What’s the best probiotic?

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7 Answers

  1. lamattson wrote on :

    I need to share this wth a friend who has been having strange stomach problems. Thanks, Ann! Lee

  2. Nancy Ortiz wrote on :

    I agree with dietfitnessdiva – dietary supplements are poorly regulated due to the passing of the DSHEA 1994. When they have analyzed them, many did not pass – the billion that you want in your probiotic. Many bacteria won’t pass through the acidic stomach which renders them useless. To say there is a best depends on what is needed. Most of your stool is made up of bacteria. Eating a variety of yogurts, kefir, pickles, and sauerkraut should be sufficient for a healthy adult. If there is a gastrointestinal illness or disease it is best to talk to an MD and/or Registered Dietitian for a suggestion that is specific to your condition. Don’t ask at a health food store – it can be very misleading and they are not health professionals.

  3. Denise A Wind wrote on :

    I like to reccommend New Chapter Organics Probiotic /All Flora. It has nine Live probiotic strains delivered in a whole food media. It is non-dairy base and vegetarian. I have used these for years and I am very pleased with thier performance! Always check with your holistic doctor first.

  4. Ann Rosenstein wrote on :

    Welcome to Fab Over Fifty! Probiotics are naturally occurring bacteria found in the intestines. These bacteria help stabilize bacterial growth and are essential to a healthy intestine. Probiotics are sometimes used to treat intestinal and stomach ailments. Probiotics can be found in food or taken as a supplement.
    First determine if you really need additional probiotics by consulting your primary care giver. Remember, just because a food or product becomes popular doesn’t mean you really need it or need more of it. If you do in fact need probiotics, it is best to get it from whole natural food sources instead of in a pill.

    Since these bacteria occur naturally, many are found in foods such as yogurt, soft cheeses and pickles. One of the best yogurts is Greek yogurt. Add your own berries or other fruit to a serving and you will have a great source of probiotics that tastes great! Soft cheeses like brie or camembert are another delicious source of probiotics.

    Probiotics are also available as dietary supplements in pill form. Supplements that are over the counter are not well regulated. I don’t think you want to experiment with your body to see how these work. Supplements should not be underestimated and the potential effects of supplements can be harmful. Deciding if you should take probiotics requires examination of your lifestyle, eating habits and medical issues as well as consultation with your doctor. Your doctor knows your medical history, what you can handle safely and whether or not you should use supplements. Don’t underestimate probiotics or supplements, your caregiver should be involved in that decision.

    • wrote on :

      I was hoping for a more progressively-minded response.

    • Martha Mims wrote on :

      This question caught my eye as I was browsing. Thanks for your sensible and informative answer.

    • Lina Perl wrote on :

      Hi Sotoelle – Can you explain what you mean by “progressive”? I thought this answer was very thorough and helpful…

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