-week batch. Again the final four weeks would be free after I had purchased the initial eight. The chemist informed me that the price had increased due to the acquisition of a new supplier. Whilst this was going to be even more expensive, I already knew the benefits Symprove had had for me, having taken it before, so I went ahead and ordered my maintenance dose. For up-to-date pricing contact your local pharmacy or Meaghers’ Online Pharmacy.
Probiotic: Why Symprove?
Symprove is guaranteed gluten and dairy free which makes it ideal for people with Coeliac disease and lactose intolerance, as well as anyone with a food intolerance to gluten, wheat or dairy. It was initially recommended to me because I was trialling an elimination diet and could not have dairy, eggs or yeast. Symprove contains four unique strains of probiotic. Thankfully, there is some very promising research around Symprove. As stated on their website;
“In 2014, Dr Simon Gaisford, University College London, carried out an independent study on 8 leading probiotics. The study subjected the products to three challenge tests to assess if the bacteria arrived in a live state, survived stomach acid transit and thrived in the target area of the gut. Symprove was the ONLY product to pass all three tests.”
I figured that whilst it might be a bit more expensive than some of the other probiotics on the market – at least it had some solid research to back it up – unlike some other expensive probiotic supplements! Every millilitre of Symprove contains about 200 million live, active bacteria. Symprove’s Unique Delivery System (UDS™) ensures it doesn’t trigger digestion in the stomach. So the bacteria are able to “Arrive, Survive and Thrive” in the gut, as their slogan goes. Aside from scientific research, there are also numerous anecdotal accounts of the wonders Symprove has worked for a variety of people – myself included!
Symprove comes in 2 flavours, Original, and Mango and Passion Fruit. After reading about both flavours online from people who had tried them, it seemed the Original flavour wasn’t very palatable so I decided to go with the Mango and Passion Fruit flavour. Thankfully, Symprove is sugar-free and the Mango and Passion Fruit version utilises only natural flavours and a very small amount of sweetener. I would still be keen to try the original flavour in future to see how it compares, and thus avoid the sweetener entirely! I suppose because of the price I was always wary of ordering the original flavour incase I really didn’t like it!
How does one take Symprove?
I had to take Symprove first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach. This was important because it meant that digestion wouldn’t be triggered and therefore more of the live bacteria could reach my gut. I also had to wait ten minutes after taking Symprove before I could eat or drink anything. Once a bottle was opened, it had to be kept in the fridge so I tended to go downstairs first thing in the morning when I woke up, take my shot of Symprove, go back upstairs and get ready for my day before coming downstairs again to have breakfast. I recieved two 60ml shot cups with each of my four-week batches of Symprove so I simply had to fill it to the top and swallow it in order to get my daily dose.
I hope this blog post has covered some of the basics around Symprove and has answered some of the questions you may have had about it. I intend to write another post going into more detail about my experience taking Symprove and how it effected me over the course of the 12 week programme. If you have any questions about Symprove which you would like me to address, please feel free to contact me either through my contact page here or on my social media accounts; Twitter @cleancoconut_ Instagram @cleancoconut_insta or Facebook The Clean Coconut, or simply leave a comment under this post. If you’ve used Symprove yourself I’d love to hear from you about your experience too!
In the meantime, you may wish to visit the Symprove website where they have a comprehensive FAQ section and lots of detail about how their product might help you.
The Clean Coconut x