How to Pick the Best Probiotic Supplements

As there are different types of strains of probiotics, the 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, consume a wide range of probiotics in your food and you will be covered.

  • When reading a probiotic label, it should reveal the genus, species and strain of the probiotic.
  • The product should also give you the CFU’s (colony forming units) 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 four specific things you want to consider when buying a probiotic supplement:

  1. High CFU Count — purchase a probiotic brand that has a higher number of probiotics from 15 billion to 100 billion.
  2. .Strain Diversity — search for a probiotic supplement that has 10-30 different strains.

3.Survivability — look for strains like bacillus coagulans, saccharomyces boulardii, bacillus subtilis, lactobacillus rhamnosus, and other cultures or formulas that ensure probiotics make it to the gut and are able to colonize.

  1. Research — do your homework and look for brands that have strains that support your specific needs.

Specific strain benefits:

Beneficial Probiotic Strains

Bifidobacterium bifidum — the most dominant probiotic in infants and in the large intestine. Supports production of vitamins in gut, inhibits harmful bacteria, supports immune system response and prevent diarrhoea.

Bifidobacterium longum — supports liver function, reduces inflammation and removes lead and heavy metals.

Bifidobacterium breve — helps colonize healthy gut community and crowd out bad bacteria.

Bifidobacterium infantis — alleviates IBS symptoms, diarrhoea and constipation.

Lactobacillus casei — supports immunity, inhibits h. pylori and helps fight infections.

Lactobacillus acidophilus — relieves gas, bloating, improves lactose intolerance.  Shown 61 percent reduction in E. coli, lower cholesterol levels 12 and creation of vitamin K.

Lactobacillus bulgaricus — a powerful probiotic strain that has been shown to fight harmful bacteria that invades your digestive system and is stable enough to withstand the acidic digestive juices of the stomach. It also neutralizes toxins and naturally produces its own antibiotics.

Lactobacillus brevis — shown to survive the GI tract, boost cellular immunity, enhanced natural T-killer cells and kill h. pylori bacteria.

Lactobacillus rhamnosus — supports bacterial balance and supports healthy skin.  Helps fight urinary tract infections, respiratory infections, and reduce anxiety by reducing stress hormones and GABA neurotransmitter receptors.

Bacillus subtilis — an endospore probiotic that is heat-resistant.  Elicits a potent immune response. Suppresses growth of bad bacteria like salmonella and other pathogens.

Bacillus coagulans — an endospore probiotic that is heat-resistant and improves nutrient absorption.  Also has been shown to reduce inflammation and symptoms of arthritis.

Saccharomyces boulardii — a yeast probiotic strain that restores natural flora in the large and small intestine and improves intestinal cell growth.  It has proved effective in treating inflammatory bowel disease like Crohn’s 18 disease.  It’s been shown to have anti-toxin effects, be antimicrobial, and reduce inflammation.