The Best Probiotic Supplements

Beneficial bacteria  control the growth of disease-causing bacteria by competing for nutrition and attachment sites in your colon.  

Your intestinal bacteria are part of your immune system, and researchers are discovering that microbes of all kinds play instrumental roles in countless areas of your health. That’s why is is so important if you are not eating a diet rich in whole, unprocessed foods along with cultured or fermented foods to find a high-quality probiotic supplement can also be a helpful ally to restore healthful balance to your microbiotia. (intestinal flora)

What Are The Best Probiotic Supplements?

Complete Probiotics by Mercola-60 capsulesMERCOLA PROBIOTICS

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Product name- Complete Probiotics by Mercola
Where to Buy-Amazon.com
Category-
Health & Personal Care
Seller
Mercola
My Rating-star ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar rating 
5 stars out of 5
Price
$29.97 (capsules, 60 count)
IngredientsComplete Probiotics features 10 bacteria strains. Each two capsule serving delivers 70 billion CFU.

Product Overview

Complete Probiotics

I use Dr. Mercola’s products and find them to be among the best available anywhere. The results are amazing and I would highly recommend them! If you become a premium member you will also receive free shipping which drives the overall cost down.

  • You do not find this high of a cell count for less than $30 anywhere.
  • Considering the cell count and quantity of capsules, this is a pretty good deal.
  • I am prone to acid indigestion which has almost completely vanished from the day I started using Complete Probiotics.
  • The proprietary probiotic blend features Lactobacillus acidophilus DDS-1 along with bifidobacterium lactis, L. plantarum, L. casei, L. rhamnosus, L. brevis, B. longum, Streptococcus thermophilus, L. salivarius and B. bifidum.
  • Complete Probiotic capsules are acid and bile resistant. This product contains no dairy, lactose, wheat, gluten, soy, corn, eggs, yeast, sugar, artificial flavors, preservatives or GM ingredients.

FlorAssist® Heart Health Probiotic  vegetarian capsules

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Product name- FlorAssistLIFE EXTENSION PROBIOTIC
Where to Buy- Amazon.com
Category-
Health & Personal Care
Seller-
LifeExtension
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4 stars out of 5
Price
$24.07 (capsules, 60 count)
Ingredients– 
FlorAssist Probiotic liquid vegetarian capsules contain probiotic strains that are acid resistant, protecting them from stomach acid that can destroy the viability of the strains. 

Product Overview

FlorAssist® Heart Health Probiotic liquid vegetarian capsules

  • Contain probiotic strains that are acid resistant, protecting them from stomach acid that can destroy the viability of the strains. 
  • Have dual encapsulation technology, keeping the capsule intact longer, and ensuring that the probiotic reaches the small intestine.
  • Provide a high CFU (colony forming units) of 15 billion per capsule. 
  • Each FlorAssist dual capsule contains 15 Billion CFU (colony forming units) consisting of: Lactobacillus acidophilus LA-14, Bifidobacterium lactis BL-04, Lactobacillus paracasei LPC-37, Lactobacillus rhamnosus LR-32, Bifidobacterium bifidum/lactis BB-02, Bifidobacterium longum BL-05

 

 VSL 3 High Potency Probiotic Capsules for Ulcerative Colitis – 60 ea

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Product name- VSL 3 High Potency Probiotic Capsules 
Where to Buy-Amazon.comVSL PROBIOTICS
Category-
Health & Personal Care
Seller
VSL3
My Rating-star ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar rating 4 stars out of 5
Price-$49.25 (capsules, 60 count)
IngredientsEight strains of live freeze-dried lactic acid bacteria

 

Product Overview

 VSL 3 High Potency Probiotic Capsules

 I personally have not used VSL3, however just from the amount of great reviews it could be worth trying especially those with Colitis.

