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 and 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 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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