There are so many kinds of probiotics on the market and they all sound great. Each company claims that their products are the best for you. In fact, supplements are just like food, one kind doesn’t satisfy everyone. Different brands may work well to some people, whereas, another kind suits different people.
Ultimately, the reasons why people take probiotics are: 1) maintenance of healthy gut flora for overall health, 2) strengthen immune system, 3) help control diarrhea and constipation, 4) support the digestive health to decrease gas and bloating, and 5) replenishment of the beneficial bacteria after the course of antibiotic use. You need to look for the right kind of probiotics for your needs, because all probiotics are made differently to give various health benefits.
Here are 5 tips to look for the right kind of Probiotics:
- Culture count – Probiotics are measured in colony-forming units(CFU) which are the number of live culture bacteria in a probiotic. If you are taking a probiotic for general health, 2 to 6 billion CFU may be sufficient. If you are having health issues which need to be treated, a high potency probiotic of 50 to 100 billion CFU may be helpful.
- Number and type of strains – Since each strain works differently, it is important to choose a probiotic with various strains. Your probiotics should contain both Bifidobacterial (large intestine) and Lactobacillus (small intestine) for diversity. The more strains are in your intestinal system, the better chances of delivering health benefits to you.
- Targeted formulas – Some probiotics are formulated for specific needs. For example: baby’s, children’s, women’s, senior’s, critical care, and so on.
- Delivery system – Since most bacteria hardly survive in the harsh environment of the high stomach acid, your probiotics should have a delivery system. Look for the products with an enteric coated capsule or bio-tract tablet.
- Guaranteed potency – The product should state the potency guaranteed at expiry, not at the date of manufacture. Since probiotics contain live culture bacteria, they should be stored in a fridge for longer potency.
Supplements brands are so many and each one claims theirs is the best. However, there is no one right probiotics for everyone, because each brand works differently on various people. What works for me may not work for you.
To establish good gut health, it may take some time. In the mean time, rotating probiotic supplements is another tip to help find the right kind for you and also to increase the diversity of beneficial bacteria in your intestinal system.
All is well and all the best!