Life 5 Has a New, Improved Formula

6 October 7, 2013 - Archive

Most of us are seeking ways to support our health and overall wellness. One way millions of individuals do this is through probiotics. Probiotics are products that deliver “good” bacteria to the digestive tract. Studies show that they support digestive and immune systems by improving nutrient absorption and waste elimination.

However, it is important to know that not all probiotics are created equally. First, you should seek active, or live, strains. Second, you should know that different strains offer different benefits. Young Living has spent many years of research to create Life 5 , a proprietary, high-potency combination of five preferred bacteria strains.

Not only does Life 5 contain these preferred, active strains, but it has also recently experienced  exciting updates to improve its stability and potency. The first and most important improvement was changing the gelatin softgel to a new, smaller, delayed-release Licaps® capsule. Designed to bypass the gut, this new capsule delivers beneficial bacteria strains to the digestive tract. Next, we improved the product’s stability by switching to a new metal bottle cap that, when sealed between use, better protects Life 5 from harmful oxygen and moisture. All told, Life 5’s improved benefits include:

  • Higher active culture count (increased from 8 billion to 10 billion)*
  • Improved efficacy by allowing more cultures to directly enter the digestive tract
  • Improved stability that requires refrigeration after opening and better protects the opened product from oxygen and moisture

By implementing these changes, we were able to achieve our goal of improving Life 5’s stability and potency, effectively improving an already excellent product without increasing its cost. If you haven’t had the opportunity to try this beneficial product, now is the perfect time to improve your digestive health and better support immune function through the new Life 5.

—Ryan Seely, YL Product Manager

*At the date of manufacture.

  • Robert

    Hello my wife is a young living member and life 9 recently went o.o.s. I was wondering what combination of oils if any could be used to lessen the system shock of life 9 being o.o.s.

  • Angela

    Hello. What is the difference between Life 5 and Life 9???

    • Young Living

      Hi Angela, Life 5 has been a great product that is very beneficial for our members, so we wanted to create an even more robust formula that will better withstand shipping to international markets. Life 9 features 17 billion live cultures representing 9 different bacteria strains. Thanks for stopping by with your question!

  • Michelle

    Can the capsule be emptied into a liquid for those that have a hard time swallowing capsules?

    • Young Living

      Hi Michelle, Life 9™ is available in the form it is so the capsules don’t dissolve until they get further down the digestive tract, which is called SSI (Synergistic Suspension Isolation). We recommend taking the products the way they are sold for maximum benefits. If you have further questions, we recommend discussing the use of Life 9™ with your healthcare provider.

  • Lisa

    Is Life 9 milk based? If it is, is it lactose/casein free? Thanks!

    • Young Living

      Hi Lisa, Life 9™ does not contain any ingredients derived from dairy. Thanks for stopping by with your question!

  • Meagan

    I’m looking for a pro-biotic for my children and love both Life 5 and Life 9 for myself. What is the recommended dosage for a five and eight year old? Thank you.

    • Young Living

      Hi Meagan, both adults and children can benefit from Life 5 and Life 9. We recommend speaking with their pediatrician for specific dosage recommendations for your children. Thanks for stopping by with your question!

  • Sarah

    I have read that the Life 5 is dairy based but lactose and casein free, so I am wondering what the dairy component is.

    • Young Living

      Hi Sarah, The probiotics contained in Life 5™ are dairy based. We recommend speaking with a health care provider to determine if this product is right for you before beginning use. Thanks for stopping by with your question!

  • Stephanie

    Hi! I’m just wondering if any of the strains will colonize? If not what about in the new life 9 product I’ve read about? Thanks in advance!

    • Young Living

      Hi Stephanie, Young Living’s products are intended only for the use listed on individual labels—either for topical/aromatic use or as a dietary supplement. Please always refer to the label for usage directions. Because Young Living’s products are not labeled to be used as drugs, they are not intended for use in the treatment or cure of disease or any abnormal function of the body, including ailments or injuries. Therefore, Young Living cannot provide advice or recommendation for products to address any type of disease, ailment, or injury. We advise that you consult with a medical professional on your specific issue.

  • Jodoann

    Does this product contain whey protein?

    • Young Living

      Hi Jodoann, Life 5™ does not contain any whey protein. If you have any further concerns, we recommend discussing the use of Life 5™ with your health care provider. Thanks for stopping by with your question!

  • Sharon

    Hi.. does this contain any milk or gluten products? Would this be good for an 11 yr. old?

    • Young Living

      Hi Sharon, Life 5™ does not contain any gluten ingredients, however it does contain dairy. Both children and adults may benefit from the Life 5™ probiotic. Thanks for stopping by with your question!

  • Meryana

    is this kosher certified? or halal for moslem?

  • Keren

    Hi! Why is there no lactobacillus in life 5? And why is there calcium in it? Thank you!

    • Young Living

      Hi Keren, Great question. Life 5 contains a unique university-studied prebiotic mix of calcium ions and Lactoferrin designed to boost the implantation of the beneficial bacteria while discouraging the growth of unwelcome fungi, yeasts, and other negative microorganisms. The HOWARU™ Rhamnosus (L. rhamnosus) which is used in Life 5™ is also known as Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001™. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Erica

    Do Life 5 capsules have an enteric coating?

    • Young Living

      Hi Erica, Great question. Life 5™ is not enteric coated because enteric coating required a heating process it would kill many of the live cultures in the product. For this reason we have chosen not to use enteric coating on the Life 5™ product.

  • Danielle

    Do the capsules need to be refrigerated? What are the benefits of refrigeration?

