More about Symprove

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Why Choose Symprove?

Symprove has a Unique Delivery System (UDS™) which supports and protects the live, ready-to-work bacteria from the acidic conditions in the gastrointestinal tract. It is the only probiotic with this type of delivery system. Dairy products containing bacteria are challenged by the pH levels in the GI tract. The manufacturing process for freeze-dried products also places the live bacteria under extreme conditions - something these sensitive microorganisms do not enjoy - as this alters the structure of the bacteria. As a consequence, many of the bacteria are harmed or destroyed during the manufacturing process.

Who should Drink Symprove?

People who have the right balance of bacteria in their gut, and people who want to have and keep a healthy balance of bacteria in their gut. Symprove is totally different to any other multi-strain bacteria product due to the unique way that Symprove delivers live, activated bacteria. It is important to understand, however, that Symprove is not a medicine but a food supplement and should be taken in addition to a balanced diet. If you are in any doubt about whether to include a food supplement in your diet, you should discuss this with your doctor or other appropriate healthcare professional.

Symprove TummyIs there any Research into Symprove?

Symprove has a strong Research & Development Programme and is constantly improving its products. Symprove is researching two main areas. Firstly, the effectiveness of the delivery system, where we work extensively with independent laboratories and Healthcare Professionals to make sure our delivery system is as good as it can possibly be. In fact, breakthrough independent research by University College London (UCL), where they tested mainstream probiotics on sale in the UK, shows that Symprove is the only product they tested that could meet all three challenges of being able to arrive, survive, thrive and colonise in the gut.

Secondly, for over 10 years, Symprove have invested heavily into research with leading independent Health professionals to demonstrate the effectiveness of Symprove.

Is Symprove available on Prescription?

As a uniquely effective food rather than a medicine, although it brings benefits to our customers, Symprove is not yet available on prescription. The manufacturers are in the process of planning this for the future, but this will still take some time.

How do I use Symprove?

Simply fill the small cup provided with your bottle of Symprove and take every morning on an empty stomach. Wait 10 minutes before eating or drinking then continue with your day as usual. By making this one small change, you will see a big difference! 

SymproveHow long do I need to use Symprove?

The Symprove 12 week programme has been designed to help support balanced gut bacteria. Many of our customers continue to take Symprove daily as a maintenance approach.

How should I look after Symprove?

Before opening, Symprove should be stored in a cool dark place. After opening, Symprove should be kept in the fridge to ensure the live and active bacteria are kept in optimum conditions. Symprove should never be frozen or heated as this would kill the bacteria.

Do I take Symprove with Food or other things?

We recommend you take Symprove first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach, before breakfast. You should wait 10 minutes before eating and drinking tea or coffee (warm drinks), to allow the Symprove the best chance of reaching your gut quickly and begin colonising. If you do eat immediately afterwards or drink Symprove with food, it won't do you any harm, it may slow down the delivery of Symprove. If you forget to take Symprove first thing and have eaten, allow 2 hours after eating and then take Symprove.

Person with MicroscopeShould I take Symprove following Antibiotics?

Yes, it's always helpful to top up your gut after antibiotic treatment to maintain balance in the gut. Whilst antibiotics usually help to get on top of illness, they can also destroy the ‘beneficial’ bacteria in the gut as they are not discriminating.

Can I take Symprove during a course of Antibiotics?

You can continue to drink Symprove whilst taking antibiotics, as this may help to maintain your balance of bacteria.

What is the 12-week Offer?

If you commit to taking Symprove for 12 weeks, then Simply Sunshine will commit to supporting you through the journey back to a healthy balance of gut bacteria. If you purchase 8 weeks, we will give you the last 4 weeks at no extra cost. You can either buy the whole course of 12 weeks in one go for the price of 8, or you can buy the 8 week course + an small admin fee, and reserve your final 4 weeks until you contact us for it.  This could be useful if you are worried about expiry dates or you feel there is a reason you might not complete the course in the normal specified time.

