Anyone using probiotic supplements? Any recommendations?
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Everyday. With it, I can take a number of supplements and my stomach says happy. I use 'NOW brand 8 billion acidophilus....' The price is right and it works....
I use probiotics on the daily. My go to is Garden of Life's Primal Defense Ultra. Do a little googling, they have a 216 cap bottle for only $47. HIGHLY recommended.
15 billion units. Really varied combination of different strains. Also includes the soil organisms which are great for your colon.
EvoMusue makes a great probiotic product. It has both probiotics and pre-biotics in it. It's a little pricey but I usually just wait for it to go on sale at NP.
NOW's version works pretty well, especially for the price but I like to get as many strains as I can. Garden of Life's RAW is pricey but one of the best I have tried. Dr. Ohira's is really potent and good to take after a round of antibiotics or major gut problem.
The new and improved Gut Health™ contains the following probiotic strains along with their evinced associated benefits:
• Bacillus Coagulans: has been shown to decrease abdominal pain and bloating that’s associated with a high protein diet in the normal digestive process.
• Bacillus Subtilis: has been shown to stimulate and improve innate immune function improving overall systemic function.
• Lactobacillus Casei: has been shown to reduce lactose intolerance, enhance nutrient digestion and absorption, and reduce GI inflammatory factors.
• Streptococcus Thermophilae: has been shown to reduce GI inflammatory factors and have potent immunomodulatory and anticarcinogenic effects.
• Lactobacillus Plantarum: has been shown to promote protein absorption/ utilization and reduce GI inflammatory factors .
• Bifidobacterium Breve: has been shown to alleviate gas symptoms typical with high protein ingestion, reduce bloating, and have powerful immunomodulary effects. This is evinced by potent competitive exclusion properties of harmful bacteria such as E coli that can typically cause GI related distress and disease.
For all of you who are familiar with Jason Cholewa (his most recent study is the reason for the "All aboard the Betaine train" thread in the Advanced Discussion), he has an excellent write up on probiotics, health, and performance. Check it out: http://jasoncholewa.com/2012/07/22/c...d-performance/
There is one thing to remember. There are no commercially available probiotics you can take that continue to colonize the gut after supplementation stops. Whatever strains you take disappear within a couple weeks of discontinuation. The only thing you can do that seems to effect any permanent change in flora is fecal bacteriotherapy (enema with a healthier person's ****), which is looking extremely promising for a variety of disorders. So, continuous supplementation of a probiotic is needed to maintain that balance.
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I never noticed anything with these types of products.
Only time I took them was on MP multis... Didn't feel a difference.
I was reading about fecal transplant 10-13 years ago when looking for treatments for my wife's ulcerative colitis. We didn't pursue it, but glad to see it's working and gaining momentum.
Like this topic and suggestions of products to use.
I myself also have sensitive intestinal tract and a lot of normal stuff gives me diarrhea (like 2 apples or some fatty meals or a dressing on a salad), or upset stomach but never really thought about trying probiotics to maybe see if this will get fixed.
I see recommended products are now Gut Health and Garden of Life's Primal Defense Ultra which gets great reviews everywhere I look.
Has anybody took both products and can say which one is better?
For products that are top quality and work I don't care if they cost a bit more as long as they work and my body tolerate them - meaning they are as natural and free of bad chemicals as they can be.
I see entire Garden of Life line is amazing for a guy wanting to take raw and natural supplements.
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I'm not a raw and natural cheerleader, but that Primal Defense Ultra I tend to trust because 1) I've been using it for the longest 2) I have my mom use the stuff 3) the Primal Defense (original) I believe is the one that the consumer watchdogs tend to quality check and 4) it's 15 billion live cell count from 13 species including soil based plus they added some plants fiber to keep the organisms alive and nourished.
It's pretty comprehensive as that covers the bacteria in both you intestines as well as your colon. If your gut health is quite questionable, you may want to adhere to the dosing suggestions on the bottle and take it slow, because it could give you a pretty hardcore detoxification effect (aka squirts and flatulence).
Also, don't forget to get a decent amount of prebiotic fiber (veggies, fruits) in daily to keep that good GI bacteria healthy.