Many of you may not be familiar with the term probiotic and even those of you who have heard the word tossed around lately may not know exactly what it is. You may have seen a dozen or so television commercials promoting probiotic goodness but still aren’t quite sure what probiotics are all about.
According to WebMD.com the definition of probiotic would be that “Probiotics are microorganisms such as bacteria or yeast that are believed to improve health.” In clinical studies it has been proven that specific probiotics may have healthy and positive effects on allergies, eczema, vaginal health in women, the digestive system and your immune system. Regular use of probiotics can also help in the fight against colon cancer and that right there is a huge deal.
Probiotics can be found in certain dairy products such as yogurt for example which contains two types of probiotic bacteria lactobacilli and bifidobacteria. However, if someone is lactose intolerant or just isn’t fond of yogurt there are other ways to get probiotics into your diet. The easiest way to start off on the probiotic journey would be by taking a probiotic supplement. It is important that you are familiar with probiotics in general so that you purchase ones that are good for you and worth your money. As with everything else in this world there will be products that are advertised as being the best probiotic supplement for least amount of money and the old adage fits well here, you get what you pay for.
After completing quite a bit of research on the topic of probiotics I have compiled a listing of the three most popular, and highest rated probiotics. The list is based on probiotics that offer the best scientific support, dosing convenience, multiple probiotic strains included, effectiveness, and culture count.
The number one choice of probiotic supplements would be Ultimate Flora Critical Care 50 Billion. It has been voted America’s #1 probiotic by “Vitamin Retailer” magazine for the last two years and is the most effective probiotic on the market today by far. This multi-strain formula includes 30 billion active Bifidobacteria which makes it a great choice when using for colon health and regularity so it is a perfect supplement for those with digestive tract issues. These capsules are all natural with no fillers or binders and they are approved for those 15 and up.
Choice #2 is called Ultimate Flora Vaginal 50 Billion again due to its effectiveness, multiple probiotic strains, high culture count, scientific support and ease of dosing. This probiotic supplement is by far the best choice for women as its formula promotes urinary tract health and vaginal health in general with the Lactobacilli. Daily use of this product can also prevent yeast infections by stunting the growth of the bacteria and yeast that causes the infection. As with our first choice this supplement, which is manufactured by the same company “Renew Life”, also includes no fillers or binders.
Our third choice was created by microbiologist Iichiroh Ohhira, PhD and is called Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics 12 Plus. As with our first two choices considerations was taken for dosage convenience, scientific support, high culture count, effectiveness, and multiple strains. This probiotic supplement is a great choice for people who want the added benefits of herbs, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. The only down side to using this supplement is that for your first bottle (60 capsules) you need to take 10 capsules per day. After the first six days you will take 2-4 capsules daily depending upon your preferences but you want to give the supplement a chance to enter your system and start to work. This product is also all natural and contains no additives or preservatives.
As you can see choosing the proper probiotic supplement can really all depend on what your goals are in using a supplement. As with most products if you are pregnant or nursing you should check with your physician before taking a probiotic. You should always follow the dosing instructions given on each bottle and it’s always a good idea to begin with the lowest possible dose and build up to the maximum because each individual’s body will handle probiotics in their own way. Probiotics are all in all generally well tolerated and side effects if any could include gastrointestinal problems and constipation.