Probiotics are one of the most important supplement take. At the same time,
probiotics are often the biggest waste of money! This article will explain why
probiotics are so important and tips to prevent you from wasting your money on
probiotics that won’t work. I will also examine one of the most popular probiotics on
the market today and show why you are being ripped off.
Why are probiotics so important?
Probiotics are the healthy bacteria in the digestive system which plays a key role in
the digestive process and maintaining the integrity of the intestines. But this is really
just the beginning. It is believed that 80% of all immune function stems from the
digestive system. A healthy balance of bacteria in the digestive system is essential
to have a properly functioning immune system.
There are many factors in our modern world that can destroy this delicate balance of
healthy bacteria within your body. Some of these factors include antibiotics,
pharmaceuticals, city water, pesticides, and other chemicals we come in contact with
every day. For these reasons, supplementing with probiotics may be necessary to
ensure a healthy balance of bacteria required for digestive health and immunity.
Be careful what you buy! Don’t buy dead bacteria.
Most probiotics on the marked are worthless. Probiotics are living bacteria. Any
product you take must guarantee the bacteria cultures are still alive. Most products
cannot make this guarantee. In the fine print, often probiotics manufactures will
state the quantity of bacteria their product had when it was manufactured. How
much bacteria the product had when it was made is irrelevant. What is important is
the amount of bacteria the product has when you take it. If the proper steps are not
taken in the creation, shipment, storage, and selling of the product, chances are
good by the time you take the bacteria has died.
Be careful what you buy! Don’t buy a weak product.
Assuming the bacteria in the product is alive, it is also critical to take enough
bacteria to have therapeutic results. I have seen probiotics on the market
containing between 75,000 to 170 billion live cells. That is a huge difference! In my
clinic, I usually suggest that the average healthy individual take at least 8-10 billion
live cells per day. Individuals with digestive disorders will begin taking anywhere
from 50-150 billion live cells per day. Most probiotics on the market are simply not
strong enough to achieve the therapeutic results you may need.
There are many other factors that can significantly influence the quality of a
probiotics such as the number of and types of strains of the bacteria, as well as how
the strains are cultured.
Do companies really sell weak or dead probiotics?
You bet! In fact that is most of them and this is why some probiotics are a waste of
For example, a client told me they were already taking a probiotic they got from the
store, but didn’t feel it was really helping her. I requested she bring in what she was
taking so I could take a closer look at it. The next time I saw her, she did as
requested. The product she had was one of the most advertised probiotics brands.
In fact, this particular brand markets their product as the “The #1 Gastroenterologist
Recommended Probiotic.” The front of the box has all kinds of great claims about
the benefits of probiotics and healthy bacteria. I fully agree with these claims… but
just how much bacteria is in this specific product? When I flip to box, I see in teeny
tiny writing (the smallest writing on the entire box) the following statement:
So let’s analyze this statement. This product had only one billion when
manufactured. In my opinion, one billion is not nearly enough bacteria to have the
therapeutic benefits most individuals require. As stated earlier, I usually request
healthy people take at least ten times this amount, and fifty times the amount for
those with digestive disorders. More importantly, the box states the amount of
bacteria when manufactured. Why don’t the makers of this product claim their
probiotic contains one billion until the “best by” date? Because the company knows
it doesn’t. If they could guarantee it, they would.
However, the company does state their product “provides an effective level of
bacteria until at least the “best by” date.” Great! It provides and effective level! But
wait… effective for what?!? Effective to help reduce my digestive disorders?
Effective to make me a celebrity? Effective to wash my car? Effective for what?
Effective to be vague and mislead the public into buying their product?
I was not surprised when my client’s symptoms improved once she stopped taking
this, “#1 Gastroenterologist Recommended Probiotic” and started taking one that
actually guaranteed the potency of the product beyond the manufacturing date.
It is my opinion, probiotics are one of the most important supplements to take.
Probiotics are living bacteria cultures that must be manufactured, shipped, sold, and
stored properly to prevent their decay. Don’t waste your money on products from
manufactures who do not guarantee the potency of their product beyond the date
they are manufactured. Don’t waste your money on weak products regardless of
how great the packaging seems. Don’t assume that just because you buy a product
from a reputable store that the product is a good one. Save your self money by
carefully reading the labels and know what you are buying.
Quality Probiotics Are Available
I have done a great deal of research in selecting the best, safest, and most effective
nutritional supplements and probiotics. My clinic, The Center: Natural Health
Specialists carries a wide variety of probiotics ranging from 1.5 billion to 150 billion
live cultures per serving specifically designed for infants, children and adults.
Probiotics: A Waste of Money, But Essential
Articles & Facts
From The Center: Natural Health Specialists
Article by Quinn Akira Takei, Licensed Acupuncturist, Doctor of
Oriental Medicine(NM) with The Center: Natural Health
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