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Probiotic supplements, kombuchas and probiotic drinks compared in this review

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Align Probiotic

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Bayer Phillips' Colon Health Daily Probiotic

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Culturelle Probiotics Digestive Health

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Dr. Mercola Complete Probiotics

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Florastor

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Garden of Life Dr. Formulated Probiotics Once Daily Women's

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Garden of Life RAW Probiotics Ultimate Care

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Gerber Soothe Probiotic Colic Drops

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GNC Probiotic Complex

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GNC Probiotic Solutions Women's

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GoodBelly Probiotics Infused - Watermelon Lime

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Hyperbiotics Pro-Women

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Jamieson Probiotic 5 Billion

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Jarrow Formulas Jarro-Dophilus Infant

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Jarrow Formulas Jarro-Dophilus Women

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Klaire Labs Pro-Biotic Complex

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Kyo-Dophilus Max Probiotic

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Mary Ruth's Liquid Probiotic - Unflavored

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Nature's Bounty Probiotic Gummies - Pineapple, Raspberry & Orange Flavored Gummies

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Nature's Way Fortify Everyday Care 30 Billion

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New Rhythm Probiotics 50 Billion CFU

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Nutrifii Probiotiix

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PB8 Probiotic

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ProBiora Plus - Mint

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Pure Encapsulations Probiotic G.I.

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RepHresh Pro-B

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Rx Vitamins for Pets RxBiotic

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Schiff Digestive Advantage

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Seeking Health ProBiota HistaminX

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Smarty Pants Kids Probiotic Complete - Grape

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Solgar Probi 20 Billion

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Spring Valley Acidophilus

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Trunature Advanced Digestive Probiotic

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Up4 Probiotic Kids Cubes - Soft + Yummy Vanilla Melts

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USANA Probiotic

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VetriScience Vetri Mega Probiotic

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Visbiome

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Zesty Paws Probiotic Bites - Pumpkin Flavor - Dogs All Ages

Summary

What are probiotics? Probiotics are viable (living or hibernating) bacteria and/or yeasts that confer a health benefit. Probiotics are sold as cultured foods and beverages, such as yogurts and kefirs, as well as in capsules, tablets, and powders.

What are the health benefits of probiotics? Certain probiotic strains may be helpful for constipation, bloating, diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome, while others may be helpful for throat and respiratory infections, and other uses.

What are the best probiotic supplements? We suggest that you check our Results table to find identify products "Approved" for quality in our testing. Then consider the following:

  • Choose a product that contains the type(s) and amounts of probiotic organism(s) shown to work for your condition. See the "What They Do" section and then check the Results table for products that contain that/those organism(s).
  • See our Top Picks for some of the most common uses of probiotics.
  • Be aware that there can be huge variation in the number of viable cells (CFUs) from product to product. Among products tested, this ranged from just 100 million to hundreds of billion! Typically, an adult probiotic should provide at least 1 billion cells daily — although, as discussed in the "What They Do" section, some probiotics have been shown to work at a lower dose.
  • Caution: If you have a milk allergy, be aware that trace amounts of milk proteins may occur in some probiotics (see Concerns and Cautions).

What are prebiotics and postbiotics? Prebiotics promote the growth of probiotic bacteria and may be beneficial for irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, blood sugar control, lowering cholesterol, and other conditions, although in some cases, results are mixed (see All About Prebiotics). Postbiotics include heat-killed probiotics as well as the byproducts of fermentation carried out by probiotic organisms. These may be beneficial for diarrhea, Crohn's disease, irritable bowel syndrome, weight loss, and preventing common colds (see All About Postbiotics).

Update

UPDATE (4/23/20):
CL was contacted this month by the company that makes one of the probiotics that was Not Approved in this Review due to two independent laboratories finding it to be contaminated. The company disputed CL's results, and we've offered the company an opportunity to retest the product at a third-party laboratory of mutual acceptance.
You must be a member to get the full test results along with ConsumerLab.com recommendations and quality ratings. You will get results for 38 probiotic supplements, including three products for pets. Twenty-three products were selected by ConsumerLab.com and 15 others are included for having passed testing in its voluntary Quality Certification Program.


  • Which probiotic supplements and drinks failed our tests and which ones passed
  • CL's Top Picks among probiotic supplements by category, including probiotic supplements for immune system health, diarrhea, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), women's health and for pets
  • 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 supplements and 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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