Cutting Edge Cultures

Starter cultures from Cutting Edge Cultures makes fermentation easy: fermented vegetables such as sauerkraut or pickles, kefir, sparkling water, or yogurt, you know how long to ferment and which microbes you will obtain when you start with one of the starter cultures from Cutting Edge Cultures. While you can ferment many foods such as vegetables by allowing microbes naturally resident on the surface to ferment, adding a defined starter culture, such as those provided by Cutting Edge Cultures products, accelerates the fermentation process, often reducing time required by days. Use of a starter culture also ensures that a broad range of beneficial microbes are present.

Cutting Edge Cultures is the Defiant Health podcast’s newest sponsor, supporting my effort to disseminate clear-thinking and truth in health. I am personal friends with the company’s founders, Roy Bingham, Simon Gorman, and Donna Schwenk, and know that they are people of high integrity who I trust implicitly.

Among their products:
Starter Culture for Making Raw Fermented Vegetables—Providing the important fermenting microbes Lactobacillus plantarum, Leuconostoc mesenteroides, and Leuconostoc acidilactici.

Easy Kefir Starter—With a broader range of microbial species, as you’d expect with a kefir starter. Species include Lactococcus lactis, Lactococcus cremoris, Lactococcus diacetylactis, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Saccharomyces cerevisieae, and Kluveromyces lactis.

LR Superfood Starter—This gets you started making L. reuteri yogurt with all its magnificent effects I’ve discussed.

L. gasseri Superfood Starter—L. gasseri is another superstar microbe that provides significant health benefits with restoration/supplementation due to its ability to colonize the upper GI tract and produce many (up to 7) bacteriocins, i.e., natural antibiotics effective against fecal microbes, such as those that dominate when small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, SIBO, is present.

Kefir Soda Starter—This is a variation on water kefir that provides Leuconostoc mesenteroides, Lactobacillus delbrueckii, Bifidum longum, and Saccharomyces boulardii. The end-result not only introduces beneficial microbial species, but it is effervescent from the carbon dioxide gas produced by the Saccharomyces, just like soda pop!

Yogurt Plus Starter-–This yogurt starter contains the microbes Streptococcus thermophilus, Lactobacillus delbrueckii, Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus reuteri, Bifidobacterium longum.

Prebio Plus—This is a mixture of prebiotic fibers: acacia fiber, inulin, and fructooligosaccharides. Recall that key to rebuilding a healthy GI microbiome is variety in prebiotic fibers.

Readers of my blog, as well as listeners to my Defiant Health podcast, receive a 15% discount on your order by entering the discount code “DEFIANT” (case insensitive). Cutting Edge Cultures products are also available through where you will also find many wonderful recipes provided by fermenting guru, Donna Schwenk. More about Donna’s story, her fermentation journey, and how it transformed the health of her family and herself can be found here.

*Dr. Davis and his staff are financially compensated for promoting Cutting Edge Cultures products.