What is the Best Probiotic Supplement?
Getting the right probiotic supplements that will work for you can be hit and miss. It’s all about the type and quality of the different bacteria strains that are used in each product and so some knowledge on the consumers part is necessary if you want to get one that is not only high quality, but that will give you anything at all in the way of health benefits, otherwise what’s the point?
How to spot quality, or lack of it
First of all, since many people look to price when comparing products, as far as probiotic supplements are concerned, a product costing considerably less than all others can be a sure sign of a cheap, inferior product that won’t do a thing for you.
When a manufacturer is legitimately involved in good practices such as research and developing quality bacteria strains, using effective ingredients, properly vacuum-sealed packaging, all these things cost money so you can be sure a low priced product has short changed you in some, if not all these points.
High quality probiotic supplements will always specify on the label the type and amount of the live bacteria they contain. This is normally measured in millions or billions, and is known as the viability count of the microorganisms they contain. If a product contains less than 1 billion live cells it’s not worth much.
Go for higher dosages between 10 and 20 billion, especially if you’re taking them with or just after antibiotics. The two more common strains are Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bifidum.
Of the several types of bacteria that are used and that will have any effect on you personally, there’s no way of knowing unless you were to test it out for yourself. Some people respond to one type while others will not be affected by the same one. Look at specific products for how many types of bacteria strains they include, the more variety the better chances one will work. Go for bigger numbers as well.
Is it all just a waste of time and money?
Well, it depends. Some people simply ingest probiotic supplements to change their digestive condition without any other dietary changes along with it. This could be a waste of time because probiotics are not self-supporting. That means they need to be feed and what they eat is the nutrients that prebiotics provide.
To change your microflora environment positively with the exploded growth of friendly bacteria, you need prebiotics to get the job done, or else just adding more probiotics in the way of supplements won’t really do anything.
Scientific research focuses more on prebiotics
Have you noticed that even yogurt products now have added prebiotics to their already existing probiotic products? Researchers have a big interest in prebiotics and it’s not because it’s some new dietary fad. It’s definitely here to stay because of the exciting information they are starting to uncover; what happens in our intestines, good or bad, has major consequences to our health. Recent research has shown how prebiotic substances have the ability to:
- help us with weight control more easily
- balance blood sugar and cholesterol levels
- speed up transit time of waste
- ease symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease
- stop dangerous bacteria from sticking to the intestinal wall which may have a significant effect in preventing colon cancer
Beyond these solid studies, there has also been others that have shown some proof already that prebiotics have a positive effect on increasing immune system performance, and improve heart health.
Balance is the key – stop the bad while promoting the good
The key to good intestinal health is all about inhibiting the growth of our dangerous bacteria while feeding and promoting the beneficial bacteria, also known as probiotics. Unlike probiotics, prebiotics are found naturally in foods such as kiwifruit, raw onions, unrefined wheat, raw oats, unrefined barley, and many other fruits and vegetables.
The perfect solution?
Many of us simply don’t include nearly enough of these foods in our regular, modern high processed diet. What research has discovered is that the kiwifruit contains a perfect combination of nutrients and prebiotic substances to make it a “prebiotic superfood” and a natural supplement company in New Zealand has developed a new product that is made entirely from the kiwifruit.
The product is MX Kiwi Biotic and it solves the problem of trying to find all the prebiotic nutrients we need from a lot of foods most of us don’t either like or will hardly ever eat.
For the full story on Kiwi Biotic please visit www.Maxalife.com for more information than we could possibly give you here.