Getting The Most Out Of Probiotic Supplements


Many of us know that we should be taking some sort of a probiotic supplement. Recently, the attention given to these friendly bacteria has substantially increased and for good reason. Impressive clinical studies for probiotics are piling up and validating many traditionally claimed benefits, like immune system health and digestive support. Exciting new research is also showing the benefits of probiotics in other areas like mood support, urinary tract health, prostate support and even weight loss. With that being said, picking a good probiotic can be a very daunting task if you don’t know what to look for. Here are some suggestions to help you find a high quality probiotic.

Guaranteed potency:¬†Probiotics are sold about anywhere these days, but be sure that you read the fine print. The potency of many low-cost probiotics will only be “guaranteed at time of manufacture.” That is a nice way of saying that they put probiotics in the supplement but aren’t doing much to make sure that they are still active by the time you take them. A high quality brand will do testing, and take precautions, to make sure that you will get the amount, think billions, of active probiotics that are claimed on the box until that product expires.

Variety: In many cases the variety of strains is very important in picking a good probiotic. For an everyday probiotic, look for one with at least 10 different strains.

Strength: I suggest starting slow and working up to a higher strength probiotic if needed. Many find a potency of 15 to 30 billion to be the best place to start. If you feel the need to go to a higher potency, go up in increments until you get to the strength that you need.

Clinically studied strains: A lot of high-quality brands are incorporating some clinically studied strains of probiotics. This means that they are using specific strains with researched benefits. This can be a little trickier to spot on a label. While many brands are proudly advertising the fact that they are using clinically studied strains on their packaging, some will list their use of patented clinically studied strains on the back nutritional facts panel. These usually will have some added numbers at the end of the strain’s name or a patent mark. Not always necessary, clinically studied strains are most often found in condition specific probiotics, not as much on general daily probiotic formulas.

Consider these tips when you are searching the shelves for a probiotic, and hopefully, you will leave with a great, high quality supplement.