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Product Review: Probiotics (Including Kombucha and Pet Supplements)
 

Initial Posting: 6/23/18 
Probiotic Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

Choosing the Best Probiotic Supplement

Find the Best Probiotic Supplement or Probiotic Drink for You (and your pet)!



Probiotic supplements, kombuchas and probiotic drinks compared in this review
Align InnovixLabs Chewable Probiotic Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets FortiFlora for Dogs
Country Life Acidophilus Jamieson Probiotic Sticks Radiance Acidophilus With Pectin
Culturelle Jarrow Formulas Jarro-Dophilus Probiotic Women 5 Schiff Digestive Advantage Gas Defense Formula
CVS Health Women's Probiotic Jarrow Formulas Jarro-Dophilus Probiotics Infant Smarty Pants Kids Probiotic Complete
Doctors Foster And Smith Probiotic - For Dogs and Cats KeVita Sparkling Probiotic Drink Solgar Advanced 40+ Acidophilus
Enzymatic Therapy Probiotic Pearls Klaire Labs Ther-Biotic Spring Valley [Walmart] Acidophilus
EvoraPlus Kyo-Dophilus Swanson Probiotics
FloraStor Latta Kombucha Green Tea Lemon Balm Swanson Ultra Hardy-Strain Probiotic
Garden of Life Dr. Formulated Probiotics Women's LoveBug Probiotics Yeast is a Beast Trunature [Costco] Digestive Probiotics
Genestra Brands HMF Intensive Nature's Way Primadophilus Fortify Age 50+ UP4 Probiotics Children's
Gerber Soothe Probiotic Colic Drops Nature's Way Primadophilus Optima USANA Probiotic
GT'S Kombucha Gingerade Olly Pure Probiotic Vitamin World Probiotic 10
HUM Gut Instinct Pet Ultimate's Probiotics for Cats VSL#3
Hyperbiotics Pro-15 Pure Encapsulations Probiotics 5  
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
Make sure the probiotic supplement you take passed our tests!
Isn't your health worth it?
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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ConsumerLab.com Answers -- for Probiotics (Including Kombucha and Pet Supplements)
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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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Are enteric coated supplements better than non-enteric coated ones? 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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Can probiotics help lower cholesterol? 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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Which supplements have been shown to be helpful for autism? Get the answer >>

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Which supplements are best for seasonal allergies? 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 >>

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

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My dog is getting older and his veterinarian recently recommended giving him a glucosamine supplement for his joints. Has ConsumerLab.com tested these, or other supplements for pets? Get the answer >>

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

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Do probiotics really help prevent or treat vaginal yeast infections? Get the answer >>

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Which supplements can help to lower blood pressure? Get the answer >>

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Do any supplements help for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)? Get the answer >>

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Can a probiotic help men with prostatitis? Get the answer >>

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I developed a rash soon after starting a probiotic. Is it possible to be allergic to probiotics? Get the answer >>

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Do probiotics help with lactose intolerance? Get the answer >>

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Are lozenges and sublingual pills considered dietary supplements? Get the answer >>

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Which supplements can help with indigestion and/or heartburn? Get the answer >>

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Are there any supplements I should avoid when taking an antibiotic? Are there any that may be helpful? Get the answer >>

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Is the probiotic "Milk Test," as described on many websites, really an effective way to test the quality of the bacteria in probiotic supplements at home? Get the answer >>

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Which supplements can help lower or control my blood sugar? Get the answer >>

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With probiotics, how many CFUs should I look for as the dose? Is more necessarily better? Get the answer >>

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What is the difference between the "Best By" date and the "Date of Manufacture" on a supplement label? How do I know how long my supplement will last before it "goes bad"? Get the answer >>

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Is it true that yogurt and kefir can trigger migraines? Get the answer >>

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Do any supplements help for ulcerative colitis? Get the answer >>

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I read that aging lowers the body's capacity to produce vitamin D. Even regular sun exposure will not suffice and one may have to take a vitamin D3 supplement during old age to meet our body's regular requirements. Please comment on this. Get the answer >>

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Which supplements help with depression and anxiety? Get the answer >>

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Are "medical foods" such as VSL 3, proven to work? Does the FDA approve them? Get the answer >>
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