The world health organization defines probiotics: “Live microorganisms which when administered in the adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host”
What’s the point in taking a supplement & spending your money on something if it doesn’t supply benefit(s)?
Some benefits of taking a probiotic:
- Improving gut health
- Preventing antibiotic-associated diarrhea & infectious diarrhea
- Helps boost immune system
- Treating symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome
- Treating Crohn’s disease
- Reducing intestinal inflammation
- Treating & preventing eczema associated with food allergies
4 Tests Your Probiotic Must Pass…
If your probiotic doesn’t pass the following criteria, its time to ditch it for a better option?
Most probiotics state ‘Potency by time of manufacture’. This means the dose is assured at the point of bottling – but not at the point of expiration!
Probiotics are notorious for dramatic die-off.
Take-Away: Must state ‘Guaranteed potency at expiration’
Each strain of probiotic offers different positive effects. Most inferior products only state the genus (Lactobacillus) & the species (acidophilus) but not the strain (NCFM).
This allows cheap less effective products to make the market without detection.
Take-Away: Must state the genus, species & strain.
If studies of a probiotic showed the bacterial strain to be effective at 15 billion cfu but each capsule offers 500 million cfu, there is obviously a deficit, which will affect the benefits received.
Take-Away: Make sure the dosage matches ‘adequate amounts’ for that strain.
A company cannot accurately state their probiotic offers health benefits without sufficient research to back up that claim.
As it is general understanding that probiotics offer health benefits his statement is applied to most probiotic strains even without the evidence to back it up.
Take-Away: Your probiotic strain should be backed up by research proving its effectiveness.
I regularly use probiotics myself & with my clients for the benefits mentioned at the start of this article.
It is common for the individual to experience better sleep, fall ill less & possess greater mental capacity.
The stronger your immune system the stronger you will be in the gym… & in life.
Grab yourself a quality probiotic & reap the rewards of your investment.
To Your Best Health
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