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Product Review: Probiotics for Adults, Children and Pets
 

Initial Posting: 11/23/13  Last Update: 4/20/14 
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 Metagenics UltraFlora Advanced Renew Life Ultimate Flora Critical Care
Accuflora Advanced CD Probiotic Acidophilus Nature Made Digestive Health Probiotic RepHresh Pro-B
Align Nature's Answer For Kids Probiotics Rexall Probiotic Acidophilus
Best Pet Health Probiotics with Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil for Dogs and Cats Nature's Bounty Advanced Probiotic 10 Schiff Digestive Advantage Daily Probiotic
Culturelle Nature's Plus Animal Parade AcidophiKid Sedona Labs iFlora Multi-Probiotics
CVS/pharmacy Probiotic Acidophilus NOW Gr8-Dophilus Solgar Advanced Multi-Billion Dophilus
Dr. David Williams Probiotic Advantage Nutri-Health Flora Source Multi Probiotic Spring Valley Probiotic Acidophilus
Dr. Mercola Complete Probiotics Nutrition Now PB8 TruBiotic
Enzymatic Therapy Acidophilus Pearls Only Natural Pet Probiotic Blend Trunature (Costco) Chewable Probiotic
FloraStor Kids Petco Digestive Enzymes & Probiotics For Dogs UAS Laboratories DDS Plus 3
Garden of Life Raw Probiotics Ultimate Care Phillips' Colon Health USANA Probiotic
Jarro-Dophilus EPS Puritan's Pride ProBiotic 10 Vitacost Probiotic 15-35
Jarrow Formulas Senior Jarro-Dophilus Renew Life Ultimate Flora Vitamin World Probiotic 10
Kyo-Dophilus Renew Life Ultimate Flora Adult Formula VSL#3
Lee Swanson Genetic Designed Nutrition Ultimate Probiotic Formula    
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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. pylori infection, forms of diarrhea, cold and flu, or even anxiety.
 
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 41 probiotic products -- 22 selected by ConsumerLab.com for review and 19 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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