Seed Probiotics Review + Exclusive Coupon
Updated 5/29/2020 based on Seed’s updated formulation.
Seed is a new probiotic/prebiotic that caught my eye for a few reasons: the science behind the formulation, the ingredients, and if I’m being totally honest, the packaging. (It’s gorgeous! And it turns out Seed has thought a lot about sustainability in packaging, too.)
I’ve been taking it for over 60 days now, so I wanted to give you my honest take on this probiotic subscription, what you should expect, and if I think it’s worth it.
What I am looking for: A gentle, allergen-free probiotic.
First, I should give you some context on what I’m looking for in a probiotic supplement. I have a super sensitive stomach, so a probiotic that can help my gut health is the dream, but of course, trying out different probiotics can actually upset my stomach, so finding the perfect one is quite the challenge.
I’m also intolerant to gluten and dairy, so in addition to needing a probiotic that would be gentle on my stomach, I also needed an allergen-free one. I have tried multiple probiotics over the years (ranging from super pricey ones to relatively inexpensive probiotics from Nature Made), and hadn’t found one I loved enough to keep ordering.
Bascially, my stomach/body is pretty high-maintenance when it comes to any type of supplement. I am a challenge when it comes to vitamins/probiotics/and just about anything else. And while everyone’s body is different, I’m hoping that if a supplement doesn’t upset my stomach, it’s a good indicator that it should be gentle enough for most people.
Now, let’s open the box, and let me walk you through what you should expect in your first shipment:
First, let’s talk about the lovely (and sustainable) packaging. The Synbiotic (Probiotic +Prebiotic) comes in a frosted green glass jar. And the capsules even coordinate:
In addition to the standard-sized jar, you also get a mini tube of a jar for travel:
This should hold at least a week’s worth of doses. After this initial shipment, you’ll receive your refills in a slim mailer to restock the jars – again, they are doing their best to minimize packaging, and keep things sustainable. (The refill packaging is made from corn foam which disolves in water. I never thought I’d say this about figuring out how to properly recycle/dispose of packaging – but disolving the corn foam was fun!)
Also, see that mycelium tray keeping the jars in place? It’s made from mushrooms and it decomposes naturally in the soil within 30 days! (Check out all the details on their packaging here.)
And they even have space photography incorporated into the info booklet! They are checking all the boxes for me!
OK, now on to the actual supplement!
Can you see the second capsule inside the outer green capsule? Seed uses a 2-in-1 capsule to protect against stomach acid and ensure that the probiotic makes it to your colon. (The outer capsule is the prebiotic, the inner capsule is the probiotic.)
Here are the basics of this formulation:
The Daily Synbiotic combines clinically-verified, naturally-occurring probiotic strains (not found in yoghurt, most supplements, or fermented foods and beverages) with a new class of patented plant-based, non-fermenting prebiotics sourced from Indian pomegranate and Scandinavian chaga mushroom and pine bark.
It’s the first to take a Microbe-Systems Approach with strain-specific benefits beyond digestive health, including heart health, skin health, gut immune function, reproductive health, gut barrier integrity, and oxidative stress.
The Daily Synbiotic is free from: Dairy • Gluten • Soy • GMOs • Binders • Fillers • Flowing Agents • Excipients • Preservatives • All 12 classes of allergens defined by (EFSA) – European Food and Safety Authority
It adheres to the following diets: Vegan • Vegetarian • Ketogenic
My experience trying Seed:
I started the first few days taking only one capsule (per Seed‘s instructions), and went up to the full dose of 2 capsules on the 4th day. I experienced no stomach discomfort even in that first week, (PHEW!), and it has easily become part of my morning routine pre-coffee. (Seed recommends taking the Synbiotic on an empty stomach.) The capsules have no taste, so they are easy to swallow with just water.
Any difference after 2 months?
The Daily Synbiotic is supposed to help improve: gastrointestinal function, gut barrier integrity, cardiovascular health, metabolism and energy production, gut immune function, and oxidative stress.
Can I notice these differences? Honestly, for most of them it is tough to say for certain, and in cases where I do think I’ve seen improvements, I can’t always isolate the contributing factor(s). For example, I think my skin’s health has improved recently, but I’m also taking collagen supplements and always trying out different skincare beauty products thanks to subscription boxes. So it could be a combination of those things + Seed, it could be just Seed, not Seed at all, etc.
One thing I do feel relatively confident I can attribute to Seed is less bloat/stomach discomfort. And that’s a big deal for me. I also feel like anything I can do to improve my gut health is going to be very beneficial to my longterm health, so even if this was the only benefit from Seed, that’s more than enough for me.
Do I recommend Seed?
Honestly, if you already have an inexpensive probiotic that is working well for your needs, I’m not sure you need to upgrade. But if you haven’t found the right formula for your body yet, I definitely would recommend trying it. (They offer a 30-day risk-free guarantee, too, so that should give you enough time to see if it’s a good fit for you, and if it isn’t, just get a refund.)
Personally, I’m very impressed by the research and care that has gone into every aspect of making this product (including the packaging). I also appreciate that probiotics are all they do. Unlike other supplement companies that can have a large range of vitamins, probiotics, supplements, etc., Seed is only focused on making the best probiotic possible.
For now, I’m happy with the results, I’m continuing my subscription, and I’m probably going to end up signing my husband up for the men’s version, too.