4 Things to Look for in a Probiotic Supplement

Probiotics are everywhere. Chances are, you’ve seen them advertised on TV, in magazines, and touted in health books.

They’re one of the few supplements that have gained widespread fame and acceptance in western countries.

It’s little wonder why probiotics have gained so much traction and why so many people are utilizing them for the benefit of their health. Over the past decade, researchers have highlighted just how much probiotics affect our bodies. In fact, they affect nearly every part of your body, and scientists have discovered many of the ways in which probiotics exert their benefits.

The Benefits of Bacteria

How could probiotics, or beneficial bacteria that live in your gut, affect the health of your entire body? It’s just some bacteria living in your intestine!

You might be surprised that there are actually more bacteria in your gut than there are in the cells in your body. In a way, you are more bacteria than you are you!

Considering that you are largely made of bacteria, it should now make more sense that these bacteria profoundly affects the health of your body.

Researchers have shown how probiotics perform an array of roles in your body such as boosting your immune system and keeping inflammation from wreaking havoc. And the effects of probiotics reach nearly every part of your body, including your skin, brain, and immune system. Also, research has associated lack of good bacteria (and overgrowth of pathogens) in the gut microbiome with many diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease, cardiovascular disease, and asthma. 1

Probiotics also play a role in detoxifying your body from toxins like heavy metals. These good bacteria also ensure the absorption of essential B vitamins 2,3. Researchers have also seen improvements in the symptoms of cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s, and mood.

Thinking About Buying a Probiotic Supplement?

It could be very helpful! But make sure that you buy the right type of probiotic.

How do you make sure that you’re buying a probiotic that works?

Make sure that the probiotic you’re buying fulfills the requirements on this list, and you’ll be buying an effective product!

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The Good Probiotic Checklist

1. Stomach-Acid Protected

To work most effectively, probiotics have to make it alive past your stomach acid and into your intestines. Stomach acid can kill some strains of probiotics 4.

Although portions of some strains of probiotics can survive stomach acid, the most effective way to supplement and get benefits from all strains of probiotics is to have a formula of microbes that is protected against degradation by stomach acid and is delivered intact into the intestines.

A great way to protect probiotics from stomach acid is MAKTrek technology—a form of encapsulation that shields the pill’s contents from stomach acid.

In this form of encapsulation, probiotics are mixed into a brown seaweed extract and then encapsulated.

Shortly after the capsule comes into contact with stomach acid, it dissolves, but the seaweed protects the living probiotics in this acidic environment.  Having survived the stomach, these probiotics can be safely delivered into the intestines where the probiotics can exert their benefits.

Researchers have tested this form of encapsulation and conclude that it leads to an enormous increase in probiotic survivability (287 times that of other capsules) into the small intestine 18.  After exposure to harsh stomach acid, the probiotics are well protected.

2. High Potency

Since your gut holds such a vast ecosystem, it is important to take a probiotic that packs a punch.

You want to deliver a payload of probiotics to your gut that can have a therapeutic effect and not just be a drop in the ocean of trillions upon trillions of bacteria.

Many people have too many unhealthy (pathogenic) bacteria in their gut and are lacking healthy bacteria. Your gut should be flourishing with beneficial probiotics, but pollutants, processed food, stress, sedentary lifestyles, and unhealthy habits weaken the ecosystem in your gut.
You want a probiotic that can give you enough bacteria to help your gut flourish, and many probiotics only give a measly 1 billion CFU (colony forming units) to consumers. Contrast that with higher-quality formulations lending 40 billion CFU.

The symptoms of some conditions, like antibiotic-induced diarrhea (caused by probiotic kill-off), need to be addressed with higher dose probiotics 5.

You want a probiotic that can give you enough bacteria to help your gut flourish, and many probiotics only give a measly 1 billion CFU (colony forming units) to consumers. Contrast that with higher-quality formulations lending 40 billion CFU.

The symptoms of some conditions, like antibiotic-induced diarrhea (caused by probiotic kill-off), need to be addressed with higher dose probiotics 5.

Also, depending on your needs, you won’t have to take as many probiotic pills if the brand you’re using has a higher CFU count.

3. Contains the Right Strains of Probiotics

There is a variety of probiotics out there, and so it’s very important to take the most therapeutic strains of probiotics.

Lactobacillus is an important strain of probiotic because it effectively survives transport into the intestines and is a very durable strain of bacteria 4. Researchers also put emphasis on the specific strain, lactobacillus acidophilus, because it is widely known to be therapeutic6.  Lactobacillus acidophilus has been shown to enhance the immune system7.

Lactobacillus plantarum, another strain of lactobacillus, is especially helpful at soothing the intestines and benefiting people with irritable bowel syndrome8,9. There is evidence that this bacteria family could help with anxiety and reduce the chance of cardiovascular disease10,11.

Lactobacillus paracasei is another form of this effective lactobacillus strain, and evidence suggests it might have anti-allergy effects, health-promoting effects on skin, and antibacterial effects12,13,14,15.

Bifidobacterium lactis is another strain of probiotic that has been extensively studied, and one scientific review concludes that this strain is “documented” to improve function of the immune system16. This probiotic has also been proven to efficiently colonize in the intestines of humans 17.

It is important to pick a probiotic with strains like these that have been tested and evidenced to be beneficial to humans.

4. Contains Prebiotics

Prebiotics (as opposed to probiotics) are indigestible fibers that feed good bacteria in your gut and help them flourish. One way to intensify the effectiveness of a probiotic supplement is to put a prebiotic in it to promote the growth of the probiotics with which you’re supplementing.

Fructooligosaccharide is a powerful prebiotic that is found naturally in some foods like onions, artichokes, and garlic, and it helps good bacteria flourish 19. Fructooligosaccharide adds fuel to the fire—in a good way—to the health of your gut’s ecosystem.

Want a probiotic supplement that actually works?

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Evan Burns

MSC in Nutrition

Evan Burns

MSC in Nutrition

Evan has years of experience researching and writing about the health effects of food and nutritional supplements.

He is especially passionate about nutritional pharmacology and the bioavailability, efficacy, and actions of supplements. He wants to spread knowledge about how effective diet and supplements can be at treating ailments and promoting well-being.

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