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I believe probiotics are very very important. And I eat and drink several high probiotic foods to ensure that I get a regular supply. But sometimes it is not possible to get enough probiotics in our food. Perhaps we just have not time to make fermented vegetables or water kefir or kombucha. Or life is very high stress and the probiotics are just not keeping up with life’s demands. Or our bodies are not tolerating the homemade goodies because there are so many toxins we are fighting off. In those situations I recommend probiotic supplements. It is hard to know what options are good among all the choices out there.
I had the opportunity to review the supplement Advanced Probiotic Ultra from Optimal Healthcare Labs.
When I use a probiotic I am most interested in the strains of bacteria present in the supplement and in whether they are alive when I am taking them. This particular supplement has 7 different strains of bacteria including the well known L. Acidophilus. It also includes L. Rhamnosus, L. Casei, B. Longum, L. Plantarum, B. Breve, and Bacilus Subtillus. (Who comes up with these names anyway?)
I am picky about what else is included in my probiotic supplement and this one stands a chance. The other ingredients include magnesium stearate, vegetable cellulose, and stearic acid. It does say that it contains milk in the lactose fermentation process. So it would be a problem for those with dairy intolerances like my daughter but it is not a problem for those with a gluten intolerance.
The recommended daily dose is 2 capsules/day and there is a maximum of 60 capsules in a bottle. So ideally a bottle would last a month. At about $20/bottle this is doable for many people.
I would rate this product as a 4 out of 5. I have no reasons to doubt that it is doing its job. And I do think a probiotic is important for all of us to be getting regularly. But I do not like that it is not useable for those with a dairy intolerance.
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