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Research into the gut microbiome has exploded in recent years, and so too has the number of probiotic supplements available online, in health food shops and even supermarkets too.

Choosing a probiotic supplement, with all of the many probiotic strains out there has therefore become a bit of a minefield! With such a crowded marketplace, it’s almost impossible to choose. And when faced with such extensive choice, many people will make their decision based on price. For some, the cheapest will win, others feel safer opting for a middle of the road priced product, and for some, an expensive price tag adds an extra level of reassurance.

Unfortunately, none of these are an effective way to select a probiotic supplement, here's why...

Probiotics are classified according to:

1. Genus (e.g. Lactobacillus)
2. Species (e.g. Acidophilus)
3. Strain (e.g. NCFM®)

Scientific research into the benefits of probiotic supplementation is carried out on specific strains. For example, Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM® is the best studied probiotic strain in the world and has over 60 clinical studies demonstrating its extensive health benefits.

Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM®

Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM® is the most extensively studied probiotic strain in the world, with over 60 clinical studies demonstrating its extensive health benefits. This strain has been shown to support digestive health, immune health, and improve the balance of gut microflora with proven efficacy.

Lactobacillus paracasei LPC-37

Lactobacillus paracasei LPC-37 is another well-researched probiotic strain known for its ability to support immune health and maintain a healthy balance of gut bacteria. Clinical studies have highlighted its role in reducing the duration and severity of respiratory infections and improving overall gut health.

Bifidobacterium lactis Bi-07

Bifidobacterium lactis Bi-07 is a probiotic strain extensively studied for its beneficial effects on digestive health and immune function. This strain has been shown to enhance the body's natural defence mechanisms, improve the regularity of bowel movements, and support overall gut health. Its presence in a probiotic supplement ensures a broad spectrum of health benefits.

Bifidobacterium lactis Bi-04

Bifidobacterium lactis Bi-04 is known for its ability to support gut health and enhance immune function. Research has demonstrated that this strain could help reduce the risk of gastrointestinal infections and improve digestive regularity. Its inclusion in probiotic supplements provides comprehensive support for maintaining a healthy gut environment.

Saccharomyces boulardii

Saccharomyces boulardii is a unique probiotic yeast strain that has been extensively researched for its ability to support gastrointestinal health. This strain is particularly effective in helping to prevent and ease diarrhoea, including that caused by antibiotics and infections. It also supports the balance of gut microflora and helps in maintaining a healthy digestive system.

The single, most important piece of advice you need to follow when choosing a probiotic supplement is to check the label and only select a product that contains specific strains that have been extensively researched, such as those listed above. This is the only way to ensure that the product you buy has the potential to deliver significant health benefits.

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