Since the release of our newest supplement, Go Healthy Natural's Premium Probiotic, many of our customers are wondering why our probiotics are better than others. Great question! Here is a list of 7 questions you should consider before you purchase probiotics:
1. Strains - How many and which strains are used in the blend? Make sure they contain safe and clinically proven strains. Choose multiple strains that are already prevalent in your digestive tract: Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium lactis, Bifidobacterium bifidum, Bifidobacterium longum, are some that are recommended.
2. How many Billions of Colony Forming Units (CFUs) of probiotics are in the supplement? Many Healthcare Professionals recommend 1 - 10 Billion CFUs each day. Look for delayed or targeted release probiotics to make sure they make it through the stomach bile and acid.
3. Is the probiotic allergy friendly and why that matters? Beware, there are many probiotics which contain unhealthy ingredients and allergens. Shop for probiotics which contain NO Yeast, Maltodextrin, Gluten, Magnesium Stearate, Soy, Wheat, Eggs, Sugar, Salt, Animal Derivatives, Artificial Flavors or Preservatives. Look for 100% Vegetarian - Vegetable Capsules.
4. Is it formulated using acid and bile resistant strains? Many probiotics contain strains which never reach your digestive tract in an active state. They never make it through the stomach bile and acid.
5. Are they using delayed or targeted release veggie capsules? This helps protect probiotics from stomach acid, safely delivering them to the intestines for maximum product benefit.
6. Does the probiotic formula include prebiotics? The goal is to keep the good bacteria in an inactive state until it reaches your intestines. Probiotics become activated when they come into contact with moisture and oxygen. If that occurs, they need food (prebiotics) in order to stay active. Look for a prebiotic with a combination of Sunfiber® & FOS which enhances probiotic efficacy.
7. Are the probiotics shelf stable? If you purchase a probiotic which is not formulated to be shelf stable, be aware that unless they have been refrigerated throughout the complete shipping cycle, many if not all may be inactive and should not be ingested. Shop for a moisture controlling bottle and oxygen removal system which delivers additional product stability to packaged probiotics.
So, next time you shop for probiotics, don't be fooled by the hype of huge numbers (CFUs & Strains). instead, read the other ingredients, check for the type of strains and make sure they are shelf stable. Listen to your gut!