Sunday, August 26, 2012

How to pick the best probiotic

With the recent hype in the media about probiotics, companies are scrambling over one another to tell consumers about how great their product is and how powerful their probiotics are. By now most people know that probiotics support digestive health, the immune system, reduce inflammation, and support overall good health. What most people don't know is how to find the best sources or product.

Fermented foods like yogurt and kombucha are a good source of probiotics. However, your stomach begins to break down the good bacteria before it reaches your intestine, so it is not the heaviest dose of probiotics. With that said fermented foods are still a great way to increase the amount of good bacteria in your digestive system.

If you choose to use a supplement, there are a few things to keep in mind according to Dr. Shekhar Challa, author of "Probiotics for Dummies." Be certain that the supplement:

1. Has at least five strains of bacteria.

2. Has at least 3-5 billion microbes. If you are currently experiencing digestive system problems or illness than you want to look for 5-10 billion. 

3. Is encapsulated to protect it from your stomach and ensure that the microbes make it to your intestines. 

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