Different probiotic supplements can be specifically formulated for very different needs
Which Probiotic should you use?
Not all probiotics are created equal…. different ‘strains’ of probiotics deliver different benefits. Thus, different probiotic supplements can be specifically formulated for very different needs. This can make choosing a probiotic supplement confusing. To help clear up some of the confusion, we’ve made it simple. Read on to find out: which probiotic should you use?
The below strains of bacteria have been shown to be beneficial in these particular instances:
|CONDITION||PROBIOTIC SPECIES||YOU SHOULD TRY:|
|Medically Diagnosed IBS||Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus plantarum||Restore Bowel and Colon|
|Support Daily Digestive Health||Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium lactis||Restore Daily|
|Complementary to Antibiotic Use||Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium lactis||Restore 30 Billion or Restore Daily|
|Boost Immunity||Howaru Bifido||Restore 30 Billion|
MORE TIPS ON CHOOSING A PROBIOTIC
Choose a probiotic supplement that best suits your needs and your particular Health needs at any given time. Simply look for the appropriate strains on the product label, or ask your doctor or pharmacist for assistance. Also keep these helpful tips in mind:
1. Check the Expiry Date. Probiotics are living organisms and some probiotic supplements’ strength can be reduced after sitting on a shelf for a long time. Look for a probiotic supplement that has a longer shelf life / is fresher.
2. Check that the probiotic comes with some kind of prebiotic, such as inulin. A prebiotic provides “food” for the bacteria in the probiotic supplement. This helps to maximise the amount of beneficial bacteria that survive the journey to the intestine.
3. Lastly, always read the label and keep in mind that if symptoms persist, it’s important to consult a doctor.
– Sullivan, A., Barkholt., & Nord C.E. (2003) Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium lactis and Lactobacillus F19 prevent antibiotic-associated ecological disturbances of Bacteroides fragilis in the intestine. Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. 52 (2).
– Isolauri, E., Sutas,Y., Kankaanpaa, P., Arvilommi, H., & Salminen, S. (2009) Probiotics: effects on immunity. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
– Gill, H.S., Rutherfurd, K.J., & Cross, M.L. (2001) Dietary probiotic supplementation enhances natural killer cell activity in the elderly: an investigation of age-related immunological changes. Journal of Clinical Immunology. (21).
– Dupont, H.L. (2014) Review article: evidence for the role of gut microbiota in irritable bowel syndrome and its potential influence on therapeutic targets. Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
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