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Probiotics Review (Including Kombucha and Pet Supplements)

Which Probiotic Supplements and Drinks Are Best?

CL Tests Reveal the Best Probiotic Supplements and Probiotic Drink for You (and your pet)!

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Brands compared in report

Align
Country Life Acidophilus
Culturelle
CVS Health Women's Probiotic
Doctors Foster And Smith Probiotic - For Dogs and Cats
Enzymatic Therapy Probiotic Pearls
EvoraPlus
FloraStor
Garden of Life Dr. Formulated Probiotics Women's
Genestra Brands HMF Intensive
Gerber Soothe Probiotic Colic Drops
GT'S Kombucha Gingerade
HUM Gut Instinct
Hyperbiotics Pro-15
InnovixLabs Chewable Probiotic
Jamieson Probiotic Sticks
Jarrow Formulas Jarro-Dophilus Probiotic Women 5
Jarrow Formulas Jarro-Dophilus Probiotics Infant
KeVita Sparkling Probiotic Drink
Klaire Labs Ther-Biotic
Kyo-Dophilus
Latta Kombucha Green Tea Lemon Balm
LoveBug Probiotics Yeast is a Beast
Nature's Way Primadophilus Fortify Age 50+
Nature's Way Primadophilus Optima
Olly Pure Probiotic
Pet Ultimate’s Probiotics for Cats
Pure Encapsulations Probiotics 5
Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets FortiFlora for Dogs
Radiance Acidophilus With Pectin
Schiff Digestive Advantage Gas Defense Formula
Smarty Pants Kids Probiotic Complete
Solgar Advanced 40+ Acidophilus
Spring Valley [Walmart] Acidophilus
Swanson Probiotics
Swanson Ultra Hardy-Strain Probiotic
Trunature [Costco] Digestive Probiotics
UP4 Probiotics Children's
USANA Probiotic
Vitamin World Probiotic 10
VSL#3

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More about this report

With so many different probiotic supplements on the market providing different amounts and strains, how do you know which provides the best quality and is right for you? And how do probiotic drinks, like kombuchas, compare? How many probiotic cells do they contain, do they offer the same benefits as a supplement — and how do they taste? 

If you are taking a probiotic to help with a specific condition, it is important that you first select a probiotic that provides the specific bacteria or yeast shown to help with your condition, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), abdominal pain, colic in infants, infections, diarrhea, cold and flu, and even high cholesterol, anxiety, mania, dandruff, and weight control. Our report explains the clinical evidence and what to look for to suit your needs. 

And, you'll need to know if the product contains its listed amount of viable (living) probiotic organisms. While our tests identified many high quality probiotic supplements, we also found huge differences in the number of viable cells products provided in a daily serving -- from just 100 million to 1.8 trillion!

We also found one product for pets contained just 5.3% of its listed number of cells.

Among the probiotic supplements that passed our laboratory tests, provided good amounts of viable cells and were well priced, we selected our Top Picks, including products for digestive health, products for women children, pets and oral health. 

We also selected a Top Pick among probiotic-containing drinks which also provided a good amount of viable cells, passed our tests of quality and was judged favorably in our taste tests. 

You must be a ConsumerLab.com member to get the full test results along with ConsumerLab.com's Top Picks and ConsumerTips on how to choose and use probiotic supplements and drinks. You'll get results for 38 probiotic supplements (including three for pets): 21 selected by ConsumerLab.com and 17 others that passed the same testing in our voluntary Quality Certification Program. You'll also get results for three probiotic-containing drinks, including two kombuchas. In our report, you'll learn: 

    • ConsumerLab.com's Top Picks for probiotic supplements, kombuchas and probiotic drinks based on quality, and value
    • Which probiotics supplements, kombuchas and probiotic drinks passed or failed our tests and how many viable cells they contained
    • Which probiotic bacteria or yeasts have been shown effective for treating or preventing specific conditions, and at what dose. These microorganisms include Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus GG, Bifidobacterium infantis, Saccharomyces boulardii, and many others
    • Price comparisons of probiotics, kombuchas and probiotic drinks
    • Ingredient comparisons and what to look out for on probiotic labels
    • What prebiotics (often included in probiotics) can and cannot do, and how to get them from supplements and foods
    • Tips on how to use probiotics — and store them to last longer  
    • Concerns, cautions, and potential side effects of probiotics and probiotic-containing drinks -- including concerns for people with milk allergies

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