Can You Buy an Akkermansia muciniphila Probiotic Supplement?
Akkermansia muciniphila is a strain of beneficial bacteria that has gotten a lot of attention lately.
Pendulum Therapeutics carries two products that contain Akkermansia muciniphila:
Here are some commonly asked questions about Akkermansia muciniphila.
What is Pendulum Glucose Control?
Pendulum Glucose Control is a medical probiotic.
In people with Type 2 diabetes who were taking metformin, Pendulum Glucose Control has been clinically proven to:
- Maintain a healthy gut lining
- Produce butyrate—a molecule that’s essential to our overall health
Each daily dose of Pendulum Glucose Control contains 1 billion live Colony Forming Units (CFUs) of Akkermansia muciniphila.
Is there also an Akkermansia muciniphila stand-alone product?
Yes. Pendulum Akkermansia comes as a stand-alone product. Taking one Pendulum Akkermansia pill each day is equal to taking 2 Pendulum Glucose Control pills per day.
It should be noted that Pendulum's stand-alone product is not used for the management of Type 2 diabetes.
Why are there no other Akkermansia muciniphila probiotics on the market?
Because manufacturing Akkermansia muciniphila is incredibly hard.
Turns out, Akkermansia muciniphila is an anaerobic organism, which means it can only survive in an environment that is 100% oxygen-free (like your gut).
If even a single molecule of oxygen is present in the manufacturing process, the whole batch of Pendulum Akkermansia dies.
And since most probiotics on the shelves can tolerate oxygen, there weren’t any existing processes that could be used to grow Akkermansia muciniphila at scale.
So the team at Pendulum had to hire specialized microbiologists to create an oxygen-free manufacturing process from scratch.
How does the Akkermansia muciniphila survive in the pill? Isn’t it exposed to oxygen there?
Pretty late in the manufacturing process, we freeze-dry the Akkermansia muciniphila and evaporate all the water out.
At that point, it turns into a powder that is stable at higher temperatures and when exposed to oxygen.
What about the other Akkermansia muciniphila supplement results on Google? Do they contain Akkermansia muciniphila as well?It’s worth noting that when you Google "Akkermansia muciniphila supplement," several other results pop up.
But check the ingredients label.
Many of these supplements contain fibers that encourage the growth of Akkermansia muciniphila—but they don’t actually contain any Akkermansia muciniphila.
Can you buy an Akkermansia muciniphila supplement on Amazon?
No. For now, the only place to purchase an Akkermansia muciniphila-containing probiotic is through pendulumlife.com.
Is there an Akkermansia muciniphila probiotic with Bifidobacterium Infantis?Yes! In addition to containing Akkermansia muciniphila, Pendulum Glucose Control also contains the beneficial-bacteria strain Bifidobacterium infantis.
Is there an Akkermansia muciniphila probiotic with clostridia?
Yes! In addition to containing Akkermansia muciniphila, Pendulum Glucose Control also contains Clostridium butyricum and Clostridium beijerinckii.