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Old 09-11-2013, 08:53 AM   #1
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Probiotics.... which one???

I have decided to try probiotics... since I hear so much good about it. But there are SOOOOOOOOO MANY and most are SOOOO EXPENSIVE. Yes I will be pay more for a better product... but how do you know??? Some are refrigerated...... to keep the little buggers alive I guess... some are not refrigerated...are they as good????

Need response from those who know and this is the place to come for it, I am sure I would prefer to purchase them at the store but will order if necessary. I noticed these on netrition........ but really.... I am 60 but do I need a special probiotic because of that?

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Udo's Choice Advanced Adult's Probiotic

For adults 55+ years
Intestinal support
Immune function
Digestion & weight management
Contains 7 strains of senior-specific beneficial bacteria
Alleviates immune system overload

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Old 09-11-2013, 03:58 PM   #2
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Come on friends....... I am sure there are a few taking probiotics......
I really need some feedback here so that I dont drop to much on the wrong product.
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Old 09-11-2013, 04:05 PM   #3
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I get my probiotics from food. There's a thread on the natural health board here where a person will send you free dairy kefir grains so you can make kefir--fermented milk that tastes great. You can try water kefir or kombucha, too. You can make your own sauerkraut, kimchi, or pickles. These are very easy ferments, and don't cost much at all (literally pennies, compared to the expensive probiotic supplements). And you will get added benefits from the vitamins and nutrients in the fermented foods--fermented veggies are a good source of Vitamin K2 which is crucial to balancing your vitamin D and regulating calcium in your bones.

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Old 09-11-2013, 04:09 PM   #4
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Try the digestive Pearls and see how they work for you. I've tried several different ones, some very expensive. The cheap Pearls work great for me. You can pick up a small box at the grocery or drug store.

Once I knew that they worked for me I started ordering the large boxes from Amazon.
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Old 09-12-2013, 02:13 PM   #5
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I've recently done some research on this topic and read several articles that said the most effective strain of bacteria for IBD, digestion and your immune system is Bifidobacterium infantis . I looked at the Probiotic brands in Costco and the most expensive product, Align, contains that strain. Figures it would be the most expensive. I haven't done research to find what other Probiotic products contain that particular strain.
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Old 09-20-2013, 12:01 PM   #6
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Acidophilus, Bifidobacterium, Bulgaricus are good ones but I think (according to what I have read) adding others will be helpful as well. I only buy refrigerated probiotics so they are at their most potent.
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Old 09-20-2013, 12:25 PM   #7
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I use Align !
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Old 09-21-2013, 05:07 PM   #8
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I've been using whatever Walmart has with the most number of good bacteria. Has helped a lot and compared to prescribed drugs , It's cheap enough for me.
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Old 09-21-2013, 06:53 PM   #9
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I use the Trader Joe's brand whenever I have to take an antibiotic.

I take them occasionally when I remember the rest of the time, but I am religious about it on antibiotics because I will get a yeast infection as sure as you're born without probiotics.
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Old 09-21-2013, 08:13 PM   #10
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Megafood MegaFlora is a good one. It's in the refrigerated section. I've read that they keep their potency better when you buy the refrigerated ones, and keep them refrigerated at home.
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Old 09-24-2013, 04:02 AM   #11
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My question is - how do you know if they are working for you? Do you take them as a preventative? Are there noticeable results? Just curious.
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Old 09-24-2013, 06:31 AM   #12
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I knew that I was going to be on heavy antibiotics, so I went to the Health Food store and asked for help. They took me to the refrigerated section and showed me two of the best. When the helper left me there was another man standing there and he told me which one he had been taking and why. It is a small capsule in a blister pack. It says it does not have to be refrigerated, but I keep them there since they did. The brand name is "Dr.Ohhira's" Probiotics. So far, it is working for me. And that means going to the bathroom regularly. But most of all, not getting a yeast infection while taking antibiotics. Yippee! Warning, it is expensive. Good Luck!
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Old 10-03-2013, 07:31 AM   #13
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I use GNC Probiotics Ultra. It is a non flavored powder. The only one they sell. It's 5 calories. I mix mine in water along with benefiber or miralax, I usually alternate them. I chose this because I have a hard time digesting drinks as they usually taste awful. I'm okay with pills but I already take a daily vitapak by GNC that contains 7 pills and I didn't want to add more. You get a 30 day supply for $30, but it's usually bogo. I'm not sure if that's a good deal or not. I like it alot. I noticed a difference from day one or it could have just been my body adjusting as I've never consumed probiotic supplements before this one. According to the package it contains LAB4 Probiotics 25 Billion Viable Cells
Lactobacillus acidophilus (CUL 60)

Lactobacillus acidophilus (CUL 21)

Bifidobacterium bifidum (CUL 20)

Bifidobacterium lactis (CUL 34)

They do have better, less expensive ones with a lot more product if you don't mind chewables or pills.
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Old 10-03-2013, 07:56 AM   #14
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I took Align after a couple bad bouts of diverticulitis. Sort of expensive but it worked. I didn't stay on it though, just took it for a around 2 weeks each time.
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According to the package it contains LAB4 Probiotics 25 Billion Viable Cells
Lactobacillus acidophilus (CUL 60)

Lactobacillus acidophilus (CUL 21)

Bifidobacterium bifidum (CUL 20)

Bifidobacterium lactis (CUL 34)

They do have better, less expensive ones with a lot more product if you don't mind chewables or pills.
My Doc says that I don't need to take a specific brand as long as there are several strains like in the above post. Told me I didn't need to buy align and some are more expensive just because of marketing. (mine are capsules from Now)
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Old 10-15-2013, 08:07 AM   #16
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I use one of the Vitamin Shoppe brands. I asked what they recommended, and the manager proceeded to ask me lots of questions on why I wanted them. They had various sizes and prices to choose from. They at least had small bottles that were relatively inexpensive if you wanted to try a particular type.

I use one with not as many "billions" in them when I am not recovering from antibiotic use.
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Old 10-15-2013, 01:42 PM   #17
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Does anyone take probiotics on a regular basis or just when taking antibiotics?

I am newly diagnosed diabetic that is doing diet control, no meds. woot woot!

But am wondering if I shouldn't supplement with some supplements. I've never studied about probiotics, but suddenly am hearing a lot about them. So I thought I would check it out.

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