Go with Your Gut: A Guide to Probiotics
In recent years, the number of gut-related doctor visits has been as high as 30 million annually.1 And more and more people are turning to probiotics to help support gastrointestinal (GI) health. What many do not know is that these tiny, “friendly” bugs can be beneficial for more than just gut health.
Your body contains a delicate balance of diverse bacteria. Probiotics act as “friendly” bacteria and are an important ally to help support your intestinal ecosystem. It’s important to know, however, that these microscopic organisms do not all share the same personality.
Strain Identification and Why It Matters
Many probiotic formulas on the market are nonspecific about their applications. And that’s no surprise—considering many of these formulas contain organisms that are not strain-identified. This makes it even more difficult to choose the right formula. In fact, only a handful of probiotic strains have been researched extensively.
Make sure you pay attention to the product label, and look for a genus, species, and strain (e.g., Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM). This should appear as two long Latin words (genus first and species second) followed by a series of capitalized letters and/or numbers (the strain). Keep this tip in mind when you shop for a probiotic formula.
Different Strains for Different “Gains”
There is no one-size-fits-all formula. Scientific evidence has indicated that the effectiveness of probiotics for targeted areas of health support depends on the strain.2 That’s why it’s important to consult your healthcare practitioner before starting a probiotic regimen.
Refer to this quick guide for a better understanding of probiotic strains and their health benefits.
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