When we compare probiotic supplements we need to define our comparison for a specific targeted condition, otherwise the comparison is useless. Moreover, taking the wrong probiotic can be in rare cases harmful. No reason to be scared though, the problems will disappear once the wrong probiotic is stopped, but who wants a few days of unnecessary pain? In conclusion, we need to compare apples to apples.
On this page we compare side by side the best probiotic supplements.
Our contestants are Culturelle, Align, Florastor, Fivelac, Syntol, rephresh pro-b, and a few other that are very strong competitors, but they are not as renowned, as the pack’s leaders. The challengers are Renew Life, Garden of Life, PB8 and Pearls.
No of strains
Strains in the formula
|1||Lactobacillus Rhamnosus GG ATC53103||digestive health, immunity, autoimmune conditions||10-15 billion||Yes||Lactobacillus Rhamnosus GG ATC53103|
|1||Bifidobacterium longum subsp. infantis 35624||IBS|
(abdominal discomfort, gas, and bloating)
|1 bill.||Yes||Yes, ( B. infantis 35624)|
|1||Saccharomyces boulardii||diarrhea, intestinal health, after antibiotics||5 billion||Yes||No, the lyophilization though is.|
|5||Bacillus Coagulans, Bacillus Subtilis, Enterococcus Faecalis, Bifidobacterium Longum, Lactobacillus Acidophilus||digestive health, bacterial and yeast infections, autoimmune conditions||2.05 billion||Yes||No|
|8||B. subtilis, L. helvecticus, S. boulardii, L. acidophilus, L. rhamnosus, L. plantarum, L. lactis, B. bifidum||digestive health, fungal infections, intestinal health||13.6 billion||Yes||No|
|2||Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1, Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14||vaginal health||5 billion||Yes||No|
|10||Bifidobacterium Lactis, Bifidobacterium breve, Bifidobacterium longum, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus paracasei, Lactobacillus salivarius, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lactobacillus bulgaricus||digestive health, intestinal health||50 billion||Yes||No|
|13||Saccharomices boulardii, Lactobacillus plantarum, Bacillus subtilis, Lactobacillus paracasei, Bifidobacterium longum, Lactobacillus brevis, Bifidobacterium bifidum, Bifidobacterium breve, Bifidobacterium lactis, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus salivarius, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lactobacillus casei||intestinal health, immunity booster||15 billion||Yes||No|
|8||Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lactobacillus casei, Bifidobacterium lactis, Lactobacillus salivarius, Bifidobacterium bifidum, Bifidobacterium longum||digestive health||14 billion||Yes||No|
|2||Lactobacillus Acidophilus and Bifidobacterium Longum||vaginal and digestive health||1||Yes||No|
As we see in the comparison table above, the supplements we are comparing are different in a few ways. The most important difference though, is the strains in the formulation, and the conditions that they address. This is particularly important because the various strains have different effects in our bodies, so we have to take them according to the manufacturer’s claims. Even if all of them will have a positive effect in the end, it might not be in the area we needed most, or it might take longer than desired, if we use the wrong supplement.
If we look at the list above, we can see that the most reputable probiotic supplements, Culturelle, Align, and Florastor have in their composition proprietary strains, or methods. More than that, the CFU is not impressive. Regardless of the number of active colonies, those supplements work.
All of the products are shelf stable, but the manufacturers recommend you don’t store them at excessive temperatures, (above 77 degree Fahrenheit).
All probiotics have a positive effect on our intestinal health. However, in certain conditions, and with certain products, we can experience side effects, such as abdominal discomfort, gas, bloating. This can happen for a few reasons, the most common are the dosage, and the prebiotic content in some formulations. Inulin is added in supplements, to boost the efficiency of the probiotics. However, because inulin is not digestible, it can cause abdominal discomfort for some people. Lowering the dose at the beginning would solve this problem.
To conclude our assessment, the probiotic supplements listed here target different conditions, so a comparison side by side, wouldn’t be right. In many cases, if you take more than one supplement you will get the most benefits.