What is a Medical Probiotic?

Written by ReCharge Collaborator — July 27, 2020

What is a Medical Probiotic?

What is a Medical Probiotic?

Ever since scientists proved that microorganisms can cause disease, the word “bacteria” has become synonymous with illness.

While certain strains of bacteria certainly do make us sick, we now know that other strains of “beneficial bacteria” play a vital role in maintaining our health. 

The vast majority of these beneficial bacteria live in our gut, where they spend their days helping us:

  • Break down and absorb food
  • Synthesize vitamins
  • Tune our immune systems to function just right 

This discovery has led to an explosion of probiotic supplements which claim to prevent, manage, and treat different health concerns and issues.

You may have noticed a surplus of probiotics spilling off the shelves of your local health food store — it can be confusing and overwhelming to decipher what makes them effective (or not). 

Read on to discover what makes medical probiotics like Pendulum Glucose Control so different from other probiotics.

First, what is a probiotic? 

According to a World Health Organization at the United Nations (WHO/UN) expert panel3, probiotics are:
“Living microorganisms that, when administered in large enough amounts, provide a health benefit to the host.” 
That’s a pretty fancy definition that may raise more questions than it answers. So, let’s unpack it by focusing in on two key points.

  • Probiotics have to be living
  • Probiotics have to provide a health benefit

However, many of the probiotic supplements available for purchase do not have the proper scientific research to back their health claims. Or, they reference studies done on individual bacterial strains—and not on their specific product. 

When searching for a probiotic to help with the management of Type 2 diabetes, many supplements may be suggested to you. However, it’s important to note that most of them are meant to improve your overall health overall—and are not targeted to help with the management of Type 2 diabetes. 

Only probiotics that are labeled as ‘medical probiotics’ can make that claim.

What is a medical probiotic?
A medical probiotic like Pendulum Glucose Control has had its complete product formulation tested in a controlled clinical study to show improvement in the disease when replaced, and can make beneficial claims for the disease based on clinical study results.

Pendulum Glucose Control is:
1. Clinically tested

In a 12-week nutritional study of Pendulum Glucose Control, statistically and clinically significant reductions in A1C and blood-sugar spikes were observed in people with Type 2 diabetes who were also taking metformin.

The study was a randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled clinical-food trial across multiple sites in the United States. To learn more about the study, click here.

2. Targeted

Pendulum Glucose Control is the only medical probiotic specifically designed for the dietary management of Type 2 diabetes.

By restoring these missing beneficial bacteria in your gut microbiome, your body is able to once again metabolize fiber that helps manage blood sugar.

3. Novel

Our unique, patented formula includes targeted strains discovered through DNA sequencing that cannot be found in any other probiotic on the market.

To learn more about Pendulum Glucose Control, click here.


  1. Sharma, S. & Tripathi, P. Gut microbiome and type 2 diabetes: where we are and where to go? Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry 63, 101–108 (2019).
  2. Chey, W. & Menees, S. The gut microbiome and irritable bowel syndrome [version 1; referees: 3 approved]. F1000Research 7, (2018).
  3. Hill, C. et al. Expert consensus document. The International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics consensus statement on the scope and appropriate use of the term probiotic. Nat. Rev. Gastroenterol. Hepatol. 11, 506–14 (2014).