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Product Review: Probiotics for Adults, Children and Pets
 

Initial Posting: 11/23/13  Last Update: 7/22/15
Probiotic Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com
30% of Probiotic Supplements Fall Short on
Listed Amounts of Helpful Organisms

Find Out What's Really in Your Probiotic (and Your Pet's)!


Probiotic supplements compared in this review
21st Century High Potency Acidophilus Probiotic Blend Kyo-Dophilus Renew Life Ultimate Flora Adult Formula
Accuflora Advanced CD Probiotic Acidophilus Lee Swanson Genetic Designed Nutrition Ultimate Probiotic Formula Renew Life Ultimate Flora Critical Care
Align Metagenics UltraFlora Advanced RepHresh Pro-B
Best Pet Health Probiotics with Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil for Dogs and Cats Nature Made Digestive Health Probiotic Rexall Probiotic Acidophilus
Culturelle Nature's Answer For Kids Probiotics Schiff Digestive Advantage Daily Probiotic
CVS/pharmacy Probiotic Acidophilus Nature's Bounty Advanced Probiotic 10 Sedona Labs iFlora Multi-Probiotics
Dr. David Williams Probiotic Advantage Nature's Plus Animal Parade AcidophiKid Solgar Advanced Multi-Billion Dophilus
Dr. Mercola Complete Probiotics NOW Gr8-Dophilus Spring Valley Probiotic Acidophilus
Enzymatic Therapy Acidophilus Pearls Nutri-Health Flora Source Multi Probiotic TruBiotic
FloraStor Kids Nutrition Now PB8 Trunature (Costco) Chewable Probiotic
Garden of Life Raw Probiotics Ultimate Care Only Natural Pet Probiotic Blend UAS Laboratories DDS Plus 3
GNC Ultra 30 Probiotic Complex Women's Petco Digestive Enzymes & Probiotics For Dogs USANA Probiotic
GNC Ultra Probiotic Complex 25 Phillips' Colon Health Vitacost Probiotic 15-35
Jarro-Dophilus EPS Puritan's Pride ProBiotic 10 Vitamin World Probiotic 10
Jarrow Formulas Senior Jarro-Dophilus Renew Life Ultimate Flora VSL#3
Make sure the probiotic supplement you take passed our tests!
Isn't your health worth it?
Which are the best probiotic supplements? This product review report will help you find out.

As explained in the report, 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), other abdominal pain, vaginal infection, H. pyloriinfection, forms of diarrhea, cold and flu, and even high cholesterol, anxiety, and weight issues. 
 
What's more, you need to know the proper dosage. The amount of cells provided by probiotic products in this review alone ranged by more than 900,000%, from just a few million per daily serving, to as much as 900 billion!
 
You also need to know if the product actually contains its listed amount of viable (living) probiotic organisms. Our tests found five probiotics for adults or children which did not -- they contained only 16.3% to 55.8% of what was listed on their labels. If you own a pet, be aware that among probiotics for dogs or cats, one contained only 42.9% of the claimed amount; another (which didn't list even an amount) had only a relatively tiny number of organisms; and we found a third was recently reformulated to contain just 2% of the organisms it used to provide.

Fortunately, we also found many probiotics with the number of organisms they claimed -- typically billions. We also checked to make sure these products were not contaminated with other organisms, such as molds and certain disease-causing bacteria.
 
Probiotics tend to be expensive (averaging nearly $1 per day and costing as much as $6 per day), so we show which offer good value, including some which provide billions of organisms for 20 cents or less per day.

If you are trying to find the best probiotic for your needs, read this report about probiotic supplements for adults and children, and even for small pets including dogs and cats. You'll get test results for 43 probiotic products -- 22 selected by ConsumerLab.com for review and 21 others that passed voluntary quality certification testing, as well as information about two supplements similar to one that passed testing. You'll learn:
    • Which probiotics supplements 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 probiotic supplements
    • Detailed ingredient comparisons and what to look out for on probiotic labels
    • Tips on how to use probiotics — and store them to last longer 
    • Concerns, cautions, and potential side effects of probiotics -- including concerns for people with milk allergies  

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ConsumerLab.com Answers -- for Probiotics for Adults, Children and Pets
Question:
I am curious why some probiotics do not require refrigeration even though they contain some of the same bacteria in probiotics that require refrigeration? Which probiotics need to be refrigerated? Get the answer >>

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When is the best time to take probiotics to prevent diarrhea from antibiotics - before, during, or after the course of antibiotic treatment? Get the answer >>

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Have you heard of the probiotic, Keybiotics? Does it do what it claims, and is it worth the money they charge? Get the answer >>

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The probiotic I am taking looks pink. Does this mean it is spoiled or no longer "active"? Get the answer >>

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Is it best to take probiotic supplements with or without food? It seems like everyone has a different recommendation. Get the answer >>

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Once I've taken probiotics for a few months, will the positive bacteria remain in my system, or do I have to keep taking them? Get the answer >>

Question:
I've seen the bacteria in Activia listed as Bifidobacterium animalis, Bifidobacterium lactis and Bifidus Regularis. Which is correct? Get the answer >>

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What is Lactospore? I see it is an ingredient in some probiotic supplements. Get the answer >>

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I have low blood pressure. Are there any supplements I should avoid? Get the answer >>

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How do I choose the best probiotic supplement? There are so many different strains of bacteria! Get the answer >>

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Is it true that NAC can help clear nasal passages? Get the answer >>

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Do probiotics that come in different forms, like gum or lozenges, really work? Get the answer >>

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Do probiotics have to be enterically coated to be effective? Get the answer >>

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Which supplements have been shown to be helpful for autism? Get the answer >>

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Do any supplements help with seasonal allergies? Get the answer >>

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Are enterically coated supplements better than non-enterically coated ones? Get the answer >>

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Do any supplements help relieve stress? Get the answer >>

Question:
I eat one to two cups of Greek yogurt every day. Do I still need to take a probiotic supplement? Get the answer >>

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Do any supplements help with gum disease or periodontitis? Get the answer >>
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