Many body builders are interested in using probiotic supplements to improve their results. They ask me, “How do I choose a good probiotic supplement?” My answer is that there’s no one right way or best choice and you’ll have to find what works for you. Here are some guidelines that will help you make your selection:
1) You need a good company with a good reputation for quality and reliability. This isn’t always easy to determine but the more research you can do before buying, the better. If you’re looking for something that’s going to be an ongoing expense, then try not to buy from companies who don’t offer any guarantee of effectiveness. The most reliable companies I’ve found so far are GUTS – Gut Health, Inc (www.guthealthinc.com), which offers both powder and capsule versions, and Probiotics Plus (www.probioticsplus.com). These two companies represent my top choices and are probably the best brands available today.
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2) Check out the website for each brand to see if they offer a free trial size first. Many of them do this and it can save you a lot of money if you decide after trying the product that it doesn’t work for you. Most of these companies also offer a money back guarantee if you don’t like the product. In addition, many of them offer a money-back guarantee for those who purchased products within a certain time period, so check the fine print on the website to see how long you have to return the unused portion.
3) Choose probiotic products that contain a minimum of 10 billion viable organisms per serving. Some people like to take multiple servings every day, but that may cause problems with stomach acid and increase the risk of infection. Remember that the number of bacteria present varies from person to person, and that different strains of probiotics produce different effects. It would be hard to figure out exactly how much to take, anyway, because everyone’s digestive system is unique. So just take a small amount at a time until you feel the benefits, then stop taking the next dose. Don’t worry about overdoing it; just do it gradually.
4) Find out where the probiotics came from. There are three basic sources – cultured dairy products, fermented foods, and probiotic supplements. Cultured dairy products such as yogurt and kefir are relatively safe and easy to digest. However, they can contain high levels of lactose and other sugars, and they tend to lose their viability fairly quickly (within two weeks). Fermented foods, such as kimchi, sauerkraut, tempeh, miso, etc., are usually made by fermentation with various types of bacteria. Because of their bacterial content, they are generally considered safer than cultured dairy products and are often recommended for children and pregnant women. They are also easier to digest than milk products, which has led to their popularity among body builders. But even though they are considered somewhat safe, you should still avoid them during times when you have diarrhea or other gastrointestinal disorders. The most popular type of probiotic supplement is sold in powdered form. Since all of us have different tolerances for these powders and capsules, I recommend starting out with a small bottle and increasing the dosage slowly. You might want to use a measuring spoon to measure out smaller doses instead of pouring directly into a glass or cup.
5) Try to select probiotic supplements that contain several different strains of healthy bacteria. Although the exact composition of the bacteria will vary, studies show that combinations of several strains seem to provide more health benefits than single strains. For example, it has been shown that adding Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG to Lactobacillus reuteri in combination has been shown to reduce symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) better than either strain alone. In addition, combining Bacillus subtilis var. natto with Bifidobacterium bifidum has been shown to reduce gas and bloating better than either organism alone. The combination of several strains seems to have synergistic properties that may lead to improved outcomes.
6) Be sure to read the label carefully. Even though manufacturers claim to be providing only whole live cultures, some contain dead cells (and therefore no live cultures) or inactive enzymes. Also be alert for hidden ingredients such as sugar, starch, and artificial sweeteners. One thing you may notice is that many of the probiotic supplements on the market today contain multiple forms of the same bacteria. That’s why I prefer to purchase them from reputable companies that offer a variety of strains rather than relying on one, single source.
7) If you get sick while using probiotic supplements, try to isolate the specific strain causing the problem. There are many sources claiming to supply the missing microorganisms, but the chances are very slim that you’ll be able to isolate the correct strain. Instead, try another brand or another source.
8) Consider whether or not you really need probiotic supplementation. While there are many people who benefit from supplemental probiotic intake, others are simply too sensitive to tolerate it. People who are allergic to yeast should definitely steer clear of probiotic supplements. Others may already be ingesting beneficial amounts of probiotics through food sources. Finally, remember that some probiotic supplements contain substances that are toxic to humans, such as heavy metals.
9) If you are concerned about antibiotic resistance in probiotics, keep in mind that the use of antibiotics in animal feed does little to promote the growth of beneficial bacteria, but greatly promotes the growth of pathogenic bacteria. So unless you eat meat, there’s really nothing wrong with taking probiotic supplements.
10) And finally, consider the cost of probiotic supplements. I know that many people don’t like spending money on supplements, especially since they can be expensive. But probiotic supplements are usually pretty cheap compared to many other dietary supplements.
If you follow these guidelines, you’re likely to end up with a great probiotic supplement that’s right for you. Good luck!