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  • The leading whole food probiotic containing Homeostatic Soil Organisms (HSOs). The HSO Probiotic Blend in Primal Defense helps support the normal gastrointestinal balance of good and potentially harmful bacteria to help maintain a balanced, healthy internal environment.
  • Contains probiotics that promote regular bowel function and help maintain an already healthy immune system -- both of which are beneficial to overall health.
  • Maximizes the benefits of a healthy diet by supporting normal absorption and assimilation of nutrients in the gut.
  • Unlike other probiotics, the key probiotics in Primal Defense can thrive in the toughest digestive environments and are undeterred by stomach and bile acids.
  • Select ingredients in Primal Defense are produced through the Garden of Life proprietary Poten-Zyme fermentation process to make nutrients more available to the body.

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Safety Warning
As with any dietary supplement, consult your healthcare practitioner before using this product, especially if you are pregnant, nursing or under medical supervision. Warning: If you are currently undergoing HIV treatment, chemotherapy, or allograft therapy, do not use before consulting your physician.

Proprietary Hso Probiotic Blend Barley Grass and Oat Grass (Produced Using the Poten-zyme Process), Lactobacillus Plantarum, Bifidobacterium Bifidum, Bifidobacterium Lactic, Lactobacillus Rhamnosus, Bifidobacterium Breve, Lactobacillus Casei, Lactobacillus Brevis, Lactobacillus Salivarius, Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Bacillus Subtilis, Lactobacillus Paracasei, Bifidobacterium Longum. Other Ingredients: Calcium Carbonate, Croscarmellose Sodium, Silica, Magnesium Stearate (Vegetable Source), Vegetable Coating, Bacterial Protease, Probiotic Cultures.

Adults take 1 caplet 3 times per day with 8 oz of water or juice. Best taken on an empty stomach. Begin with 1 caplet per day and gradually increase to suggested amount. Store in a cool, dry place.

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Size: 180 caps

Primal Defense is the only probiotic formula that contains a unique whole food blend with Homeostatic Soil Organisms (HSOs). The HSOs in Primal Defense are important probiotics you would get in abundance if your food came from soil untouched by pesticides, herbicides and other widely used chemicals. To replenish the valuable probiotics our pasteurized, irradiated and disinfected food no longer provides, Primal Defense includes 12 species of hardy beneficial microorganisms in the form of the HSO Probiotic Blend. Let the unique HSOs in Primal Defense take you to a new level of total health.

Product Details

Size: 180 caps
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 3 x 4 inches ; 3.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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  • ASIN: B000GWKA2K
  • UPC: 847349010174 658010111560
  • Item model number: GOL-11156
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (321 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,396 in Health & Personal Care (See Top 100 in Health & Personal Care)
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Customer Reviews

You need it anyway, and Primal Defense works best when you're well hydrated.
Kelly Cannon Hess
The pain is gone and I feel something happening in my stomach - I'm less bloated and swollen and just feel better.
Keeps intestines clean and helps with my immune system which is a bit compromised.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

236 of 245 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Cannon Hess on September 23, 2004
Size Name: 180 caps
If you wonder why you're feeling lethargic or if you have one of those little abdominal paunches you thought was just advancing age, then you might need probiotic therapy. You might even need it if your resistance to colds is low!

Because we live much "cleaner" lives than our ancestors did, sterilizing our dishes, putting our food in the fridge, and spraying pesticides on everything, we live our lives virtually bacteria-free. Free of the GOOD bacteria, that is. The baddies seem to still get us, and without the good ones to balance them out, we're in trouble.

A lack of friendly bacteria in your intestines can cause problems throughout your body. To put it in "nice" terms, it's a little like having backed up plumbing inside you, and the world just ain't gonna be right until you fix it.

I started on probiotic therapy several months ago, and I was amazed at the following things that happened almost immediately:

*That little stomach paunch WENT AWAY. I kid you not. Talk about an instant self-esteem booster.

*My chronic [men, cover your ears] yeast infections decreased dramatically (even without my eliminating wheat from my diet, which I know I ought to do).

*I had more energy and felt more like the me of years ago.

*I became more resistant to colds than I used to be.

If you're considering supplementing your diet with probiotics, you should know that not all of them are created equal. In fact, testing done by [...] indicates that the vast majority of probiotic supplements don't deliver the number of live organisms they claim -- not even close! Those little creatures are very delicate, and things like processing, shipping, and sitting on your shelf can kill them.
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109 of 114 people found the following review helpful By Bluegrass Berglar on May 29, 2008
Size Name: 180 caps
I've had digestive problems for years--most of my adult life. And my problems reached a climax when I was hospitalized with acute diverticulitis. My wife found this product at Whole Foods and ever since I've been taking just one pill a day (on most days--unless I do something crazy like drink too much alcohol or eat very spicy food--in which case I might take an extra one or two depending upon how screwed up I've managed to make my gut). I can't overstate the impact this product has had on my quality of life. It's been truly life-changing for me. And at this price you're talking less than $10/month for 180 pills. Expensive? Hardly. And worth every penny.

One final note: I was singing the praises of this product to my brother, who was suffering from ulcers at the time. For him, he couldn't get past the bloating that the product caused. Fortunately for me, my condition was dramatically improved by Primal Defense--and without any associated bloating. But as with so many things in life, there is rarely a single solution for everyone's problems. I would therefore recommend NOT stockpiling this product before you've determined how it works with your individual digestive system and issues. I would suggest that you buy a small amount--perhaps even one of the smaller bottles--and give it a try for at least a week or two before you "buy in" as I've done. Good luck in your search!
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74 of 82 people found the following review helpful By H. Lum on July 25, 2006
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After dealing with an auto-immune issue for 20 years, I have not had a problem since I started taking Primal Defense more than 4 years ago. This is the best product I've tried for maintaining a healthy gut and immune system.
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112 of 129 people found the following review helpful By indigo on May 24, 2007
Size Name: 180 caps
I've suffered through years of digestive disorders and bought a large 'stockpile' of this product, believing it would help. I started at one tablet/day and slowly worked my way up to 3 tabs 3x/day. The results? Absolutely nothing! It failed to improve anything! I was pretty shocked/disappointed. For those of you wondering, I stayed on this regime for several months; I gave it plenty of time to work its magic but to no avail. This is not a cheap supplement either! A lot of money wasted for nothing!

I did discover later that I was low in stomach acid which might explain why it didn't work. Perhaps I wasn't even absorbing any of it; but after being on betaine for quite some time and trying this product again (I still had 2 bottles left over) it still made no difference. Perhaps I need to try the 'Ultra' formula, but at this point I'm pretty jaded/doubtful it will work.

UPDATE: June, 2008:

While I appreciate the comments of some well-wishers (Lindsay, Richard, S. Malette; thank you :) ), I think it's important to realize that there is no such thing as a 'magic bullet' that works on everyone when it comes to probiotics, no matter how well-made or high quality the product might be. I tried this product a number of different times, a number of different batches, at the maximum dosage required. Nada. There was nothing wrong with the product or how I was using it. It simply does not work for me. Period.

I have since found a completely different probiotic that does work! L. Sporogenes! Mercola recommends it to all his patients because he's found it has the highest success rate of all probiotics he's tested. (I think it's interesting to note that Mercola "used to" recommend Primal Defense but no longer does; it appears he's replaced it with this new one).
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