If the thought of shovelling vats of vegan kimchi, miso soup and sauerkraut down your gob doesn’t quite appeal, then you may be very interested to discover these vegan probiotic supplements which are jam packed full of friendly and helpful bacteria.
These get delivered to your gut without the need for any fermented foods to ever enter your mouth.
But if you do enjoy fermented foods (like me!), then you’ll love that these supplements help to give your gut that extra much needed boost of the good stuff.
For me, it seems that I’d need to eat fermented foods in literally every meal I eat in order to reap the benefits long-term. Maybe that’s because my gut issues are pretty severe, which considering how much I’ve tormented it over the years with bad diets, booze, and medicine, comes as no surprise to me at all.
So, whichever boat you find yourself in, I am here to tell you that there is a vegan probiotic supplement out there to save you from gut hell.
See also: the best vegan multivitamins
I have been testing out all the options to see if they have any positive effects on my IBS and the acid reflux this triggers. And I must say, the results have been incredible. So, make sure to read on to discover the probiotics that actually worked for my gut and how each of them have helped me!
Hopefully, I can help anyone else with their gut-issues to find a suitable supplement, or simply assist anyone who may be interested in just giving their gut some much needed love – because we all should be! Maybe, just maybe, if I gave my gut more love over the years we wouldn’t have got in this predicament in the first place.
Here are the best vegan probiotic supplements
These are all vegan probiotic supplements that have worked for me. I have made sure to try out and test all of these, because as an IBS sufferer I know just how difficult it is trying to find suitable products that actually help alleviate symptoms.
I go into detail about how each of these vegan probiotic supplements have helped me, hopefully helping you to make a decision!
Ingredients: 10 billion CFU from 4 strains
Packaging: Recyclable plastic bottle
Symprove is a water-based food supplement that is packed full of live bacteria that thanks to being in a liquid form gets delivered directly to your gut without being digested in the stomach beforehand.
Interestingly, it was originally formulated to help with livestock, but has since been proven to have amazing benefits to humans, so they switched their focus. As a vegan, I’m not 100% sure where I sit with this. But the company definitely doesn’t have any involvement with animals now, neither in manufacturing, or in its use.
You may notice that Symprove doesn’t advertise their product as a probiotic, but as it does contain live bacteria it can be considered a ‘probiotic’. They just don’t name it as such due to European food law.
Out of all the companies providing bacteria-based supplements, they are probably the one putting the most time and money into scientific research behind their product. Which is why you’ll see their supplement used in many studies related to gut health. But this does seem to come at a price, this probiotic supplement is the most expensive.
If you want to find out more about Symprove, then make sure to read my full Symprove review.
How Symprove has helped me
I took Symprove for the suggested 12-week course, taking a shot every morning 10 minutes before consuming any food or drink. In the first 4 weeks I actually saw the most changes in my gut.
At first, I found that I was becoming more able to tolerate certain trigger foods, like bread. I still had some side effects, but they definitely weren’t as severe. After that, I stopped getting abdominal pain and spasms. And shortly after, my bloating improved.
The next few months were also smooth sailing and nearly enough all of my symptoms disappeared altogether. It was almost as if I no longer had IBS – what magic! So, whilst it is on the more pricey side of things it actually works and it works really amazingly well.
I continue taking this for 12 week periods throughout the year, to keep on top of things.
Bacteria: 1 billion CFU from 3 strains
Packaging: Plastic pill packets but they also sell in glass jars
This fun and exciting brand was created by fellow bloater, Charles Instone. He concocted these anti-bloating capsules made using a unique blend of clinically proven probiotics, digestive enzymes and herbal extracts. They all work together to eliminate bloating, reduce gas, and give your tummy some much needed love and attention.
It is different to many other vegan probiotic supplements you can buy because it works faster to debloat. Results can be seen in just 30 minutes, and long-term benefits can be enjoyed when they are taken daily. This is thanks to the enzymes and plant extracts they mix into the probiotic.
Considering how affordable these are, with 20 capsules starting from £8.50, you really can take these on a long-term basis.
How Wild Dose has helped me
I decided the best way to test out their short-term claims would be to try out taking some before my biggest trigger dinner – vegan burger and chips. Without fail, I’d get spasms in my right abdomen, instant bloating, and acid reflux straight after eating this dinner. Not to mention all the nasty side effects later on. But this time, the only thing I experienced was a minor cough straight after eating. And that was it.
It is safe to say that I was pretty much in awe of these capsules, so I began taking them more regularly to see if they’d help long-term. The results continued to impress as my bloating decreased significantly, even throughout my period!
Interestingly, my acid reflux symptoms have also been massively reduced. So, either these things are magic, or they have just really got their ingredients right.
I continue taking these anti-bloating pills whenever I am due to eat something that my stomach may not like. It definitely eases the bloat!
Bacteria: 50 billion CFU from 6 strains
Packaging: Compostable pouch (not home compostable)
This fully vegan supplement brand has made vitamin shopping much much easier for vegans. They have a large range of supplements on offer, including their vegan probiotic supplement – Gut Works.
Their probiotic has the most bacteria per serving of all the brands mentioned here, with 50 billion CFU made up of 6 different strains.
