What Are CFUs And How Many Do You Need?
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When comparing probiotics, there are two items on the label that are crucial: the type of probiotic strain and the number of colony-forming units, or CFUs, it contains. You already know that Culturelle® contains 100% of the most clinically-studied probiotic strain, Lactobacillus GG.†† Now it’s time to get into the details of just how much of the Lactobacillus GG you can expect to get in each serving of Culturelle®, and why it’s so important.
As mentioned, CFU stands for colony-forming unit, which simply refers to the number of live and active micro-organisms that can be found in each serving of the probiotic you are taking. When you take Culturelle®, the Lactobacillus GG will begin to colonize the good bacteria in your digestive tract, which is why they are referred to as colony-forming units.*
The Amount Matters
The amount of CFUs you receive can play a big part in how effective the probiotic is that you are consuming. Now this is where it gets complicated. Not all probiotics tell you how many CFUs you are receiving per strain, and the ones that do might not have science backing up the amount. With Culturelle®, it’s different. Culturelle formulations are based on science, with just the right amount of live active cultures to support the unique benefits of each product.
- 15 Billion CFUs in our Health & Wellness Probiotic
- 10 Billion CFUs in our Digestive Daily Probiotic and Digestive Daily Probiotic Chewables
- 5 Billion CFUs in our Kids Purely Probiotic Chewables and Kids Purely Probiotic Packets
Why You Can Trust in Culturelle®
There’s one more factor to consider: Are the number of CFUs promised to you on the label the actual amount you will receive when you take the probiotic? With Culturelle® the answer is a surmounting yes. But with a lot of other probiotics, they merely state the amount of CFUs that were used during manufacturing. Since probiotics are living micro-organisms—and sensitive ones at that—they can die off pretty easily. Heat, moisture, light, and air can all make their lives come to a screeching halt, and if they aren’t alive when you consume them, they won’t be doing any colonizing in your digestive tract.
Thanks to our unique, state-of-the-art manufacturing process and packaging, we are able to guarantee that the number of naturally sourced, live Lactobacillus GG cultures stated on the package is the amount that will make it to your intestinal tract. This is true as long as the expiration date has not passed. You don’t even have to store them in the fridge for them to maintain the strength of the CFU’s (just make sure they are in a dry place that is kept at room temperature or below).
Remember, when you want to achieve the immune and digestive health benefits that probiotics can provide, you need to make sure that you have the correct amount of a proven strain. Culturelle® is the proven probiotic with Lactobacillus GG that can offer you both.*