Review: Seed Aims to Solve the Problem With Probiotics

We receive free products to review and may receive commissions on purchases made through our links. See our disclosure page for details. The average probiotic pill does not work, according to the popular new digestive health supplement Seed. Backed by big name investors like Peter Thiel (an early investor in Facebook and PayPal), the unlikely teamup of Jessica Biel and Cameron Diaz, and the former chair of the World Health Organization panel that first defined “probiotics,” Seed is taking the cutting edge, much talked about world of gut health and aims to offer the best, most complete, most digestible, most healthful probiotic/prebiotic supplement on the market. (Or supplements, as there’s a male and female version.) It’s hard to have the Best Possible gut health supplement given it’s such a new area of research that’s constantly evolving, but Seed is indeed an innovative supplement that goes to extraordinary lengths to make sure you actually benefit from the ingredients.  A digestive health supplement that may be more effective than its competitors at delivering healthy bacteria and fiber to the right spots in your digestive tract. As a “synbiotic,” Seed combines both probioti...

The miracle mineral du jour, magnesium boasts many benefits—putting it at the top of the list

The miracle mineral du jour, magnesium boasts many benefits—putting it at the top of the list of supplements for depression relief, says Samantha Cassetty, RD, a New York City-based nutritionist. “Studies show that 500 mg of magnesium daily can improve depression in as little as two weeks,” she says. Cassetty serves as the Chief Nutrition Officer for OMG! Nutrition, which makes a magnesium supplement. Many people don’t get the magnesium they need from their diet, and our soil—once a rich source of this essential mineral—is now depleted of magnesium, she says. Some supplements have a laxative-like effect, which is why she recommends magnesium glycinate. “Start slowly with 200 mg per day and increase gradually to ease any tummy troubles.” The mind and gut are intimately connected, Cassetty says. Probiotics help balance out good and bad bacteria in the gut, and this can have spillover effects on mood and depression. Strains such as Bifidobacterium longum and Lactobacillus helveticus R0052 may be particularly helpful as supplements for depression, she says. “However, evidence also suggests that a multi-strain probiotic formula may lead to mood improvements. I generally suggest choos...