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Are Probiotics Vegan? Plus 12 Vegan Sources Of Probiotics

Gut health and vegan eating are two subjects you can often find circulating among the health-inclined in social media, blogs, and casual conversations these days. If you’re a regular mindbodygreen reader, you’ve likely gleaned some answers to your questions around both of these popular topics. For example: Should I take a probiotic for my gut health? What’s the difference between vegan and plant-based? The list goes on.

Still, there’s one important question that falls at the intersection of both these realms: Are probiotics vegan?

As it turns out, the answer isn’t so cut-and-dried. To clear things up, we chatted with experts to get their take on what makes a probiotic vegan or not, where to get a trusted supplement that fits the bill, along with vegan foods that offer some probiotic benefits.In This Article

Are probiotics vegan?

Not all probiotics are created equal, and not all are animal-free. Probiotics are live microorganisms (namely, healthy bacteria) that can benefit your digestive system.* So, are they vegan?

“Probiotics consist of fermented vegan sources and fermented dairy-based sources (animal-based),” says Colorado-based dietitian Lauren Mitchell M.S., R.D. They may or may not be animal-free depending on the probiotic source you choose, so it’s important to read the ingredients carefully and select accordingly. For example, if there is dairy in the mix or the pill’s capsule is made of gelatin (i.e., gelcap/softgel), the probiotic is not vegan.ADVERTISEMENT

How to find a vegan probiotic supplement.

Start with (careful) research. You can do this online or in person at your local health food store. First and foremost, it’s important to read the labels carefully and ask yourself: What are the ingredients? What is the capsule made of? Are these vegan?

Certain vegan supplements will be certified vegan and labeled with a circular “certified vegan” logo and/or a green vegan certification.

5 vegan probiotic supplements. 

Probiotic shopping can be overwhelming, so we have put together four vegan probiotic supplements that you can be confident are vegan certified and approved:

mindbodygreen probiotic+

Our proprietary probiotic is the only one on the market with the combination of these four strains: B. lactis Bi-07, B420, HN019, and L. acidophilus NCFM. This formula helps reduce bloat and helps aid in digestion.* 

“Not only is mbg’s probiotic+ shelf-stable and includes four strains backed by clinical research, but we also made sure it was vegan, GMO-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and free of all major food allergens,” says mbg’s director of scientific affairs Ashley Jordan Ferira, Ph.D., RDN. “Even the capsule that our premium probiotic strains are encased in is vegan.”

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