What should I look for in a probiotic?
First off, your gut is pretty amazing. All those good bacteria working hard to keep your digestive system in balance and your whole body feeling healthy—it’s a big job! And the more good guys the better, which means you can help by taking a daily probiotic supplement. Here are two important things to look for:
This means the overall number of bacteria. Did you know there are more than 100 trillion bacteria inside your digestive tract? To keep that complex system thriving, a high-potency probiotic will contain billions of live cultures per serving to help you get more of the friendly microbes that occur naturally in a healthy gut.
Because more than 1,000 strains of beneficial bacteria can be found in the human gut, it makes sense to choose a probiotic supplement that reflects this natural diversity. Lactobacillus strains are the most common in the small intestine, and Bifidobacterium strains are the most common in the colon (or large intestine). It’s ideal to select a probiotic supplement that contains a variety of both.