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Probiotics 101

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What are Probiotics?

Probiotics are friendly bacteria that provide health benefits by supplementing our microbiota, the microbes naturally living on our bodies including our gastrointestinal system.** The word Probiotic comes from a Greek term that means “for life”, so it’s no wonder probiotics are valued for their ability to help maintain overall health.** From supporting digestive and intestinal health to helping maintain healthy immune function, probiotics have a wide range of benefits which may vary from product to product.**

What are Prebiotics?

Prebiotics provide food for our microbiota, the microbes naturally living in our gastrointestinal system. By providing support to the friendly microbes in the digestive tract, prebiotics have the potential to provide many health benefits.** The word ‘prebiotic’ is seldom used on the label. Instead, look in the ingredients list for Inulin, Chicory fiber, or Fructo-oligosaccharides just to name a few.


What are CFU's?

Colony Forming Units (CFUs) is a measurement that estimates the number of live, active microbes in a probiotic product. Each viable microbe has the ability to multiply and form a colony of duplicate microbes. The number of colonies formed is counted and used to calculate the total number of live active microbes. Some experts recommend taking at least 1 billion CFU per day for everyday support. High CFU count probiotic products are also very popular among consumers and are offered by Puritan’s Pride.

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Species & Strains

While some labels only list the genus and species (e.g. Lactobacillus acidophilus), it is important to also include the strain identity (e.g. Lactobacillus acidophilus La-14) for each probiotic. Similar to the various species of probiotics different strains have different functions - some strains provide everyday digestive support while others support immune function, and other health benefits.** Knowing the different species and strains are important to make sure you are getting the support you’re looking for.**

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Lactobacillus Acidophilus

The acidophilus species includes strains commonly consumed as probiotics, like La-14. Acidophilus is naturally found within the intestinal tract.

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Bifidobacterium Lactis

Found in the bifidobacteria genus is the strain Bi-07. Bifidobacteria are naturally present in the healthy human digestive system.

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Lactobacillus Plantarum

This species includes clinically studied strains, like 299v, which promotes digestive health and delivers good bacteria to your digestive system.**

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