How do you know which probiotic is the best? Personally, I have been relying on packaging to make my informative decision. If the pretty labels say “Probiotic” and the price is right, I am buying! I have done it for years, but it’s time to learn more about the “probiotic” game. I was able to ask Isabele Chevalier, Co-President of Bio-K+ International Inc on the topic.
Bio-K+ International Inc. is a biotechnology company founded in 1994. Bio-K+ International specializes in the production, marketing, and distribution of 100% probiotic products devoted to promoting health and ensuring the quality of life. The company distributes its products in natural food stores, pharmacies, and supermarkets across North America. For more information, please visit www.biokplus.com.
How Can Adults and Kids Benefit from Taking Probiotic
Probiotics provide a health benefit because they decrease the population of illness/disease-causing microorganisms. Essentially, they crowd out the bad bacteria and replace it with good bacteria. Here are some of the benefits associated with the intake of good bacteria or probiotics:
- Contribute to good digestive health
- Support natural defenses
- Promote the balance of intestinal flora
- Regulate intestinal functions
- Treat or prevent infectious diarrhea and help with re-hydration
- Alleviate symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn’s disease
- Prevent travelers’ diarrhea
- Treat vaginal infections and decrease recurrence
How to Pick the Right Probiotic
Probiotics are full of living microorganisms and must remain so to be effective for quality control. Choose probiotics with scientifically documented strains. Make sure that the clinical trials have been conducted on the finished product, as it is sold in stores, and not just on the individual strains in the particular probiotic formulation. You should also note that the bacteria count is guaranteed at the expiration date of the product (not just production date).
Make certain that if you’re purchasing freeze-dried probiotic supplements like capsules, tablets, and powders, you choose one with an enteric coating so the probiotic will survive stomach acid and bile salts. If the probiotic is not enteric coated, the capsule and bacteria are likely to be destroyed before they have a chance to reach the intestine. This is generally less of a concern with fresh, cultured liquid probiotics.
As there still seems to be a lot of confusion about brands with “added probiotics,” consumers need to check labels. Make sure that the particular product contains enough probiotics to be effective and that it’s supported by published clinical studies to ensure its efficacy. As the industry is not regulated as well as perhaps it should be, manufacturers can add just a drop of probiotic, and make the claim of “added probiotics”. However, as we know, you need billions of bacteria to have the benefits of probiotics. We always advise reading the label to see how many CFU’s (colony forming units) the product contains, and if it’s guaranteed for the entire shelf life of the product. If you can’t find this information, there might not be any probiotic benefit.
How is Bio-K different from other probiotics?
Bio-K+ provides a unique and patented probiotic formula whose efficacy is supported by published clinical studies. Most of our products guarantee a minimum of 50 billion CFU right until the best before the date and we’re one of the few companies whose primary bacteria is acidophilus. Bio-K+ has been trusted by consumers and recommended by health professionals for well over a decade.
FTC Disclosure: I received the product(s) mentioned above free of charge by the company or PR representative in order to conduct an honest review. I was not compensated in any other way for this post. The thoughts, experiences, and opinions are entirely my own. I am not liable for any issues you may incur from use of said product(s).
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