Sunday, February 12, 2012

Supplement: Probiotics

1. What kinds of probiotics are recommended to be most beneficial and in what quantities?
- Lactobacillus, which is naturally predominant in the small intestine (strains: Lactobacillus acidophilus, lactobacillus salivarius, etc.)
- Bifidobacterium, which is naturally predominant in the large intestine (strains: Bifidobacterium bifidum, Bifidobacterium animalis, etc.)
- Quantities of probiotics should be in the billions! Good quality probiotics can range from 2.5 billion to 100 billion per dose. The amount per dose will vary depending on reason for supplementation and severity of condition

2. Are refrigerated probiotics still preferred or are the capsules just as effective?
- Probiotics are live "friendly" bacteria found in the intestinal tract, working to keep a healthy intestinal balance , reducing the amount of harmful bacteria while replenishing and maintaining beneficial strains. Maintaining this balance is critical for overall good health
- Since probiotics are LIVE - they MUST be refrigerated to be effective and to get the therapeutic effect you are trying to achieve
- Refrigerated capsules or powder form supplements are best
- There is only one strain, Lactobacillus sporogenes, which is shelf-stable and does not need to be refrigerated. This strain comes in capsule form and is great to bring with you when you are traveling

3. What brand names are recommended?
- As a naturopathic doctor, I professionally recommend 3 professional companies: NFH, Genestra brand or Cytomatrix
- These brands can found with your local Naturopathic Doctor or any higher end Health Food store (i.e. Big Carrot, Whole Foods, Smith's Pharmacy, Noah's, Healthy Planet, etc.)

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