Guide to Choosing A High Quality Probiotic
By Diana Milling • September 14, 2016
When it comes to choosing the best probiotic for a specific ailment you may be facing, it’s important to note that there are many different strains and types of probiotics. Just like any other medication or supplement, one type of probiotic may work well for some and not for others. It’s remarkable that certain strains are better for aiding in digestion, others to boost immunity and even metabolism.
As discussed earlier, it can be overwhelming deciding which probiotic to use, which company, which strains etc. This breakdown will help you go into these decisions with a bit more ease. Dr. Axtell or I are available to help you select the probiotic that is right for you.
Many companies are starting to produce their own line of probiotics. Many which possess excellent properties, and unfortunately many that do not. A trusted, high quality probiotic has to be able to make it past the acid in our stomachs to be effectively deposited in the intestines. There are a few basic criteria needed to evaluate which probiotic will be most beneficial.
- The specific strains used accompanied by a wide variety of diverse strains
- The way the product is delivered and packaged. Most strains cannot survive high temperatures, light or moisture so it’s important they were shipped, delivered and stored in a properly cooled environment.
- Properly listed expiration dates. If there is no visible expiration date on a probiotic label it should not be used. Consumers should be aware of how long the bacteria in the supplement is expected to last
- Strength: for maintenance 10-20 billion CFU’s (colony forming units) is a great range; for post antibiotic use 100 billion CFU’s is recommended
- Quality: It’s important to look for a reputable brand that is trusted by your health and wellness practitioner. Most credible brands have solid research and studies performed on the efficacy of the product
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Editor’s Note: The information in this article is intended for your educational use only. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, supplement, fitness, or other health program.
Editor’s Note: The information in this article is intended for your educational use only. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health practitioners with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, supplement, fitness, or other health program.