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|