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For some reason we all innately know what probiotics are. We know that when we have a stomach ache or diarrhea, that the first thing we should look for are probiotics. Our doctors tell us they are good for us, and we know they are doing something good because even though we can’t see the benefits inside our body…we end up feeling better. There are so many strains and types and billions of CFU’s on every package that it can be overwhelming. So what do we do for our kids? What brand can we trust to do what it says it will without filling our kids with a bunch of junk tied to a really great marketing campaign? Well for me, the answer is SmartyPants Vitamins…and there’s a reason they’re too big for their britches!
When I first met the team from SmartyPants Vitamins, they were welcoming and knowledgable. Whoever formulated this product got the right combination of taste, texture, and efficacy down perfectly. I learned about their vegan line of prebiotic and probiotic vitamins after giving them a taste test in person. Two flavors blew me away. They have two kid-friendly probiotic complete vitamins that come in two different flavors: Grape and Strawberry Crème. The flavor was great in both, but I found myself wondering what the difference was between a prebiotic and a probiotic. The SmartyPants crew broke it down for me.
What is a Prebiotic?
PRE-biotics are special plant fibers that are resistant to digestion. Because the body cannot digest these fibers, they pass through the body to the large intestine where they act as food for the good PRO-biotic bacteria. For all you football parents out there, think of prebiotics as your star running back, who carries the PRO-biotic football through the defensive line on it’s way to a touchdown.
What is a Probiotic?
PRO-biotics are live bacteria you find in fermented foods like sauerkraut and kombucha, but you can also get them in supplements. PRO-biotics introduce good bacteria into the gut, and PRE-biotics feed that good bacteria – helping the bacteria grow, multiply, and thrive.
It is important to have both, because one cannot truly thrive and do its job to the best of its abilities without the other. SmartyPants Probiotic Complete gummies contain Wellmune PRE-biotic fiber and PRO-biotics. A two for one! What is Wellmune? Wellmune® is a 3rd party prebiotic fiber that strengthens your immune system, and acts as an ideal food to feed the probiotic bacteria in SmartyPants Probiotic Complete gummies. Unlike other immune boosters, Wellmune does not artificially stimulate the immune system or put immune cells into overdrive, it just prepares them to be ready for a challenge.
Does SmartyPants Have A Probiotic Vitamin For Parents Too?
You know it! Each serving of SmartyPants Adult Probiotic Complete delivers 7X more CFU than leading gummy probiotics, while each serving of SmartyPants Kids Probiotic Complete delivers 4X more. The multi-strain probiotics are in spore form – the form of probiotics that can survive the test of time, changing temperature, and harsh stomach acid. Natural microencapsulation ensures that 99% of our probiotics reach all the way to your large intestine alive, where they can flourish, multiply, and help you and your kids thrive. SmartyPants specifically chose to include Bacillus subtilis DE111® and Bacillus coagulans IS2 because they are two of the most researched strains available.
Are SmartyPants Vitamins Vegan?
The SmartyPants Adult Probiotic Complete and Kids Probiotic Complete are Certified Vegan by the American Vegetarian Association (AVA)! This is wonderful news for vegan families looking for a great prebiotic/probiotic for their kids. While the kid and adult probiotic gummies are the only vegan SmartyPants products right now, they are constantly innovating and creating, so you never know what new vegan product they could come out with next. It is important to note that their products contain:
- No Synthetic Colors
- No Artificial Sweeteners
- No Artificial Flavors
- No Artificial Preservatives
- No High Fructose Corn Syrup
- No GMOs
- No Gluten
- No Tree Nuts Allergens
- No Peanuts
- No Dairy
Each batch of finished gummies is tested by an independent third-party lab for purity and potency. We are honored to partner with them and recommend their kid-friendly probiotics.
SmartyPants and Vitamin Angels…A Match For Good
For every bottle sold, SmartyPants makes a 1-for-1 nutrient grant to Vitamin Angels. Vitamin Angels is a non-profit, non-governmental organization focused on bringing essential nutrition to children around the world through vitamin supplementation. There are lots of companies out there who are fighting for your business, but when it comes to doing good for goodness sake, you can’t beat SmartyPants folks. I have had the opportunity to meet many members of their staff personally through working with them and everyone from the top down is an awesome human. We are proud to recommend their probiotic gummies and give them the Lean Green stamp of approval!