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You already know probiotics play an important role in supporting digestive and immune health.* But with so many products to choose from, what factors are important when it comes to choosing an effective probiotic supplement? Here are a few quick basics:

  • Look at the culture count to determine the strength or potency of a probiotic. Did you know there are 100 trillion bacteria inside your digestive tract? To keep that complex system thriving, a high-potency probiotic will contain billions of live, friendly cultures per serving to provide more of the good-for-you bacteria that occur naturally in a healthy gut.* Total live cultures will often be determined at time of manufacture, but very few remain at full strength through their expiration date. Look for a probiotic that guarantees potency through the expiration date.
  • Pay attention to the number of strains. Supporting a good balance among all the diverse microbes in your gut is key to well-being, but stress, aging, diet, and other issues can upset this delicate equilibrium.* The strains, or specific types of probiotics (plus the culture count of each) should be listed on the label. And because more than 1,000 strains of beneficial bacteria can be found in the human gut, it makes sense to choose a probiotic supplement that reflects this natural diversity.
  • Look for lots of Ls and Bs. When you scan the label of a good probiotic you will see strains that begin with Ls and Bs, such as Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria. These are the beneficial probiotic bacteria that reside in a healthy human intestinal tract.* To help you remember, the L strains are more native to the little (small) intestine and the B strains are generally found in the big (large) intestine, or colon. Lots of Ls and Bs are important because each person’s body uses certain probiotic strains differently than others.

Choose delayed-release capsules for targeted delivery. While probiotics are also utilized in the upper digestive tract, the majority of bacterial populations exist in the small and large intestines. Because probiotics must travel through the harsh stomach environment and be delivered to the intestines to colonize, choosing delayed-release capsules (which are designed to survive stomach acid) helps ensure more friendly probiotics reach your intestinal tract.*

Written by Renew Life

At Renew Life, we believe a healthy gut is a happy gut. For nearly two decades we have been formulating superior quality digestive care supplements to help people achieve optimal health from the inside out.* We proudly stand behind the quality, purity, and potency of every product we make. Sign up for our emails to receive new product announcements, company news, and exclusive offers!

  • albert santiago

    This is more of a question..

    What if the probiotic doesn’t dissolve and simply passes through the body?

    What does anyone suggest?

  • mjohnle

    Probiotics don’t dissolve or get absorbed into the bloodstream. Instead, probiotics travel to the areas of the body where they’re able to adhere to cells and colonize. Some types of probiotics will pass through the system, exerting benefits as they go.

  • Reese

    ok I have Diverticutitus, No Doctor anywhere i have knows how to treat this nice Condition I recently got!
    Well drink Fiber and Aloe and take Probiotics 50 billon has done WOUNDERS FOR ME! PLEASE PASS THIS INFO ON ,,,,,,,,,

  • mjohnle

    Reese, I’m so glad you’re enjoying the product. Thanks for your comment!

  • becky

    Hello…just started the 50 billion probiotics, I noticed it is only a 14 day supply! Help me understand this, also will it promote weight loss, which my doctor would be very happy if I lost 10 lbs.! How should I feel by day 14?
    Thank you!

  • mjohnle

    Hi Becky, We have the Ultimate Flora Critical Care 50 Billion probiotic in 3 sizes; 14, 30 and 60 count bottles.
    There needs to be more study on whether probiotics influence weight loss directly, but we do know that probiotics enhance immune function and promote healthy digestion.

  • fluff

    BRENDA PLSE HELP I’VE BEEN BELCHING LIKE CRAZY FOR 4 MOS NOW, FOLLOW DR JONATHAN WRIGHTS ADVICE, THE BETAINE HCL HELPED AS DID ENZYMES I GOT FROM LIFE EXSTENSIONS, BUT, I’M STILL BELCHING, LOUD BELCHING; ITS NOT AS BAD AS BEFORE BUT PLEASE TELL ME WHICH PRODUCT TO TAKE.I WANT IT TO STOP, I ‘M AFAIRD TO EAT OUT, I SOUND LIKE A TRUCK DRIVER JEEZ. PLSE RESPOND ASAP
    THANKS FLUFF

  • Ron Tanner

    Florajen and Florajen 3 work ten times better than any other I have tried and yet they are much less costly and much more potent as they are refrigerated from the time of manufacture and contain bile/acid resistant strains. Don’t waste your money on the rest.