An intrepid team of readers and Top Santé staff have been testing Symprove supplements for the last 12 weeks to improve their gut health. Here’s our review!

What is Symprove?

Symprove is a unique, liquid 
formulation containing four strains of live and active bacteria. 
It is clinically proven by independent medical trials to arrive in the gut and 
thrive so that its live bacteria can get to where they are most needed.
  • Missed the start of the experiment? Catch up on week one of our Symprove trial.

Our Symprove supplement review

Sally Argyle:  ‘My stomach cramps have improved’

I started this journey not knowing what to expect. I didn’t think it would give me a big improvement in my bowel health, as I have tried probiotics before and haven’t noticed a lot of difference in my symptoms. However, my bowels are now very regular and 
I can’t remember the last time I was constipated or had diarrhoea, so that has had a massive impact on my life. 
I often suffered from cramps, but this has improved, although I still have some bloating after meals. I feel that this journey has been worthwhile 
and that my gut bacteria has been restored from years of stress, antibiotics and illness and I hope that the positive signs I have seen, continue now that the 12-week programme has come to an end.

Clare Shanley: ‘My IBS symptoms improved’

Almost immediately my IBS symptoms improved – I got less abdominal bloating and pain, more regular bowels and fewer spasms. Then I went to Spain for a short break and was unable to take my Symprove. My IBS symptoms flared up and I really suffered for several days. But within days of being home and back on Symprove, my symptoms settled down and I haven’t suffered with any IBS symptoms since. The only negatives were that I found the taste was not very pleasant (and didn’t really get any better!) and it wasn’t very portable (as opposed to a tablet). But on the whole, I have loved having the opportunity to be part of this trial.

Tarja Burtsal: ‘I’ve been sleeping better but most problems haven’t improved’

Unfortunately I have to say that I have not seen an improvement. To begin with the constipation improved somewhat but then levelled off quite quickly and hasn’t changed since. 
I have less night-time pain and have been sleeping better but the flatulence hasn’t improved. I am on the diabetes drug Metformin, which 
I think causes a lot of my issues. Doctors generally just shrug their shoulders as digestive problems are 
a very common side-effect of this drug, and unfortunately this has not fixed them.

Tina Lange: ‘No more wind in the afternoon’

I’ve found it really interesting to take part in the programme and it has been  a very positive experience.
The biggest challenge was camping at a festival, eating barbecue food all weekend and drinking cider. I was fine – even after not taking Symprove for two days while there (no fridge). The probiotics must have built up as my stomach appeared to have an iron lining, which is not normally the case.
I have also been running and have to say my usual tummy issues have not cropped up at all. Most noticeable for me is the fact that I do not wake up with a huge balloon of a tummy 
every morning and no more windy afternoons after I have eaten 
my lunch. I feel so much more comfortable now and it’s great to get out of elasticated-waist trousers like the ones my mum wears!

Sharon Trigg: ‘Less pain in my stomach’

I am still having some bloating and pain but not as much as before the trial. It hasn’t eradicated my problems but it has definitely improved things.

Sally Saunders: ‘I don’t have to avoid any foods now’

I feel like I’ve been freed from my symptoms. The biggest thing has been that previous issues I’ve had with regularity have disappeared, and my bloating and indigestion have improved massively. There were some foods that I’d previously had to avoid, such as fish and chips, but I was recently able to enjoy a bag on the beach with my family for the first time in ages – and didn’t suffer for the rest of the day as a result!

Larissa Chapman: ‘I think Symprove improved my immunity’

I’ve honestly loved Symprove, I never experienced any bloating, just a better balanced gut. I’ve felt generally really well: I think it’s helped me fight off a few commuter bugs, too. It tastes very sharp, but it’s such an easy thing to do and stick to, plus once you’ve built up that good bacteria, your gut is better able to cope with over-indulgence and is less affected by stress.

Katherine Watt: ‘Much less bloating’

At first I wasn’t that impressed by Symprove, then I realised that I was taking it wrong, having it with my morning coffee. Someone explained that you need to take it first thing, on a completely empty stomach and give it 10 minutes before you eat or drink, so it can reach your gut. Since then, I’ve noticed I have far less bloating, so I’ll be keeping it up!

The nutritionist’s view on Symprove

Eve Kalinik is a nutritionist: ‘The results from your trials are really interesting. Lots of you have seen good results when all you have really done is add Symprove to your diet. There are lots of other things you could do too, like reducing your stress, improving your sleep and of course changing your diet.
‘But for so many of you to see improvements by simply adding Symprove is really interesting. It’s not a silver bullet or a magic formula, it’s not quite that simple. I don’t think it all just comes down to adding in the different bacteria strains because we are all different, 
we are not all going to need 
the same strains.
‘Probiotics are a new science and we are still developing our understanding, but it’s clear they get results!’

Eve’s top tips for gut health

  1. Chew your food well as not doing so can cause bloating, reflux and constipation.
  2. Take a probiotic to help your gut deal with all that gets thrown at it on a daily basis.
  3. Have a diverse fibre intake. Go for a variety of vegetables and fibre sources to support lots of different gut bacteria.