Probiotic Tea, is that even possible? If you know anything about probiotics then you know heat and bacteria, just don’t mix. It’s important for the bacteria to stay alive at the time of consumption, thus introducing the Bacillus Coagulans probiotic strain! It withstands high temperatures!
I started drinking hot tea a few years ago when I was living Germany and found that I really enjoyed it! I have also been taking an active approach in my gut health, so to find out that probiotic tea is good for gut health was a double win for me! But I questioned how it was possible!
Bacillus Coagulans in Probiotic Tea
Bacillus Coagulans is a probiotic strain that is similar to lactobacillus. It helps with diarrhea, stress of travel, digestion, replenishment of gut flora after taking antibiotics, irritable bowel syndrome, and boosting the immune system.
An Ohio-based company called Ganeden Biotech patented the Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086 which is ultra-resilient in regards to heat. It can be put in tea, coffee, and baked goods. However, the dose will be smaller. According to Senior VP Michael Bush, “You have to have the right dose. GanedenBC30 has been shown to support immune health at 500 milliong CFUs(colony forming units) and digestive health at one billion CFUs.”
Below are some of my top picks in the best probiotic teas on the market!
Bigelow Lemon Ginger Probiotic Tea
This was one of the first tea’s on the market with established probiotics in them! The company formulated the GBI-30 6086 with the strain Bacillus Coagulans. The result was a tasty tea full of nutrients and active probiotics that help give your digestive system a major boost!
Their formula is created to withstand rigorous stirring, missing, and heavy manufacturing processes like high pressure heat, and even freezing. At the time of manufacture there are around 500 million CFU (colony forming units) with 80% (300 million) surviving the heat and stomach acid all the way to the gut!
The tea does not have an overpowering lemon of ginger taste, which was a bummer to me (I like a strong ginger taste) but still tastes great none the less without any additional sugar!
Be Well Tea’s Get Probiotic Herbal
One of the main components in this decaffeinated tea is Chicory Root, which adds inulin when mixed with hot water. This helps stimulate the gastro tract by aiding with diarrhea and constipation. Combing this with a probiotic gives your digestive tract a double boost!
Start your day off drinking this like hundreds of others and you have potential to experience increased energy with a better mood!
It does contain the artificial sweetener, Stevia, in it. And while it’s listed as organic with no pesticides or herbicides it lacks being certified. The company is very transparent about that.
Traditional Medicinal Organic Peppermint Delight
This tea is certified organic and non-GMO verified made with some high quality herbs. The taste of this one can be a little bland, but with the menthol aroma it’s sure to clear you up of any sinuses or allergies! It has a subtle peppermint flavor to it with a mild sweet earthy taste.
If you are not a fan of peppermint, this might not be the tea for you. It is also decaffeinated so perfect to enjoy before bed or in the morning with a natural energy kick from the probiotics.
Celestial Probiotic Tea
If you want a full body robust flavor, the Celestial Probiotic tea might fit your needs! It’s similiar to an English Breakfast tea. it does have caffeine in it, so it might be the perfect coffee replacement in the morning or in the afternoon when you need an extra energy boost. They recommend 3 cups a day and that will provide you with 500 million CFU (colony forming units) at time of manufacture.
They also make a Probiotic Green tea for a milder flavor!
The company prides themselves on tagless and stringless bags, saiving over 3.5 million lbs in landfill every year!
Are there any side effects from a probiotic tea?
There are no side effects that come specifically from drinking a probiotic tea. There are however a few associated side effects just from increasing the amount of probiotics in your diet. Some will experience some increased gas and bloating. This is normal, it’s just due to the work your digestive system is doing to be more efficient. Also, if you already have a compromised immune system, you may want to consult with your doctor first. All in all, probiotics have very little risk in causing any adverse health effects, according to this study published in 2016.
Probiotics are great for not only the gut, but overall health and well being. If you have any concerns, it’s best to consult your doctor first.