The Probiotic Checklist – A Guide to Help You Find the Right Product.
Not all probiotics are the same. Just like people who look and act differently, there are different strains of probiotics that have different actions and roles within the human body. So how can you tell if the probiotic you are using is right for you? Or how do you choose the right probiotic when there are so many choices out there?
Are they quality probiotic strains?
You should look at what probiotic strains are in the product and make sure there is scientific evidence to support the strains use in human health. Strains such as Lactobacillus acidophilus (NCFM) and Bifidobacterium lactis (Bi-07) are two probiotic strains that have been widely studied and shown to aid human digestion and wellbeing. Their benefits include assisting in the maintenance of a normal healthy digestive and immune system.
Are the probiotic strains given at a therapeutic dose?
You should also consider the dose of each probiotic strain that is needed to achieve health benefits. The optimal dosage often differs depending on the specific probiotic strain and the condition being managed. For example, research has shown that when 25 billion Lactobacillus acidophilus (NCFM) and Bifidobacterium lactis (Bi-07) probiotic strains are combined they can help maintain a normal healthy gastrointestinal system, as well as digestive function. Whereas if Lactobacillus rhamnosus (LGG®) is taken at a dose of 20 billion organisms each day it has been shown to be effective in the prevention of eczema and reduction of eczema symptoms.
Is the probiotic stored in a stable environment?
How a probiotic is stored can have a huge impact on its effectiveness. Many probiotics are sensitive to temperature, moisture and light, and can die off when there is a change in these conditions. To ensure a product lasts through until its expiry date, you should look at using a probiotic that is stored in a stable environment, such as a fridge, where it isn’t subject to fluctuations in conditions.
How is the probiotic supplement manufactured?
The final thing you should look at when choosing a probiotic is how it is manufactured. For probiotics to work to their full potential they need to remain dormant until they reach our digestive systems. This means that they need to be manufactured in a controlled environment. Choosing a probiotic manufactured under such strict standards means you won’t get a probiotic that has been activated too early and you can expect more effective results once it is consumed.
Remember this checklist next time you’re wandering through the pharmacy or health food store to choose a probiotic supplement. This will allow you to get the most from your probiotic and help you achieve greater results.For more information on the Inner Health range visit www.innerhealth.com.au