Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that help keep your digestive system healthy. The colony of microorganisms in the body is essential in maintaining physiological processes, most notably the conversion of food to essential nutrients and transport of nutrients in the body.
 
Before we delve into sources of probiotics and their associated health benefits, let’s understand what they are, how they function, and the mechanism in which they influence other functions in the body. 
 
You will find that you can improve your gut’s bacterial ecosystem (a.k.a. gastrointestinal microbiome) by eating fibrous plant foods, complex carbohydrates, fermented food, and taking probiotic dietary supplements.   
 
Probiotics are “good” bacteria that:
  • Supports healthy gut function and digestive health†
  • Supports healthy immune system function and a healthy GI tract†
  • Supports normal microflora in the gut and normal digestion†
They have metabolic, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties crucial in maintaining holistic wellness. Gut microbiome converts food to essential nutrients which are vital in all body functions. Probiotics also attach to the mucous membrane of the digestive tract and improve gut immune system capabilities.
When gut microbiome is thrown out of balance by a combination of factors including age, diet, environment, genes, and medication, the body’s overall health declines. Sometimes probiotics from ingested food are not enough to support and maintain the body. For those with an imbalanced gut ecosystem, probiotic supplements provide an excellent source of beneficial bacteria to promote holistic wellness.
 
There are numerous different probiotics brands, our result show the majority of products don’t live up to their claims. That’s because most probiotic supplements can be destroyed by stomach acid before they even get to the digestive tract.
  1. Contain Soil-Based Probiotics and Be Shelf-Stable: Make sure your probiotic supplement has soil-based probiotics and is shelf-stable, meaning it doesn’t need to be refrigerated. Ideally you want your probiotic to have a shelf-life of 2 years.†
  2. High CFU Count: Choose a probiotic brand that has a higher number of probiotics, from at least 40 billion to 75 billion per serving. Latest studies have found the best probiotics contain 51 Billion CFUs and 18 different strains.
  3. Strain Diversity: Select a probiotic supplement that has at least 15 or more probiotic strains, such as Bacillus coagulans, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium and Streptococcus thermophilus strains.
  4. Survivability: Look for formulas that are in delayed release capsules such as DRcaps that protects the probiotics from stomach acid; or at least have MAKTrek in their formula.
  5. Prebiotics: To support the growth of probiotics once they get into your system, it is essential that prebiotics are also included in the formula.

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At Consumers Health, we evaluate the top brands, research about their ingredients benefits, verify their accuracy, return policy and overall customer satisfaction.
  • 51 billion live cultures per serving 
  • 18 diverse strains
  • DR capsules delivery system and acid-resistant
  • Vegan, Soy Free and All Natural
  • NutraFlora Prebiotic Fiber is included
  • Endorsed by an MD 

#1 Vitamins Ultra Wholesome Probiotics

  • Essential Ingridients* 100% 100%
  • Potential Results* 99% 99%
  • Return Policy* 100% 100%
  • Overall Score* 99% 99%

Consumers have voted Vitamins Ultra Wholesome Probiotics as their number #1 daily probiotic supplement. It is one of the most potent formulas on the market. Wholesome Probiotics has 51 billion live cultures, 18 robust and clinically studied strains, NutraFlora prebiotic fiber, with no synthetic fillers or additives and vegan friendly.

Wholesome Probiotics is one of few doctor formulated probiotics on the market with DRcaps™ delivery system to help protect your ingredients from stomach acid. It does NOT require refrigeration and has 2 years shelf life (most other brands have 1 year or less). We highly recommend this formula. 

Directions: 1 capsule per day

 

  • Supports healthy gut function and digestive health†
  • Supports healthy immune system function and a healthy GI tract†
  • Supports normal microflora in the gut†

 

  • 40 billion live cultures per serving 
  • 6 diverse strains
  • MAKTREK delivery system and acid-resistant
  • Vegan, Soy Free and All Natural

#2 PureNature Probio40

  • Essential Ingridients* 97% 97%
  • Potential Results* 96% 96%
  • Return Policy* 100% 100%
  • Overall Score* 97% 97%

Probio50 contains 40 Billions CFUs, no cheap filler, no binders and no artificial colors. All purchases from PureNature is backed by a 365 day Risk Free 100% Money Back Guarantee. Made in the USA with all-natural, fast dissolving veggie capsule and are made in an FDA registered laboratory that is cGMP certified and 3rd Party Tested.

Contains All Essential Probiotics Strains With MAKTrek 3-D Probiotic Delivery System
Verified: Non-refrigeration probiotics

*Individual Results May Vary – Ratings are based on eNutrition Ranking System and do not necessarily reflect typical results from the use of these products. We encourage consumers to research by visiting each product websites for more information.

  • 50 billion live cultures per serving 
  • 12 diverse strains
  • No delivery system 
  • Vegan friendly, Soy Free and All Natural

#3 Ultimate Flora 50 Billion

  • Essential Ingridients* 95% 95%
  • Potential Results* 96% 96%
  • Return Policy* 92% 92%
  • Overall Score* 95% 95%

Ultimate Flora came in 3nd place in our survey. It’s no wonder because Ultimate Flora is a great product with 50 Billions CFUs which is in the range of the recommended dosage. It also has 12 robust strains but lacks prebiotics and delivery system.

Another complain some customers had was that Renew Life Ultimate Flora only offers a 60 days return policy.

*Individual Results May Vary – Ratings are based on eNutrition Ranking System and do not necessarily reflect typical results from the use of these products. We encourage consumers to research by visiting each product websites for more information.

#4 MegaFood MegaFlora

  • Essential Ingridients* 94% 94%
  • Potential Results* 94% 94%
  • Return Policy* 91% 91%
  • Overall Score* 94% 94%

MegaFlora comes in 60 capsules per bottle. It is backed by many happy customers, although some people complain about the amount CFUs per capsules. There are only 10 Billion CFUs per capsule which is inconvenient for some people who like to have the recommneded dosage of 50 Billion CFUs per day.

One thing the customers don’t like about MegaFlora is their return policy which is very confusing and they offer a 30 days return policy in general.

*Individual Results May Vary – Ratings are based on eNutrition Ranking System and do not necessarily reflect typical results from the use of these products. We encourage consumers to research by visiting each product websites for more information.

#5 Nature’s Way Fortify

  • Essential Ingridients* 91% 91%
  • Potential Results* 93% 93%
  • Return Policy* 95% 95%
  • Overall Score* 92% 92%

Nature’s Way Fortify contain a good dosage of CFU’s per capsule, however each packet only contains 30 capsules which is inconvenient. There are varied reports from users about how effective Fortify actually is. While some report a perceived positive impact after many months of use, others have found either no effect at all. As the number of complaints grows it does cast a long shadow over how effective this supplement might be. It seems like many people take 1 capsule a day and are not seeing great results from this product.

Again, the return policy for Nature’s Way products are very unclear, depending on where you buy their product the policy changes from no returns to 30 days return policy.

*Individual Results May Vary – Ratings are based on eNutrition Ranking System and do not necessarily reflect typical results from the use of these products. We encourage consumers to research by visiting each product websites for more information.

*This is a subjective assessment based on the strength of the available information and our independent research and customer feedback.
**Results may vary based on individual.
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