They send their supplements in eco-friendly packaging which you can decant into your reusable tin. DR.VEGAN do state that their packaging is plastic-free and compostable, but they actually use bioplastics which whilst being compostable, aren’t home compostable.
How DR.VEGAN Gut Works has helped me
Much like Symprove, DR.VEGAN’s probiotics are supposed to help long-term so I started to take it every day to see if it would relieve my symptoms over a period of a few months.
During this time I ate a lot of my trigger foods, including sugary gluten-based foods like doughnuts.
I found that at the beginning I would get the usual symptoms, including gas, bloating, and spasms. But over time I found these lessened and I was quite comfortable after eating. This allowed me to eat out a lot more regularly without feeling like I needed to get home, quickly.
It is definitely a lot more affordable, especially when you sign up for a monthly subscription. And it is great that you can pick up your other vitamins and supplements at the same time! But I didn’t find it as effective as Symprove long-term.
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Bacteria: 10 billion CFU from 13 Bacteria Strains
Packaging: Glass jar and aluminium lid
Feel is a fully vegan health and wellness brand supplying a wide range of plant-based supplements, including vegan omega-3, multivitamins, protein powder, and more recently, a vegan probiotic!
Their probiotic, the Daily Biotic, comes in a glass jar with an aluminium lid, making it really easy to recycle. When shopping for this probiotic on their website, they include links to many scientific studies which I find to be very useful!
Inside the capsules, they pack 10 billion CFU and 14 different strains of live cultures. This is mixed with a prebiotic fibre which aids digestion. On the biotic product page, they go into loads of detail about each of the strains and how they help your gut.
How Feel Daily Biotic has helped me
I took one capsule a day with food and after just a few weeks I started to feel the positive effects of this probiotic.
The capsule itself is quite small so I found it very easy to take and it digested well without any issues.
My bloating throughout the day had reduced and only really happened when I ate my big trigger foods. It was nice to have periods of time when I could feel fully comfortable. Now I can address the trigger foods that are still causing slight bloating.
Feel also added a prebiotic fibre, Acacia, into their probiotic capsule. I believe this has helped my overall digestion. When I eat meals I find myself being less uncomfortable as my food is digested.
I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is looking for a wider range of live cultures in their vegan probiotic supplement. But it is also on the more pricey side of things, especially if you don’t subscribe.
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Bacteria: 14 billion CFU from 9 strains
Packaging: Glass jar & plastic lid
Vitl is a tailor-made vitamin brand specialising in nutrition tests which you can take from your own home. On top of their personalised supplement range they have a great variety of affordable supplements including their vegan-friendly probiotic, the Daily Biotic.
It comes packaged inside a glass jar which can be recycled. But it does have a plastic lid which is easy to recycle.
Their affordability doesn’t stop them from packing in a whole 14 billion CFU from 9 different strains of live bacteria. I like how they go into more detail about each strain on their product page.
How Vitl Daily Biotic has helped me
I took one Vitl probiotic every morning with my breakfast. After just a few weeks I found I wasn’t bloating after eating, especially after breakfast which is normally a difficult time for my stomach.
I found the capsule really easy to swallow and digest. And it caused no stomach issues in the process.
I also found the probiotics helped my GERD, meaning less coughing after eating and fewer general indigestion issues throughout the day.
I would recommend these vegan-friendly probiotics to anyone who is looking to help their gut but is on a bit of a budget!
Bacteria: 25 billion CFU from 13 strains
Packaging: Compostable packaging (not home compostable)
Biomel are a fully vegan gut health brand. They have a range of probiotic drinks that you may well have spotted in a few different supermarkets and shops.
Their Complete Gut powder contains a unique blend of beneficial bacteria and yeast strains specifically formulated to support gut health and overall wellness. It includes 25 billion CFU from 13 different strains of bacteria. They say this helps to increase the diversity of friendly bacteria in the gut.
Their probiotic supplement comes in powder form. Meaning you can sprinkle it on top of your morning cereal or blend it into your smoothie. This then helps to deliver the probiotics to your gut.
How Biomel Complete Gut has helped me
I have been sprinkling Biomel’s Complete Gut powder onto my coconut yoghurt in the morning. It blends so well into liquids that you’d never know it is there. I find this has really helped to get my gut working properly first thing in the morning.
Whenever I have felt any bloating throughout the day I have made myself a quick smoothie, sometimes even a vegan protein shake, and have added a spoonful of this powder into it. I have found it helps reduce bloating pretty soon after.
I really like how easy it is to incorporate this powdered probiotic into your day-to-day life. It even comes in a few different flavours which can help to compliment the smoothie or food you add it in to.
Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that have positive effects on your gut health. They can be found in fermented foods, like tempeh, kimchi, and miso, as well as in fermented drinks, like the living sodas and kombucha by Hip Pop.
Probiotics can be created by fermenting vegan-friendly foods as well as non-vegan foods, like dairy products. Meaning that not all probiotics are vegan-friendly.
Most probiotic supplement companies, like the ones mentioned below, only use vegan sources of probiotics. But there are some companies who do use non-vegan sources, so make sure to do your research if you decide to look into a brand not mentioned here.