    • Young Living

      Hi Danielle, Once Life 5™ has been opened, we recommend that you keep it refrigerate to protect the integrity and efficacy of the product. Thanks for stopping by with your question!

  • Andrea

    Hello, is Life 5 suitable for a person who is lactose intolerant?

    • Young Living

      Hi Andrea, The probiotics contained in Life 5™ are dairy based. Life 5™ is not recommended for those that are lactose intolerant. Thanks for stopping by with your question!

  • Sharon

    It states to take Life 5 Probiotics at night after a meal. I would like to know why? I work at night and go to bed around 1:00PM each day after I have lunch.

    • Young Living

      Hi Sharon, Great question! It is recommended to take Life 5™ before sleeping because digestion is slower during sleep which will allow your body to receive the greatest benefit from this product. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Heather

    Would this probiotic be helpful or someone looking for alternative means to deal with mental health issues, such as anxiety. I know often times gut issues can cause other side effects. Thanks!

    • Young Living

      Hello Heather, Please discuss these possibilities with a health care provider for recommendations for your specific concerns. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Sebastian

    Hello. Is this probiotic suitable for little kids (1.5 years)?

    • Hi Sebastian, Yes, Life 5 can be used for both children and adults. If you have any concerns regarding the use of this product for your child, please speak with a health care provider.

      • Kirsten

        When would one opt for Life 5 vs Life 9?

        • Young Living

          Hi Kirsten, Life 5 is being replaced with Life 9. Life 5 has been a great product that is very beneficial for our members, so we wanted to create an even more robust formula that will better withstand shipping to international markets. Life 9 features 17 billion live cultures representing 9 different bacteria strains. Thanks for stopping by with your question!

  • Sarah

    How long is the shelf life for a bottle

    • Great question, Sarah. Young Living’s essential oils do not expire and will maintain their integrity, efficacy, and beneficial properties virtually indefinitely, provided they are stored properly in a dark-glass bottle, upright and tightly sealed, out of sunlight, and in cool temperatures.

      • Katie

        But, how long is the shelf life for a bottle of probiotics?

        • Young Living

          Hi Katie, Thank you for your question. The shelf life of Life 5™ is 2 years based on the shelf life of similar products. However, we plan to continue stability testing to verify the shelf life of this specific product. Once opened, please refrigerate Life 5™. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Louis Kok

    How many cfu per capsule?

  • San San

    Hi, What are the probiotic strains that consist in the 10 billion cfu? Thanks!

    • Great question San San!

      The probiotic strains in Life 5™ are:

      HOWARU™ Rhamnosus (L. rhamnosus)
      L. acidophilus
      HOWARU™ Bifido (B. lactis)
      S. thermophilus
      B. bifidum

      Thanks for your question!

  • Hannah Roark

    I accidentally left my opened case of these in my dark closet when moving for a couple weeks. It was a dark cool place, but not a refrigerator. Are they still okay to take?

    • Hi Hannah, Life 5™ is still considered beneficial, but may not contain the full labeled amount of cultures if not stored according to the label directions. We hope this information is helpful! Thanks for dropping by with your question.

  • nicole

    Is this to be taken after or when not feeling well or daily?

    • Hi Nicole, Life 5 can be taken daily at night after a meal or as needed. Thanks for your question.

  • Carolynn

    Is this a non diary, Lactose free product?

    • Young Living

      Great question Carolynn! The probiotics in Life 5 are dairy based. However, the product is lactose and casein free. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Angie

    Everything I am reading says it needs to have 7 strains and this contains 5….can you explain this?

    • Young Living

      Hi Angie! We are unable to comment on information which has not been published by Young Living or provide information regarding products offered by competitors but we can provide you with extensive information regarding our amazing product, Life 5. A high-potency probiotic, Life 5™ represents the culmination of years of extensive research. Life 5 builds and restores core intestinal health by providing five clinically proven probiotic strains including two advanced super strains to enhance intestinal health, sustain energy and improve immunity. Life 5 contains 10 billion active cultures and improves colonization up to 10 times. We hope this information is helpful!

  • Tanya Schmitz

    It says to take it at night. Is it a problem to take it in the morning? I am better at remembering in the morning.

    • Young Living

      Hi Tanya! Thanks for your question. For optimal benefits, the product should be taken at night as instructed on the product label.

  • Melinda

    Does this life 5 probiotic have YEAST in it?

    • Young Living

      Hi Melinda, Life 5 is yeast free.

  • Daniel

    How long after the “date of manufacture” are the Life 5 probiotics still helpful? I just found an open bottle in the fridge dated 06/17/14. Thank you.

    • Young Living

      Hi Daniel! The FDA doesn’t require us to list expiration dates on our products, but we’ve done so for many years as a service to our customers. We’re in the process of further improving our industry-leading product testing processes, and have temporarily removed the expiration dates from certain products. The quality, purity, and effectiveness that our customers expect from Young Living products are not affected in any way by the removal of these dates. We apologize that we’re unable to provide a specific expiration date for Life 5™ as this information is currently under review. However, we can tell you that past testing results showed that the product is considered safe and effective for use for at least two years. Hope this helps!

  • siouxane martincic

    Is this a non diary probiotics , a plant one ?

    • Young Living

      Hi! The probiotics in Life 5 are dairy based; however, this product is considered casein free. Hope this is helpful!

  • Jen

    If the capsule bypasses the gut, does that mean it won’t help with candida overgrowth there?

  • Leslie Cunliffe

    I’m ordering it this week, can’t wait to get results!

  • Tearahni Cox

    I’d really love to give this a try!

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