Trying vegan probiotics

Today I am sharing something a bit different because it's my first review on the Blog.

 

I've been thinking about this product for a while after doing research into plant-based probiotic drinks whilst I was pregnant. This was when I first came across Biomel .

 

I am not a qualified healthcare professional and sharing my own experience, so please check with your health care provider if you're unsure if probiotics could be beneficial for you.

 

What are probiotics?

Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that live in the body and provide several health benefits. They are also present in some foods and supplements.

 

According the the NHS website "There's some evidence that probiotics may be helpful in some cases, such as helping prevent diarrhoea when taking antibiotics, and helping to ease some symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)."

 

One of the most popular dietary sources of probiotics is yogurt but it is not suitable for vegans or those on a dairy free diet. Luckily, there are many other ways for people on a plant-based diet to eat more probiotics.

 

Some dietary sources of vegan probiotics incldude, tempeh, kimichi, saurkraut, kombucha and pickled vegetables but not everyone has the time to make these foods, and some people may not like how they taste. In these cases, supplements may offer an alternative.

 

I normally use a vegan probiotic and prebiotic powder but I ran out a little while ago. I drank Kombucha whilst I was pregnant because I found the coldness and fizz really eased the sicky feeling I had in the first 3 months.

 

Biomel is the first plant-based probiotoc drink I have tried. I tasted the chocolate flavour when I saw them in Sainsbury a few months ago but I'd never tried any of the other flavours until now.

 

Who are Biomel?

They are "a small team of foodies driven by the belief that small improvements to your diet can have a profound impact on your quality of life." 

 

They make dairy free probiotic drinks using a blend of dairy-free milks, vitamins, minerals and billions of live active cultures. 

 

Their philosophy really appealed to me because it's essentially what my Blog and other social media is all about, making small changes over time to be your healthiest and happiest self.

 

As someone who's srtuggled with various stomach and gut issues, including IBS, for over 8 years, I've become very aware of the importance of taking care of my gut. "Your gut is at the heart of your health, it impacts your mood, immune system and digestion. Helping the good bacteria in your gut thrive is an essential part of life."

 

Flavours

Biomel offer probiotic shots (125mls) and drinks (500mls) which are available in 5 delicious flavours including Dark Chocolate, Salted Caramel, Pure Vanilla, Natural Coconut and Natural Almond. The website recommends taking 1-2 drinks per day.

 

My favourite flavour was the salted caramel. It was divine and not too sweet like other probiotics I have tried! My seven year old was super keen to try them too and he liked the dark chocolate best. The three flavours of probiotic shots we were kindly gifted to try were dark chocolate, salted caramel and natural almond. I enjoyed all the flavours and we will definitely try the others too.

 

My conclusion

I have to be honest and say I didn't try these long enough to say for sure the difference they made but during the five consecutive days I used them I noticed I was more regular (in a good way). I enjoyed all the flavours and I think anything that can potentially help the good bacteria grow is a good thing. I plan to buy and use them for 14 days and will feedback on how I feel after that.

 

According to the NHS website "There are many different types of probiotics that may have different effects on the body, and little is known about which types are best". As my knowledge doesn't extend this far, I can't comment on whether these are the best type of probiotics for your body and it's something you should speak with a health professional about.

 

Ingredients

Biomel is made with a unique strain of non-dairy lactic acid producing bacteria that is proven to support digestive and immune health. Each serving of Biomel contains over 1 billion CFUs [colony-forming-units] that quickly multiply as they enter the digestive system,  encouraging the growth of good bacteria.

 

All their ingredients are vegan, 100% natural and free-from stomach irritants (like dairy, lactose and gluten). They are also free from GMO and soy.


Where to buy & cost

Biomel is available at Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Whole Foods, Planet Organic, Selfridges, Harrods, Crussh and leading independent retailers across the UK. Biomel is also available in their online shop at www.biomel.life.

 

14 shots of Biomel costs £21 (£1.40 each) and 9 drinks cost £32.40 (£3.40 each).

 

If you decide to give Biomel a go, you can use my discount code: LOVEBIOMEL5

 

This is an AD (I was gifted a selection of Biomel products).

 

I wasn't asked to write or post about them..

 

Have you used plant based probiotics before?

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