How to Choose the best Probiotic Supplement for You
It’s important to note that there are different types of strains of probiotics. The probiotics benefits experienced with one probiotic strain may be completely different from the health benefits seen from another probiotic.
Certain strains of probiotics support immunity, others digestion, and some even help burn fat and balance hormones.
If you want to use probiotics to help with a specific health concern, it’s vital to select the right probiotic for the right condition….or you can consume a wide range of probiotics in your food to be covered.
As we said earlier, you are what you digest, and there are no other compounds in the world that support digestion and the assimilation of nutrients better than living probiotics. While many companies now produce probiotics, many of them are ineffective at best. Many probiotic supplements today are destroyed by your stomach acid before they ever get to your digestive tract.
When reading a probiotic label, it should reveal the genus, species and strain of the probiotic. The product should also give you the colony forming units (CFUs) at the time of manufacturing.
Also, the majority of probiotics can die under heat so knowing the company had proper storing and cooling of the facility is also important.
There are five specific things you need to consider when buying a probiotic supplement:
- Brand quality — Look for brands that are reputable.
- High CFU count — Purchase a probiotic brand that has a higher number of probiotics, from 15 billion to 100 billion.
- Strain diversity — Search for a probiotic supplement that has different strains.
- Survivability — Look for strains like bacillus Bifidobacterium lactis, Lactobacillus acidophilus, and other cultures or formulas that ensure probiotics make it to the gut and are able to colonize.
- Research — Do your homework and look for brands that have strains that support your specific needs.
Here are a few more things to look for
Stay away from general health claims made by manufacturers and consider how much information is really on the label.
- Stability: Probiotics need to be kept cold in order to preserve their potency. This applies to their production, transport, storage and sales.
- Date: The fresher the better when you’re talking about living organisms.
- Sugar: Sugar is not a good food source for probiotics. Prebiotics are the food source meant to keep probiotics alive. A synbiotic is a supplement that contains both prebiotics and probiotics. The best synbiotics contain healthy plant starches and prebiotic fibres like Arabinogalactan and Inulin
- Living vs. dead: “Live and active cultures” are a better than “made with active cultures.” After fermentation, the product may be heat-treated, which kills off both good and bad bacteria.This is done in order to extend the shelf life but can do more harm than good
- Bacteria type: “Live and active cultures” does not necessarily mean that the cultures of bacteria the product holds have been proven as beneficial. The bacteria strain should consist of two names and two letters: the genus, species and strain. If the label lists two names, be sure that the bacteria has research or proven health benefits behind it.
- Potency: This is where it gets tricky. Most probiotic products don’t list the amount of bacteria their products contain, and the amount that’s effective depends upon many qualifiers. Health benefits can occur with 50 million CFUs for certain conditions and may take as many as 1 trillion CFU for others. The higher the number the better.
Coming from personal experience, the product that I recommend is a product that has been researched and developed by an Australian Microbiologist, Dr John Ellerman. This product is manufactured for Modere and meets the requirements as listed above. It has provided me with relief from crippling arthritus to the point where I no longer take prescribed drugs. I take this probiotic daily with an anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant and am now drug free.
Dr John Ellermans E-Booklet