  • VSL#3® is the probiotic food supplement with the highest available concentration of live beneficial bacteria.
  •  Refrigerating the product will prolong the shelf life of the product, but the VSL#3 literature states that it remains effective up to a week (at 80 degrees Fahrenheit or below) without refrigeration. It actually can last up to a month without refrigeration, below the indicated temperature.
  • VSL#3 contains eight strains of live freeze-dried lactic acid bacteria: -Streptococcus Thermophilus -Bifidobacterium Breve -B. longum -B. Infantis -L. Acidophilus -L. Plantarum -L. Paracasei -L. Delbrueckii Subsp. Bulgaricus Serving Size and Dosage: Each serving (2 capsules) contain at least 225 billion live probiotic bacteria.
  • Each bottle contains 60 capsules. Each individual capsule contains at least 112.5 billion live probiotic bacteria. Recommended dosage: 2-8 capsules daily depending on condition. Other ingredients: Microcrystalline cellulose, stearic acid, silicon dioxide, magnesium stearate, and vegetable capsule . (hydroxypropyl methylcellulose).

Conclusion

It is always wise to question who you can trust when it comes to maintaining, enhancing, or rebuilding your health.

I highly recommend Dr. Mercola’s Complete Probiotics for the quality and price, as well as the integrity of the product.

Dr. Mercola funds his own site, and therefore, is not handcuffed to any advertisers, silent partners, or corporate parents. He actively researches his own products regardless of any potential financial gain.

So give them a try and experience the results for yourself.  To get more information on Dr. Mercola’s Complete Probiotics click here Amazon.com

 

PS: I hope you enjoyed this review. If you have any questions  or want to leave your own personal comments, please share your experiences below!

 

To your health,

Tom

 
 

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Phil L

Tom, thanks for the in-depth review. I have had suspicions that I have needed to take probiotic supplements for years because of a variety of stomach issues and skin problems. I am going to give Dr. Mercola’s Complete Probiotics a try and will follow up with you on my results.

Thank-you!

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    Tom

    Hi Phil- I have used Dr. Mercola’s products for years and find them to be among the best available anywhere, for price,quality and integrity! The results are amazing and I would highly recommend them to everyone…

    All the best-Tom

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Allan

Hi Tom, and thank you for the quality review of probiotic supplement options available today. I have actually been using Mercola’s product for about a month now, after my doctor recommended I start using probiotics at my latest visit. His recommendation was based on the fact that I don’t always eat a whole foods diet, and he said that this would help me replace the healthy bacteria in my body.

Allan

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    Tom

    ​Hi Allan- Your intestinal bacteria are part of your immune system, and researchers are discovering that microbes of all kinds play instrumental roles in countless areas of your health. That’s why is is so important if you are not eating a diet rich in whole, unprocessed foods along with cultured or fermented foods, to find a high-quality probiotic supplement can also be a helpful ally to restore healthful balance to your microbiotia. (intestinal flora) I have been using Dr. Mercola’s Probiotics for years now and can really tell the difference, I am glad you are as well!

    ~Tom

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theicecoach

Hi there,

I am a big fan of probiotics!! Thanks for taking the time to review the best products out there and pointing out the differences. My boyfriend suffers from acid indigestion so I will recommend your site to him. Sounds like Dr. Mercola’s products are the way to go!

Dwanna

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    Tom

    Hi Dwanna- I have used Dr. Mercola’s Complete Probiotics for years and just love them. For price,quality and integrity they can’t be beat. I would also highly recommend Holistic Blends Digestizol Max, which is a mealtime supplement with 14 highly active digestive enzymes that promote healthier digestion, greater nutritional uptake, and relief from the pain, discomfort, and embarrassment of gastrointestinal problems that can erupt when poorly digested foods pass through your system. You can find it on my site at http://healingbodyandmind.org/

    ~Tom

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Sarah

There are so many products out there it’s hard to know which are the best or not. When looking at the quality of these three you compare here, how do you know what’s quality or not? I guess you can find the information on the makers websites, but I’m looking more for a personal point of view. The probiotic that my husband and I have been taking for awhile now seems to do just as well as a cheap one I used to buy. But it slowly dissolves over twelve hours so that it can populate deeper and farther into the intestinal tract. Do you find that there are many that include this aspect? Thanks.

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    Tom

    Hi Sarah- There are some key factors I feel differentiate the good probiotic formulas from those that are questionable… and may even be a waste of your money.


