Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotic Supplement Review

Review Rating:

Best for: Immune Health

Buy on Amazon: around $34/month

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The Story Behind This Product

Essential Formulas is an award winning probiotic supplement that has been meticulously researched by renowned microbiologist, Dr. Iichiroh Ohhia. He has been studying “good bacteria” for well over 20 years, and this product is the fruit of his labors.

Despite having a relatively low CFU count per pill (900 million CFU compared to 100 billion for some probiotics)…many people swear by the efficacy of Dr. Ohhira’s probiotic.

Great Video Featuring Ohhira’s Probiotics

What’s Unique About Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics?

  • His formula blends over 12 strains of lactobacillus and bifido bacteria that work together to get you healthy, including:
    • Lactobacillus acidophilus
    • Bifidobacterium infantis ss. infantis
    • Lactobacillus plantarum
    • plus 9 other strains
  • 100% vegetarian ingredients
  • The Fermentation Process is five years long and is based on both traditional and modern fermentation techniques.
  • 82 Probiotic foods and prebiotics
  • Great for recolonizing after taking antibiotics.

Basic Facts About Dr. Ohhira’s

  1. Vegetarian: Yes
  2. Product Form: Gel Pills
  3. Strength: 900 million CFU per pill
  4. Recommended usage: Take 2 pills per day, on an empty stomach.
  5. How long does product last: 60 pills per package – 30 day supply at recommended dosage
  6. Refrigeration needed? No – but but store where cooler than 70F
  7. Contain anything else besides probiotics? Yes – also contains 10 vitamins, 8 minerals 18 amino accids and 4 organic acids.
  8. Online price: about $35 on Amazon

Side Effects:

Side effects for this product are generally quite mild. Check here for the full list.

Allergen Information:

Product says:

Guaranteed free of Soil-Based Organisms (SBO’s).* No dairy, soy or gluten. 100% vegetarian, including the soft capsule, non-GMO and free of pesticides and chemicals.

However, there are no certifications showing 3rd party testing that this product has low enough levels of soy/gluten/dairy. Also, this prodcut is claiming non-GMO (no certification) and no pesticides (not certified as organic).

That being said, I really do trust this brand. And even if they don’t have 3rd party certifications…this is the only company whose claims I would accept at face value. That being said, if you are allergic to any of the below ingredients at any level, please be cautious!

Full List of Ingredients:

1. Contains a proprietary Fermented Culture blend: – fermented culture medium of fruits, vegetables, mushrooms and seaweeds containing prebiotics, enzymes, bacteriocins and trace amounts of vitamins, minerals and amino acid.

2. Contains 1.27 mg of organic acids including: citric acid, lactic acid, formic acid, acetic acid

3. Other ingredients: mountain spring water, safflower oil, beeswax, lecithin, capsule (tapioca processed from Manihot utilissima root, glycerin, carrageenan* and caramel** color.) **Caramel color is NOT added to Dr. Ohhira’s probiotics or to the capsule. The color is from the natural processing of the capsule.

4. Proprietary Lactic Acid Bacteria Blend:

Bifidobacterium breve ssp. breve, Bifidobacterium infantis ssp. infantis, Bifidobacterium longum, Enterococcus faecalis TH10, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus brevis, Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Lactobacillus casei ssp. casei, Lactobacillus fermentum, Lactobacillus helveticus jugurti, Lactobacillus plantarum, Streptococcus thermophilus – Guaranteed free of Soil-Based Organisms

Buy On Amazon:

Our Rating:

30 Day Supply – 60 Pills

Buy on Amazon: $34.90

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10 comments on “Review of Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics Products” - Click here to write your comment

  1. michele says:

    i have read dr. ohiras probiotics contain carageenan which is not a healthy component would that be a reason not to take this probiotic? I’m looking for a good probiotic without soy and tree nuts.

  2. solid28 says:

    That could very well be the case. I do my best to avoid anything soy. That being said, I do eat fermented soy products…the fermentation neutralizes many of the harmful chemicals in soy.

    Dr. Ohhira’s probiotics have a 5 year fermentation process, so I’d say that those chemicals are likely neutralized. So if you are just a tad sensitive, you’re likely okay.

    But if you are *super* sensitive, then I’d say avoid it.

  3. Sarah says:

    I started taking a women revew “50 billon” slow release probioic. I first took them once a day for one week with metroidazole with no reaction. Once the antibiotic was finished I continued taking probiotic. On the night the first day of taking only solely the probiotic my palms began to itch. The following morning the itching was very extreme however after a long shower it subsided. Later that afternoon I took another probiotic. That evening my hands and feet began to itch again but more severe then the night before.. By the following morning the itchiness had climbed up my arms and up my legs and I was noticing some sort of very small hive like bumps all over my arms that seemed to spread throughout the day. It is so severe I am afraid to take more: My question is since I am taking this to regulate the pH in my vagina is it in my best interest to a decrease the dose and take every two days one pill or get suppositories? Is getting a different lower count probiotic or lengthing time between dose still considered a therapitic dose? Will the suppositories cause less of a reaction? Am I allergic and at risk to go into shock? I will appreciate any advise. Thankyou very much for taking the time. :)

    • evan says:

      Hi Sarah,

      If you check out this page on probiotic side effects, then you’ll see that those sorts of itching/rash/bumps type reactions are common indeed.

      I’m not a doctor, but if I were you I would experiment. Here are your options:
      1) take the same probiotic, but take it less often (eg. once every 2-3 days)
      2) Try a new probiotic. You can see what our Personalized Probiotic Finder recommends for you age/sex/symptoms.

      best of luck,
      Evan Jerkunica

  4. anita says:

    Dr. Ohhira probiotic contain Carrageenan that cause digestive inflammation and caramel color know as a carcinogen. I was taking the probiotic for 2 week and developed constipation, bloating, gas, even rectum bleeding after this i stopped taking those – i dont know what to call it but they are not probiotics.

    • evan says:

      Hey Anita,

      I’m sorry you had these side effects taking this probiotic. Yes, many people are sensitive to Carrageenan – I personally don’t react to it.

      Despite your bad reaction, I’ve heard almost exclusively good things about their formula. But yes, some people may experience side effects with it.

      good luck,
      Evan Jerkunica

  5. Arvil vaughn says:

    If they are delivered in weather below freezing outside and freeze will that hunt the bacteria

    • evan says:

      Hi Arvil,

      I think they should be fine for 4 reasons:

      1. heat is generally the enemy of shelf life for probiotics…heat will wake up the probiotics, cold should not
      2. the water is removed during freeze drying, so ice crystals won’t form and hurt the bacteria – you can read more here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freeze-drying
      3. Some of the strains the b subtilis and s boulardii are extremely hardy and are very unlikely to die
      4. they “overfill” the packages for probiotics that can die during temperature changes – so for example, for L gasseri, they claim there are 10 bilion in each pill, but really, they put 20 billion at the time of manufacture

      To your health,

      Evan Jerkunica

  6. JoAnn Rehkopf says:

    Where do you order Dr. Oheras probiotic

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