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The Research: PROBIOTICS

Navigating the World of Living Microorganisms

Probiotics are a complicated topic. Probiotics are living microorganisms, mostly bacteria. The number of probiotic strains is vast and continues to grow as researchers explore and discover new beneficial microorganisms. 

Each probiotic strain has its distinct identity, identified by its unique name, which includes the genus, species, and often a specific alphanumeric designation. Among the most commonly utilized probiotic genera are Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, Saccharomyces, Streptococcus, Enterococcus, Escherichia, and Bacillus.

Research highlights: The most significant benefits of probiotics

Gastrointestinal Health: Probiotics have promising evidence for managing diarrhea, IBS, IBD, and antibiotic-related diarrhea.

Immune Function: Probiotics may boost the immune system and lower infection risk.

Skin Health: Ongoing studies for the potential of probiotics easing eczema symptoms.

Oral Health: There has been promising research on using probiotics to promote oral health and prevent dental issues.

Women’s Health: Probiotics have been studied for maintaining vaginal health and infection prevention.

Cardiovascular Health: Examined for effects on cholesterol and blood pressure.

Mental Health: Suggested role in mental well-being through gut health.

Zooming In: Making the most of probiotics

 

Numerous studies have evaluated probiotic strains’ potential effectiveness in various health areas and determined shelf life, absorption rate, and suggested dosage.

Fortunately, all this research has been incorporated into readily available commercial products, and ConsumerLab, an independent testing company, has conducted extensive reviews of numerous probiotic products, meticulously analyzing the available research.

Most commercial probiotic product labels clearly indicate the specific strain and its corresponding health benefits, combined with valuable guidelines from Consumer Reports, to make an informed decision when selecting a probiotic product.

Choosing a probiotic can be made easier by utilizing the probiotic product labels utilizing the guidelines provided by Consumer Reports.

Most product labels specify the particular strain and its associated health benefits. Consumer Labs  some guidelines include:

  • Taken daily: probiotics should provide at least 1 billion cells 
  • Take the probiotic at least 2 hours after the antibiotic
  • Check Labeled to determine whether refrigeration is required.

Consumer Lab tested a variety of commercial products and recommended products that: offered either the exact or more than the stated amounts of probiotics as listed on their labels; were free from any contamination by potentially harmful organisms; & ensured that the probiotics were fully coated and capable of breaking down effectively during the process of digestion.

The Product Review Section highlights the top Consumer Lab picks.

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THE RESEARCH: PROB...

Navigating The World Of Living Microorganisms. Probiotics are a complicated topic. Probiotics are living microorganisms, mostly bacteria. The number of probiotic strains is vast and continues to grow as...