How does the 12-week Programme work?

During the 12 week programme, you should take 1 full cup of Symprove every morning. Once you have completed the course, you are ready to move to the Maintenance phase. You then can reduce the amount taken according to your needs. Everyone is different so it’s important for you to establish what your individual needs are but as a guide, we recommend reducing the amount down by half for a few weeks then decide how balanced you feel your gut bacteria are. 

CentrifugeWhat happens if I miss a Period of Time taking my daily dose?

There would be no harm suffered by missing a day or two of Symprove, but the beneficial effect relies on continued use for a 12 week period to rebalance the system. It is likely that if Symprove is stopped for more than a few days, then it may be sensible to restart the programme.

Why 12 weeks?

This is what has been clinically proven by the NHS at King’s College, London. They understand that it takes time to develop a stable balance and chose 12 weeks as a key part of their trial design. 

Should I continue to take Symprove after 12 weeks?

Yes, you can continue to drink Symprove to supplement your bacteria balance. Many of our customers continue with a maintenance dose and people adjust the amount to suit their own circumstances and lifestyle.

What difference might I see over the 12 weeks ?

People experience a wide range of challenges when their gut bacteria is unbalanced. As everyone is unique, they may react differently when taking Symprove so it is difficult to be precise about your 12 week journey. However, overall, customer feedback and our research has shown there are a few key stages in the 12 week journey. In the first few weeks, some may notice a significant improvement in their balance of gut bacteria as Symprove gets to work. Some people may experience some up’s and down’s during this period but that is perfectly normal, so don’t be alarmed and continue to take Symprove daily. In the following weeks, there should be an increase in stability as the balance is fully established. It is important to take Symprove for the full 12 weeks in order to experience the best results from a healthy balance of gut bacteria. 

DoctorWho makes Symprove?

Symprove is made by Symprove Holdings Ltd. The Founding Team have over 25 years' experience of making live culture products. All the ingredients in Symprove are sourced and produced in Great Britain.

What quality controls are in place?

Symprove pride themselves on offering a high quality product. The production process is run to full food standards and each batch of Symprove is independently tested by an external certified laboratory to check that it reaches the stated quality and purity. Symprove is also a ISO9001:2008 certified company. On top of this, our products are constantly under scrutiny within our Research & Development Programme.

How is Symprove made?

Symprove is made in a controlled environment through a series of carefully controlled stages. First we boil specially selected grain to create a wort. The wort is purified and sterilised and following this, the temperature is controlled in sterilised vats and the 4 strains of bacteria are carefully introduced. The live bacteria begin to divide and once the required levels are reached, the process is halted and Symprove is ready for bottling once it's been tested by an independent laboratory. Throughout every stage, the bacteria are carefully nurtured as they are living organisms. The bacteria we use are high purity laboratory cultures which are unique to Symprove.

Why do they use the bacteria they use?

The bacterial formulation was collated over 20 years ago, in order to preserve and enhance germinated grain as a high quality food stuff for livestock. The bacteria formulation was sourced from the food industry and isolated from the environment around us. The original intent was to use this cocktail for preservation of the germinated grain and it was from this that the health benefits were then observed. On this basis the bacterial formulation has not been changed since, as this would undermine the original observations and measurements. It has now been fed to tens of thousands of animals in numerable species and thousands of people.

Magnifying GlassWhat ingredients are in Symprove?

Ingredients: water, extract of germinated barley, live activatedcultures of: L. rhamnosus, E. faecium, L. acidophilus, and L. plantarum; vitamin C, acidity regulator: trisodium citrate; preservative: potassium sorbate.

Ingredients: water, extract of germinated barley, live activatedcultures of: L. rhamnosus, E. faecium, L. acidophilus, and L. plantarum; vitamin C, acidity regulator: trisodium citrate; preservative: potassium sorbate; natural flavourings, sweetener: sucralose.

Is Symprove a natural product?

