Perfect Biotics from Probiotic America is a supplement containing living microorganisms (aka probiotics) that they say will rebalance your gut and give you better overall health. Perfect Biotics promises their probiotic product contains 30 billion CFUs of beneficial bacteria that will relief discomfort and bloating, alleviate indigestion, and replenish your microflora so you feel great inside and out.
What are probiotics?
Probiotics are microscopic bacteria that are purposely ingested with the intention of interacting with your digestive system. Our intestines are filled with more than 500 different types of bacteria, but don’t get freaked out: this is perfectly normal. Basically there are “good” bacteria and “bad” bacteria (though we need them both). It is thought that when the bad outnumber the good, certain health issues can arise that can cause infections or inflammation.
Probiotics are thought to increase the good bacteria, decrease the bad, or restore balance of good and bad, so that digestive health is returned. While there are many different sub strains (Perfect Biotics is said to have 15), the main ones are Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium.
Although supplements containing probiotics is a relatively new phenomena, you’ve likely been ingesting them for years – they are in yogurt, cheeses, sauerkraut, pickles, and any other fermented foods.
What’s the science behind probiotics?
Although companies like Perfect Biotics tout the many benefits of taking probiotics, scientists and health experts are mostly on the fence as to whether they actually work.
So far the only conclusive evidence is that taking a probiotic can help with childhood diarrhea. There is some research that shows probiotics can help lower blood pressure, lower HDL cholesterol, and help treat infections including yeast infections. Other uses include treating skin conditions like eczema, Crohn’s disease, and some claim it can even cure the common cold.
However, some experts feel that the problem with taking probiotics is that most are destroyed by stomach acids and then have to compete with already existing bacteria. (To counter this, Perfect Biotics states their probiotics are resistant to acid and bile.)
In addition, according to an interview with Stefano Guandalini, MD, Section Chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition and Medical Director of the Celiac Disease Center at the University of Chicago in Science Life, there is a very short list of specific probiotic strains of bacteria that have gone through rigorous clinical trials and reproduced by others (and Perfect Biotics is not on this list). While he cautions that the study of probiotics is still in its infancy, he considers it “the medicine of the future.”
How much is a bottle of Perfect Biotics?
Perfect Biotics has 3 separate offers:
- 1 bottle Perfect Biotics = $44.90 ($39.95 plus $4.95 shipping)
- 3 bottles Perfect Biotics = $101.87 (free shipping)
- 6 bottles Perfect Biotics = $189.36 (free shipping)
Perfect Biotics Refund Information and Guarantee
Probiotic America customer service: (866) 803-9895
Probiotic America offers a 90-day money back guarantee for Perfect Biotics. If you aren’t thrilled with the results, they say if you return the empty bottles they will give you a full refund.
Probiotic America also has language in their Terms and Conditions about an autoship program but no information about such a program during the checkout or on the product pages. When we spoke to a customer service representative they insisted that all re-orders must be done over the phone or via the website.
Bottom Line: is Perfect Biotics the “perfect” probiotic to make or keep me healthy?
As we discussed earlier, there is some promising potential for probiotics that some hail as the future of medicine. But the study and use of probiotics is still in its infancy – scientists don’t yet understand how, why, or really if taking probiotics can affect many conditions or keep you healthy. Right now, the only conclusive proof is that probiotics can help you if you have diarrhea… or is it just the placebo effect? And there is little evidence that a healthy person taking probiotics will receive any added benefit.
Another thing to consider are the head-spinning number of probiotics in the marketplace. “As a consumer, it’s almost impossible to figure out what is best. What are the specific species in your intestines, and how will what you take compete with them?” remarked Robert Dunn, a biologist at North Carolina State University in The New York Times in an article about probiotics. Indeed, the American Gastroenterological Society recommends avoiding buying probiotics online and sticking only with established brands.
And while Probiotic America insists that their product is independently tested to ensure it contains live cultures, when we called to ask the name of this testing company, we were told it was confidential.
Because of these reasons, we do not recommend purchasing Perfect Biotics.
Further Information on Probiotics
If the concept of probiotics intrigues you, we suggest checking out probiotics.org, a website run by a physicist who claims to have spent over 1000 hours researching the different probiotics in the marketplace and following the latest developments in the science. He says he is thankful for probiotics, which have helped him with his digestive problems.
To help consumers, he has created a Probiotics Buying Guide (a free download with your email address) as well as his recommendation for the Top 10 Probiotic Brands. (Perfect Biotics and Probiotic America is not on this list.)
On the other side of the fence is this 7-part report on The Nibble about probiotics where the author concludes that taking large quantities of them for health reasons doesn’t make sense because it is still unproven science, and all claims manufacturers make should be taken with a grain of salt. (Or perhaps, a spoon of yogurt.)
Let us know your experience with Perfect Biotics below!