Digestion : How to Choose Your Probiotics
Probiotics are one of the fastest growing products for the wellness industry. Yet, many people have little understanding of what is important when choosing a probiotic supplement.
There are several things to consider:
1. Functionality –How people react to probiotics is very individualized. The function of probiotics is related to the condition, the dose and the strain of probiotic.
2. Safety – it is helpful to look for probiotics with a long history of use. Some probiotics have been given GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) status, look for GRAS when selecting probiotics. Probiotics can come from human, animal, soil or food origin, human strains are most compatible with the human gut.
3. Reliability – Probiotics should meet or exceed their label guarantees of live cell tally (CFU/g) at time of purchase and expiration date. Probiotics are live microorganisms that live in little or no oxygen in the gut; they are sensitive to oxygen, moisture and heat. Production and packaging of probiotics should involve limiting exposure to oxygen by packaging in barrier packages and elimination of oxygen by flushing with nitrogen. It is important to have low moisture in the probiotic capsule. Products should be protected from dramatic fluctuations in temperature (this is why many are recommended to be refrigerated).
4. Individual Probiotic Needs– Dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, corn-free, non-GMO, veggie capsules are all qualities important to some people, read the label to find out if your probiotics meet these needs.
Probiotic strains differ in many ways:
Acid and bile resistance
Colonizers vs. transients
Production of enzymes
Production of vitamins
Testing for Probiotic Qualities
How many strains do you need?
The right strain(s) are more important than the number of strains. Selection of probiotics should consider whether testing of the formula is done with individual strains only or whether the product is tested as a formula or blend. Look for quality companies that test the entire formula, not just individual strains.
How do you select a probiotic brand?
The consumer must consider the above selection criteria before choosing his/her probiotic brand. Look for probiotics with a success record. DDS probiotics from UAS Laboratories have been used by consumers around the world for 33 years and meet all of the selection criteria. Dr. Dash, the founder of UAS Laboratories, has helped to shape the probiotics industry through innovations, high quality standards and industry-wide contributions.
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