Which Probiotics To Use and Why: 10 Healing Probiotics

Holistic health care professionals have known for decades that probiotics can boost your health. Recently probiotics have hit the mainstream market and can now be found in a host of products including bread and cereals, soup, energy bars and cheese. Their labels claim everything from fewer tummy aches to faster cold and flu recovery. As wonderful as probiotics are, they are not created equally and different strains have different jobs. Studies show a strain that helps digestive disorders, like Irritable Bowel Syndrome, will not heal skin conditions like eczema.
In a saturated market how is one to know which product to take and for what condition?
Here are 10 Probiotics and How They Help Heal

Product Microbial content Clinical data and claims
BioGaia ProBiotic Drops Lactobacillus reuteri ATCC 55730 These are packaged as drops, making it easy to give to babiesTreatment for colicky infants
Florastor, Medical Futures Inc Saccharomyces boulardii lyo Clinically shown to treat and help prevent diarrhea
Fem-Dophilius, Jarrow Formulas Lactobacillus rhamnousus GR-1 and Lactobacillus reuteri Prevents and treats urogenital infection such as yeast infection, bacterial infection, and urinary tract infection
RepHresh Pro-B, Lil Drug Store Lactobacillus rhamnousus GR-1 and Lactobacillus reuteri Prevents and treats urogenital infection such as yeast infection, bacterial infection, and urinary tract infection
Bio K, Bio-k pharma Lactobacillus acidophilus and Lactobacillus casei Has been proven to reduce the incidence of diarrhea associated with antibiotic use.Reduces the duration of colds

Supports healthy digestion

Advanced 4-Strain Pobiotic, Jamieson Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium lactis, Streptococcus thermophilus and Lactobacillus delbrueckii There is no clinical evidence to support the benefits of this product. Used for the general replenishment of bacteria
CulturedCare Probiotic Chewing gum Streptococcus salivarius Initial studies show benefits to treat bad breath
DanActive fermented milk drink, Danone Lactobacillus casei Shown to reduce duration of colds and help prevent diarrhea
HMF, Genestra Lactobacillus acidophilus (two human derived strains), Bifidobacterium bifidum, Bifidobacterium lactis, Fructo-oligo-saccharides Human derived strains seem to adhere better to the gastrointestinal tract and may work faster then strains developed from animals or dairyIt helps to re-colonize the intestinal walls compromised during and following the use of antibiotics, chemotherapy and radiation. HMF Replete is indicated for acute and severe intestinal disturbances,  Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and for autoimmune conditions such as multiple sclerosis, AIDS, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.
HLC Intensive Capsules,  Pharmax Lactobacillus acidophilus (CUL 60), Lactobacillus acidophilus (CUL 21), Bifidobacterium bifidum (CUL 20), Bifidobacterium lactis (CUL 34) This product is supported by clinical evidence showing a reduction of IBS symptoms

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Lisa Chilvers

Lisa Chilvers is a passionate Nutritionist, Natural Health Specialist, Rehabilitation Coach and Wellness Speaker. She is the co-founder of HolisticUnited.com and runs a busy clinical practice in Newmarket and Sarnia Ontario.

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June 26th, 2013 at 10:35 pm

I have been a believer of what probiotics can do to our body. It has helped me with my digestion and I have been taking it ever since. This is a nice list you have here and thanks for sharing.

Lisa Chilvers
September 21st, 2013 at 10:06 pm

Glad its helpful! I keep referring back to it again and again.

Rogelio Espinosa
September 9th, 2014 at 11:19 am

Lisa, what probiotics to take for distended stomach due to intolerance to bread and milk?
thanks for your answer

Lisa Chilvers
September 30th, 2014 at 4:49 pm

Sorry for the late reply

“What probiotics to take for distended stomach due to intolerance to bread and milk? ”

There is no probiotic recommendation I’m familiar with for your specific question.
Since I can’t comment on your specific case, i’ll speak in general terms.
Generally if you have a lactose intolerance than you would take a lactase enzyme. I recommend taking plant based digestive enzymes at every.
As for “bread”. The issue could be gluten, wheat, or grains in general. As long as you don’t have an allergy to gluten, a digestive enzyme would help with digestion of these foods. Another option is avoiding these food all together.

Saurabh Chowdhry
January 22nd, 2015 at 12:27 pm


I have lived with Multiple Sclerosis for almost 16 years now and have been rushed to the Hospital ER more than many times now. Which supplement do you advise for urinary tract infections and candida growth? Please advise.

Best regards,

Lisa Chilvers
January 24th, 2015 at 10:31 pm

I can’t comment on your specific condition. I think its best to speak with your healthcare provider. A basic probiotic will be beneficial to your over all health, including candida and infections. I’ve found the Genestra brand HMF to be a great product for my personal use.

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