Most of the ingredients in Symprove are naturally occurring from the barley we use, to the beneficial bacteria that make it their home. The only additional ingredients are vitamin C, sorbate and trisodium citrate which are found in everyday foods. We also use natural flavours for the mango & passion fruit having carefully tested the stability of the flavoured product before release.

Why do they use an artificial sweetener?

The original product has a unique and yeasty taste, which was not to everyone’s liking. To help palatability, we introduced the Mango and Passion Fruit flavour, which has a tiny amount of artificial sweetener. We did not use sugar, as this would affect the growth of the bacteria.

StethoscopeHow is Symprove delivered?

A 4 week pack will be delivered the next working day. Orders for Maintenance Packs will be delivered within 4 working days. Next day delivery for Maintenance Packs carries a delivery charge of £7.00

Is Symprove available in different flavours?

Symprove is available in 2 flavours – Mango & Passion Fruit is the most popular flavour.

Symprove Original has a distinctive malty flavour.

Is Symprove gluten-free?

Yes, Symprove is gluten-free according to the Codex standard of <20ppm. In order to produce the naturally occurring bacteria in Symprove we use a special substrate to enable and activate the bacteria. During the production process the gluten is broken down (denatured). Symprove meets the CODEX standards and is certified gluten-free.

Can Symprove survive at ambient temperatures?

The bacteria in Symprove easily survive ambient temperatures. Once you open a bottle of Symprove, please pop in the fridge to maximise shelf-life. If you are travelling abroad with Symprove, it can go in the hold of an aeroplane without any problems. If your destination is warm/hot and you do not have access to a fridge, we recommend you fill a sink with cold water and keep your Symprove in it to keep cool. Remember to change the water regularly to try and keep it as cool as you can. We have many cabin crew who take Symprove and this was a top tip from them!

ResearchWhat's the shelf life for Symprove?

Symprove has a shelf-life of 4 months. Please see the use-by date printed on the label. Remember, to pop Symprove in the fridge once open.

Does it work for everyone?

Bacteria balance in the gut is complex and not all of the causes of imbalance are fully understood. Symprove is highly effective, especially if people are also managing their diet and lifestyle to avoid their main triggers. Symprove does give positive benefit to the vast majority but sadly does not work for everyone. It is important that anyone taking Symprove for the first time, uses it for the full 12 weeks to give it the opportunity to work. It may take a few weeks for you to start to feel the effects.

Does Symprove have any down sides?

Occasionally customers (about one in 100 people), have reported a loosening of stools during the first few days of drinking Symprove. This is usually quite normal as it means the bacteria are busy at work!

Can people with allergies drink Symprove?

Symprove is non-dairy and gluten free. It contains no artificial colours or flavours. If you have any questions then you should consult your healthcare practitioner.

What are the health claims for Symprove?

Regulatory law means that probiotics are categorised as food products and cannot make health claims. In addition, it is now no longer permissible to use the word probiotics in consumer marketing materials. Many people believe that taking products which contain live bacteria found naturally in the digestive system, can help their health and maintain balance in the gut. The Internet is a good source to learn more about other peoples' experiences.

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Where can I buy Symprove?

Buy it at Simply Sunshine

Can I take Symprove if I am pregnant or breast feeding?

Please check with your doctor or practitioner before drinking Symprove.

Can I take Symprove and drink alcohol?

Alcohol can have a strong negative effect on your gut bacteria, also with Symprove. We recommend alcohol is avoided for a few hours after taking Symprove.

Can I still take my other supplements?


Can I give Symprove to my children?

Symprove is a food supplement, and therefore does not have the safety issues involved with medicine. We do, however, advise using smaller doses for children, and take advice from your GP if still unsure. 

Does Symprove work with the FODMAP diet?

Many clinicians have used Symprove alongside the FODMAP diet with great results. We would recommend talking to your HCP regarding the two working together. If you want to know more about FODMAP diets, please consult your health care professional, dietitian or nutritional therapist