What’s under the hood?  Dairy Bravo Yogurt – Ingredients

Dairy Bravo Yogurt – Ingredient Panel

Ingredient panel on the product but a look under the microscope shows at least 40 strains.

There are three packets of powder in each set which we call a 1 pack.  It makes 4 cups/1 quart/1 liter of product.

The first month is started very slowly to condition the detox pathways.  We use small amounts, therefore, only 2 cups are needed per person.  To make 2 cups, follow the same recipe but split the milk and powders in half and put the unused powder in a ziplock in the fridge for next time.  You can freeze the right amount the milk to defrost when needed.

This is the current packaging.  There are older packaging concepts and recipes on the web which may not apply.

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Prior to May 2019 there are reports of 40 different strains in the product.  This claim is not  backed up anywhere, but it is published.  Now it’s clear!! We got a bigger microscope!!

May 2019 –  There are more than 300 organisms!  Profound words by Dr. Marco Ruggiero sent to Bravo Coop as an exclusive.

In the process of carrying advanced research on our products, we conducted an extremely detailed analysis of the microbial composition of Bravo using a novel tool that exploits the most advanced concepts of molecular genetics.  We used the Axiom Microbiome array that is a chip covered in short DNA sequences that are specific to certain target organisms (a total of approximately 12,000 species are included). In short, this assay can detect up to 12,000 different microbes with extremely high specificity and sensitivity.

After having performed the current genetic analysis, we found out that there are not only approximately 40 strains, as we had been repeating for all these years. There are more than 300 (three hundred) different microbes, the highest number ever recorded in a probiotic.  (The discrepancy, in our favor, derives from the fact that under a microscope, as we had to do in the past, we could not distinguish the sub-strains, the plasmids and the phages (see later) that only the current genetic analysis can differentiate between these.)

Just to give you an example, imagine that you want to catalog the animals in a zoo. A superficial analysis (analogous to what we did with a microscope on Bravo) will tell you that there are monkeys, dogs, horses and so on. But a detailed analysis (analogous to what we did with the Axiom Microbiome array) will tell you that among monkeys you have gorillas, chimpanzees, orangutans and many other types of monkeys; among dogs, Chihuahuas, Great Danes, German shepherds and many others; among horses, Arabian pure-breeds, Mustangs, ponies, English heavy horses etc. At this point, you will be able to say that in such a zoo there is a great variety of animals; that zoo is much richer than a zoo that only has gorillas among monkeys, Chihuahuas among dogs (even though usually there are no dogs in zoos, but this is fictional), Mustangs among horses.

The Axiom Microbiome array was performed by the most reputable company in the field, Eurofins, and we believe it has legal value as far as claims are concerned since this type of analysis is also used to rule out the presence of pathogens. In other words, if we claim that Bravo is unique because it has more than 300 different microbes, and someone asks for proof, we can back this claim with the Eurofins’s analysis.

I am sure you realize that these results put Bravo in a completely different league, or better, in no league at all since no other probiotic can honestly make such a claim.

This is because Bravo, at variance with all other probiotics in the market, was designed since its inception as a means to reproduce the complexity of the healthy human microbiota.

However, it is not the sheer number of different microbes (more than 300) that is utterly impressive, but rather the biodiversity that makes Bravo even more unique. The genetic analysis revealed that Bravo, in addition to probiotic microbes, contains a great number of plasmids and phages.

Plasmids are self-replicating small DNA molecules that carry genes that benefit the survival of the organism and can be transferred to other living beings. Bravo not only contains a very high number of live probiotic microbes; thanks to the presence of plasmids, the probiotic microbes in Bravo are also able to communicate with each other and with the cells of the human body with mutual reciprocal benefits.

Thanks to the presence of plasmids, we can say that Bravo not only contains an incredibly high number of live probiotic microbes but also that these microbes are able to talk to each other and to our human cells. No other probiotic can make this claim.

However, even more, interesting could be, for its ramifications, the presence of phages.

Phages are the microbes that colonize the microbes; they can also be defined as “the microbiota of the microbiota”. The study of phages and how they relate to human health represents one of the frontiers of molecular medicine.

Phages are the most abundant organisms in the biosphere and have been of interest to scientists as tools to understand fundamental molecular biology, as vectors of horizontal gene transfer and drivers of evolution, as sources of diagnostic and genetic tools and as novel therapeutic agents.

Phages impact immunity directly, in ways that are typically anti-inflammatory. Phages modulate innate immunity via phagocytosis and cytokine responses but also impact adaptive immunity via effects on antibody production and effector polarization. Phages may thereby have profound effects on the fighting of bacterial infections or cancer growth by modulating the immune response.

Thanks to the presence of phages, we can now explain all the almost incredible clinical results that you and we have seen with Bravo.

In Bravo, probiotic microbes live together with plasmids and phages in a complex network of communication, a symbiosis that is reminiscent of the origin of life on Earth.

As you may know, we live in a microbial driven world that only exists because bacteria and Archaea tempered the previously hostile environment on early Earth to create atmospheric conditions that allow eukaryotic life forms such as humans to flourish; it has now become evident that phages were, and still are, responsible for wellbeing of microbes, which themselves impact environments at large.

In other words, if it were not for the phages – the microbes of the microbes – life would not exist, and this is why they are so important for our well being and the well being of the environment.

I hope that these notes of mine are helpful for your efforts to further highlight the unique properties of Bravo. Dr. Pacini and I are very grateful for your continuing support and we hope that having demonstrable proof of the uniqueness of Bravo, will further strengthen the success of the product.

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