Probiotic Supplement Review
To say that not all supplements are created equal is an understatement, especially when referring to probiotics. In this probiotic supplement review we’ll look at the most important factors that you need toy know to choose the best product on the market.
Probiotic supplements can be bought as a pill, powder, or capsules. We won’t talk about probiotics in yogurt here because they just don’t have large enough amounts. Eating a yogurt with added probiotics is considered what health professionals call a “maintenance dose”, which is not enough to be considered for therapeutic levels as in a quality supplement.
Back to our pills and powders… some can be very high quality and effective, some won’t give you much benefits at all, and some are even totally worthless or fake. So how can you tell? Here are some guidelines and useful tips:
The label says a lot… or not
If a product simply says it’s a probiotic, without any further information, put it back! If it doesn’t say how many billion strains of live bacteria and their names then it’s not for real. Another tell-tale sign is if there’s not a way to get more information from a phone number or address written right there on the label.
How many billion?
Any product to be considered as a large dosage should be in the 10 to 20 billion live bacteria cells. The absolute lowest number should be 1 billion. These numbers may sound huge but in reality, 10 billion bacteria in your gut is just a microscopic drop.
Price says a lot
Many manufacturers buy their bacteria strains from distributors that sell mass-produced strains, which cannot be verified as quality and beneficial strains of bacteria. Good manufacturing using top quality ingredients that have been researched and properly developed, put in protective and properly vacuum sealed bottles all cost money, so if the price is way lower than the higher priced products then it simply can’t be good quality.
Probiotic’s without prebiotics?
As important as probiotics are in our intestinal tract, they simply are not self-supporting, and can’t get too far without the nutrients which prebiotics provide. There aren’t any natural foods that contain probiotics, they are just a beneficial bacteria that live in our gut. Probiotic supplements are manmade from a process called fermentation, like that of yogurt and any pickled vegetable.
Prebiotics are found in natural foods we eat, mostly in a wide variety of whole-grains, fruits, and vegetables. So even if probiotic supplements aren’t taken, the prebiotics will support the already-existing probiotic bacteria inside us.