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Is it true that the Bacillus Strains in Perfect Pass Probiotics get through the stomach acid 100% of the time? If so, how does that happen?

Yes, its absolutely correct to say that the bacillus strains in Perfect Pass Probiotics get through the stomach acid 100% of the time ….and is not affected by bile acids either.The reason for this is because bacillus strains of probiotics are contained in an endospore which is not affected by stomach acid. It protects the bacillus strains and only opens once the endospore reaches the lower digestive tract, which is where they are most effective in flourishing and so help to ‘weed out’ the bad bacteria and strengthen digestive function.

Can the probiotic be taken indefinitely or only for short periods of time?
Yes, it can and should be taken indefinitely as we are constantly assaulting our gut so we need the spores to go in there and fix things.

What’s your suggestion for long term use, both for chronic, ill people and preventive?
For people that feel good and want to go maintenance, they can use it 3-4 times per week instead of 7. With health challenges, daily use is safe.

Do you have any recent studies?
We have a number of lab studies and human clinicals coming out on our strains. One is a leaky gut study. Our product so far is showing great promise in resolving leaky gut. We will also have some studies on our strains attacking bad bacteria, helping the good bacteria grow, etc.

Perfect Pass Probiotics FAQs

Perfect Pass Probiotics Comparison and Uses


What’s the difference Between Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics Professional and Original Formulas?

The Professional Formula has been fermented for 5 years in comparison to the Original Formula that has been fermented for 3 years. The longer the fermentation, the more potent the formula is. They have found that in the Professional Formula, on colonization, the LAB strains will double themselves every 30 minutes for the first 8 hours.

The ingredients are identical in both Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics Original Formula and the Professional Formula. However, during the fifth year of processing the formula is modified to provide organic acids that are more robust than those contained in the Original Formula.

These more robust organic acids help change the pH of the colon. This allows for greater cohesion and proliferation of the lactic acid bacteria strains.

People who have a severely compromised immune system, or any type of digestive conditions for that matter, get great benefit. Their condition is known as Dysbiosis, which entails an imbalance of micro-flora as well as an imbalance of the pH of the colon. Dysbiosis is associated with too few colonies of friendly flora and organic acids.

Why are Dr Ohhira’s Probiotics considered Whole Food Supplements?


Is Perfect Pass Prebiotic starch?

Perfect Pass Prebiotic is soluble fiber. Soluble fiber is found in foods that we think of as “starches”. But soluble fiber itself differs from starch as the chemical bonds that join it’s individual sugar units can’t be digested by enzymes in the human digestive tract. In other words, soluble fiber has no calories because it passes through the body intact.

When is best to take PREbiotics?

Prebiotics are best taken in a glass of room temperature water with food.

Can I take Prebiotics and Probiotics at the same time?

Yes you can take both at the same time.

Can I take Prefect Pass Probiotic while I am taking Dr Ohhira’s Probiotics or VSL#3?

Yes you can take Perfect Pass Probiotic with either Dr Ohhira’s Probiotics or VSL#3

I read that you can take Perfect Pass PREbiotics to help with diarrhea or with constipation. Is that true?

Yes, Perfect Pass Prebiotics have research to show that they help to regulate both diarrhea and constipation.

Can I take too much Perfect Pass Prebiotic?

Perfect Pass Prebiotic is soluble fiber. Its a food. As long as you’re taking it with lots of water, you can take large amounts without any ill effects.

Why is Perfect Pass Prebiotic better than other prebiotics on the market?

Its odorless, tasteless and so easy to mix in water and take daily. That’s the ideal fertilizer, the food that’s used to grow your good bacteria so it continues to repopulate in your gut.
This particular prebiotic made from PHGG is superior to the others on the market as it ferments slowly and so doesn’t cause any side effects.
We suggest to start slowly, even only using  1 teaspoon in water and increase to 1 scoop 2 times daily, as the recommended dosage.

Can I ingest Guar Gum instead of taking Perfect Pass Prebiotics?

No , it does not have the same effects. The starting material in the production of Perfect Pass Prebiotic PHGG guar gum (Partially hydrolyzed guar gum) is food-grade guar gum, however, Perfect Pass Prebiotic PHGG guar gum goes through an enzymatic hydrolysis process. The enzymatic hydrolysis of guar gum cleaves the main mannan. The effect is not the same as eating the raw Guar Gum


How long does it take VSL#3 to work?

Generally speaking, VSL#3 literature indicates that it takes up to 1 week to become established in the digestive tract. A study shows that that the maximum bacterial colonization occurs withing 20 days. This high level maintains stable as long as you continue to take VSL#3 daily. After daily intake is interrupted, the strains of VSL#3 are able to survive in the gut for up to 3 weeks.

Is it best to take VSL#3 Probiotics first thing in the morning on an empty stomach?

It’s best to take VSL#3 with food.


Why are Dr Ohhira’s Probiotics considered Whole Food Supplements?


Does Visbiome contain Stearates?

Visbiome comes in four different formulations with a variety of options to choose from.
1) Visbiome Capsules,
2) Visbiome Regular (packets of powder)
3) Visbiome Unflavored (packets of powder) and
4) Visbiome Extra Strength (packets of powder).

Three of the formulations do not contain stearates,
1) Visbiome Regular,
2) Visbiome Unflavored, and
3) Visbiome Extra Strength.

Only the Visbiome Capsule formulation contains magnesium stearate and stearic acid.

What’s the Difference between Visbiome and VSL#3?

Visbiome formulation is the same as VSL#3 prior to January 31, 2016.

VSL3 after January is dairy free and has the same strains.

Visbiome is available in unflavored and flavored packets. VSL3 is only available in unflavored packets.

VSL contains corn starch in the capsules and the packets.


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