    Contains effective
    bacterial strains it must be strain specific
    Is viable
    and dose specific
    Remains stable
    and viable for long period of time
    Has the ability to
    survive the stomach and into the intestine
    Thrives
    in the intestine*

    Lactobacillus acidophilus DDS-1 is the name of this highly effective strain of beneficial bacteria*… and the “DDS-1” is really important. There are other strains of Lactobacillus acidophilus out there, but without the DDS-1 specificity, your potential health benefits could come up short.*

    For more information on the best probiotic and why, go to http://probiotics.mercola.com/probiotics.html

    From a personal standpoint and as I have stated before: It is always wise to question who you can trust when it comes to maintaining, enhancing, or rebuilding your health.

    I highly recommend Dr. Mercola’s Complete Probiotics for the quality and price, as well as the integrity of the product.

    Dr. Mercola funds his own site, and therefore, is not handcuffed to any advertisers, silent partners, or corporate parents. He actively researches his own products regardless of any potential financial gain. I have used his Complete Probiotic’s for years and can attest personally to their quality and effectiveness.

    ~Tom

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admin

Hi Tom- I have enjoyed reading your article on probiotics. I like the way you have started by explaining to the readers what beneficial bacteria is and you have made sure we understand what the lack of intestinal flora can do to our immune system. It adds credibility that you actually use Complete Probiotics and can let the rest of us understand what benefits you have seen over the years. Personal experience results in my opinion, help me to decide just what product to try.

You have also provided options for people with different conditions and that is a plus.

Thank-you.

Wamosese

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    Tom

    ​Hi Wamosese- I am glad you enjoyed the article. Probiotic bacteria appear to affect gene activity and cellular reactions in the human intestine. They also help your body to better digest and assimilate your food. Drinking a probiotic-rich beverage, or taking a capsule supplement each day, will go a long way to assuring your intestinal and overall health.

    All the best-Tom

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Kathy

I think people tend to overlook the importance of intestinal health and the role a good probiotic has to play in maintaining it. Whenever a friend tells me they’re on a course on antibiotics I’m telling them, “make sure you get the best probiotic, don’t buy poor quality”!

I haven’t heard of Mercola probiotics before, but I like that they have vegetarian capsules. Do you know if they’re available in the UK?

Kathy

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    Tom

    Hi Kathy- I use Dr. Mercola’s Complete Probiotics myself and find them to be among the best available anywhere. The results are amazing and I would highly recommend them! And yes they are available on Amazon in the UK…see below link

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1/276-4969654-6701642?url=search-alias=aps&field-keywords=mercola

    Dr Mercola Complete Probiotics 70 billion CFU per 2 capsules (60 capsules)

    £24.95(£50.00/100 g)

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Dave

Hi Tom- I have not used probiotics before. However I find myself suffering from acid indigestion, and have to keep away from certain foods, but with the type of job I do that isn’t always possible. Added with the other benefits of taking probiotics you’ve given me food for thought (no pun intended) I will have to try them!

Thanks,

Dave

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    Tom

    Hi Dave- And thanks for the comment. As you may be aware, not having the proper balance of good-to-bad bacteria can wreak havoc throughout the body. So I myself take probiotics everyday, along with an organic whole food diet. And this can go a long way in preventing acid indigestion. However something else to consider is proper food combining.

    I never eat proteins with carbohydrates at the same meal. As an example, if I am going to eat organic free range chicken I will have it with a salad, or If I am going to eat any starchy carbohydrate, potato, corn, bread, etc. I will have that with a salad. However I will not eat chicken with potato or bread as this leads to indigestion and heartburn. I hope that helps, and let me know how it works out for you. I would be interested in hearing of your progress.

    Come back soon Dave, as we will be dedicating one of our upcoming articles to proper food combining.

    ~Tom

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Aisha

What a detailed product review! I feel like I need supplements to aid my diet more and more these days and your list of recommended products is definitely something I’ll be looking into. It’s so important to use high quality products especially if its to aid your body’s overall health. Dr. Mercola’s products seem like they can offer this.

Thanks for the post.

Best Wishes
Aisha

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    Tom

    Hi Aisha- I have been using Dr. Mercola’s products for years now, and find them to be among the best available anywhere. The results are amazing and I would highly recommend them!

    All the best,

    ~Tom

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