UAS LifeSciences – 2014
555 N. 72nd Ave.
Wausau WI 54401
Phone: (800) 422-3371 Fax: (715) 848-3121
How to Advise Customers on Choosing Probiotics
Probiotic users that experience a health improvement become loyal to both the product and the retailer. However, health benefits vary considerably and it is difficult for the average person to understand which ones to choose.
1. Probiotic benefits start with the strain of bacteria used in the formula.
Probiotic scientists make selections based upon:
a. Ability to stay alive to reach their final destination in the digestive tract. Many probiotic bacteria are very fragile and are killed during production, distribution and storage. If an organism can only last a couple of months on the shelf or cooler, there will be no health benefits. How does the retailer know which ones will last? Work with a manufacturer who you know will test and study their formulas not only during production but also over the entire period of storage. Specialists in this field know which strains last and which don’t and use those that have inherent “toughness.”
b. Probiotic strains vary considerably in their ability to withstand stomach acid and bile. They must be able to get through the stomach and upper intestines in order to provide health benefits. Work with manufacturers that use scientific studies and have the experience to select strains with the inherent ability to survive.
C. Health and safety benefits can be studied in advance. Initial screenings for health benefits are done in the laboratory and clinical studies can help confirm these benefits. Customer experience is one of the best predictors of health benefits. Probiotics that have a history of safety and performance are a great place to start. Many probiotics include strains from Lactobacillus sp. And Bifidobacterium sp. These groups of bacteria have a long history of safe use and have been used for centuries in fermentations of health-enhancing foods like yogurt, kefir, kimchi and others.
Probiotic strains that are scientifically backed and clinically tested make good probiotics. UAS LifeSciences’ chief scientific officer, Dr. Greg Leyer, has years of experience working with the leading scientists all over the world in the field of probiotics and personally formulates all of the UP4 products.
2. Work with a good manufacturer
a. Production of quality probiotics takes both art and science. It takes years of work to understand just the perfect conditions to maintain probiotic viability during the production, packaging and storage process. It also requires special conditions in the plant to enhance the life of the bacteria. UAS LifeSciences has just completed a state-of –the-art addition to the company’s production facility in Wausau, WI.
B. Quality testing is a key to good probiotics. The quality process is critical to producing live organisms that are free from outside contamination. At UAS LifeSciences, the company’s quality manager, with medical device experience, has implemented a quality process that is one of the most rigorous in the industry.
3. UP4 Probiotics are formulated and manufactured by UAS LifeSciences (formerly UAS Laboratories), a company with more than 35 years of experience in the field of probiotics. All of the formulas contain the probiotic strain, Lactobacillus acidophilus DDS®-1, one of the most successful probiotic strains ever discovered. Other strains are selected for their inherent “toughness” and potential to provide health benefits. The products include: UP4
Acidophilus—still one of the biggest sellers in the field of probiotics; UP4 Daily—a perfect combination of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium and great bargain for most healthy adults; UP4 Adult—four strains of probiotics at a higher potency for the adult who wants the best; UP4 Senior—higher potency probiotics with a clinically studied Bifidobacterium (B. Lactis HN019) for the changing digestive system everyone experiences with aging; UP4 Ultra—the company’s highest potency probiotic at 50 billion CFU/dose and seven strains of probiotics for special situations requiring more potency; UP4 Women’s with probiotic strains found in a healthy vaginal tract and certified organic cranberry with validated proanthocyanidin content to support urinary tract health; UP4 Junior—formulated for pre-schoolers with multiple clinical studies backing the formulation; UP4 Green—probiotics plus organic Spirulina and KIDS CUBES – great tasting chewables for the kid in all of us.
UP4 probiotics are supported by a robust social media program, consumer advertising, coupons and instore demos. Try them yourself and find out why many consumers are switching to probiotics that work.