281 – The Power of Dr. Ohhira’s Fermented Probiotics – My Interview with Ross Pelton

Discovering the Value of Post-Biotic Metabolites

Ross Pelton

Digestive Health

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This is a very interesting interview with Ross Pelton. We have discussed probiotics many times here on HealthQuestPodcast.com. We all now understand that probiotics exert an important and powerful effect on human health. We also understand that humans have been consuming fermented foods for thousands of years. The advent of refrigeration and food processing has resulted in less fermented foods in the diet giving us less beneficial bacteria. One solution to this lack of beneficial probiotic rich foods is to consume probiotic supplements. 

It will come as no surprise to the followers of our podcast to learn that each probiotic supplement is unique. Each company has its own formulas and its unique ways of bringing products to market. Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotic has been around for 30 years and even now I am continuing to learn more about it’s unique properties. In this interview Ross Pelton does a wonderful job of explaining what makes Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotic so different.  

In the beginning of the interview Ross describes how a chance encounter of Dr. Ohhira eventually led to the development of Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotic. It’s a powerful example of the chain of events that leads to something new. I am always intrigued by the route that it takes to bring innovative products to market. Good products may be discovered by accident, but it is no accident when good products make it to the marketplace. It is good and wise to look at the history of a company and its founder to gain some perspective as what drives their mission. Some if not most of the best products are the result of a man/woman on a mission to bring something new and valuable to the market. In this case this is a very interesting story.

There is an object lesson here as well because Ross is able to illustrate that our internal environment is similar to the external environment that we live in. Ecosystems exist in a delicate balance. The goal for each of us as humans is to achieve balance and homeostasis throughout the body. We now appreciate more about the importance of the guts ecosystem. This discussion with Ross will help clarify the specific ways in which Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotic is created to deliver specific nutritional benefits.

Not a Probiotic?
Ross makes the point that Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotic may be better described as Proprietary Fermented Food Concentrate. When we look closer at how this product is produced I think you will be impressed. Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotic can be best described as Prebiotics, Probiotics and Postbiotic Metabolites. As we discuss the unique properties of Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotic compare them in your mind with freeze dried isolated bacteria that are found in most probiotic supplements. When we say that there are distinctions in the marketplace between products, this is a great example. 

Prebiotics are the foods consumed by the probiotic bacteria. Most probiotic supplements do not include prebiotic food in the capsule. A few provide some fiber food for when the bacteria become active. Dr. Ohhira feeds and grows the bacteria for three years in a fermentation process. The foods used include fruits, vegetables, mushrooms and seaweed. During the three year fermentation process, the bacteria thrive in a nutrient dense environment and they produce an abundance of metabolic compounds called postbiotics.

Probiotics are the specific beneficial bacterial strains used in supplements. The human gut may have 500 different strains of bacteria with a few being the most dominant. The trend is to identify each exact strain of bacteria used in a supplement formula. Not all strains of probiotic bacteria have been studied and in many cases the actual benefits are not known. Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotic uses specific strains which produce specific and unique postbiotic metabolites.

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Postbiotic Metabolites are the specific compounds produced by the specific bacteria that have been fed a specific diet for three years. This is where the rubber meets the road. It is the metabolites produced and excreted by the bacteria that are responsible for the benefits. The ability to function fully requires that the bacteria receive the nutrients they need, in quantities sufficient and in an environment that is optimal for their growth and development.  The metabolites produced by Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotic bacteria include pH balancing organic acids along with naturally occurring vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and amino acids to support digestive function and whole health.* This is the magic of Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotic.

Prebiotic nutrient dense foods are fermented for three years using specific probiotic bacteria which produce an abundance of postbiotic metabolites which then becomes a supplement. This is why Ross describes Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotic as a proprietary fermented food concentrate. The term probiotic is almost too simplistic because it really does not do justice to the complex supplement that Dr. Ohirra has created. There is nothing else like Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotic. There is a great deal of useful information on the Essential Formulas website. Here is an interesting article written by RossThe Microbiome: New Definition and Understanding Postbiotic Metabolites are the next frontier of microbiome science.

Dr. Ohhira has received numerous awards for many years. We consider awards and recognition from others to be an important way to gain confidence in a company, their products and their claims. 

Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotic Kampuku Beauty Bar
Dr. Ohhira also recognized that beneficial bacteria are a part of our external environment as they live on our skin and provide specific protection. Because the surface of the skin is an ecosystem populated by diverse micro flora, using synthetic cleansers and moisturizers can disrupt its delicate balance. Choose to nourish it instead! Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotic Kampuku Beauty Bar™ merges the rejuvenating power of natural ingredients, ancient Japanese fermentation skills, and modern science to create a clarifying, balancing, and rejuvenating beauty bar gentle enough for the entire family. The probiotic extract in our Kampuku Beauty Bar™ also provides rich nutrients like amino acids, and vitamins and minerals that support dermal health and balance.

Ross Pelton, RPh, PhD, CCN
Ross Pelton is the Natural Pharmacist. He received his BS degree in pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin. He also has a PhD in psychology and is a certified clinical nutritionist (CCN). In October 1999, Ross was named as one of the Top 50 Most Influential Pharmacists in America by American Druggist magazine for his work in natural medicine. He is the author of ten books and numerous online health seminars. Ross is currently the scientific director for Essential Formulas. The link to his blog and personal website Dr. Ohhira's Probioticis http://naturalpharmacist.net.





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1 Amanda July 25, 2019 at 1:04 pm

Taking probiotics all my life and I love Ohirra! Wish I had known about him before. Wow. He did it right! I sat in a lecture with Dr Khem Shahani in 96 and all he talked about was fermentation and quality. They did random testing on products and found awful results. There is no regulations and this is a bacteria! So this is perfection!


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