Shatter the Myths: Let’s Get Real About Probiotics
It seems like probiotics are everywhere right now—and that’s because they are! People are starting to take their digestive health seriously and seeing the payoff when they start supplementing their health with a probiotic. But with all the products out there how can you know what is right and what might be a stretch? Read below as we help dispel some of the most common probiotic myths.
Myth: All Probiotics are the Same
Truth: It can get confusing. There are more and more probiotic products being introduced every day and it seems like they all have “the latest strain” or “the most colony forming units (CFUs)”. So how can you know that you’re really getting what you’re paying for? Two important details to look for in a probiotic supplement are strain and effectiveness. It’s important to do your homework and find out which strain/strains might be the most beneficial for you.
Not all probiotic strains have been studied however, and that’s an important thing to keep in mind when finding a probiotic for you. Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG®, found in Culturelle®, is the most clinically studied strain of probiotic for digestive health and immune health.*†† LGG® is strong enough and sticky enough to survive stomach acids and successfully colonize in the intestines.*
As for effectiveness, it’s shown that CFU count is also important. Culturelle® doesn’t measure CFUs only by manufacture date like most probiotics do. Instead, Culturelle® guarantees the number of CFUs through the expiration date, at least 10 billion in Digestive Health Daily Capsules**. Because of our advanced packaging process, we can ensure that the number of good bacteria you’re getting are really making it to the large and small intestines.
Myth: Probiotics are Only for Adults
Truth: Children’s tummies are just as susceptible as adults’ when it comes to feeling “off”. And because 70% of the immune system is located in the digestive system, taking a probiotic can benefit little ones who tend to stick their hands in their mouths. While children can benefit from a probiotic, the best supplement for them is going to be a children’s probiotic. These products are specially formulated for kids usually with a lower CFU count than adult probiotics as kids have smaller digestive tracts. Culturelle® Kids probiotics also come in tasty packets and chewables to make it easier and more enjoyable for kids to take!
Myth: All Probiotics Have to Be Stored in the Fridge
Truth: A lot of probiotic supplements do need to be stored in the fridge but not all. When certain strains get warm or hot they die off so keeping that probiotic cold in the fridge ensures that the CFUs are live when they’re taken. However, most supplements aren’t shipped refrigerated or even kept in the refrigerator aisle in the supermarket so for the probiotics that do need to be refrigerated, CFUs have the opportunity to die off before purchase. This is why packaging is important. Culturelle® comes to you specially packaged to keep light, moisture, heat and air out so it can be stored at room temperature or below!
Myth: Food is as Effective as a Probiotic Supplement
Truth: Like we talked about before, when it comes to probiotics, CFU count is important. The CFUs are the live cultures, or good bacteria, that are there to help balance out your gut microbiome. In general, at least 1 billion CFUs are needed to be effective, but the amount depends on the strain and benefit you seek, especially when taken to restore balance to the digestive system.1 The problem with most foods like enriched juices, breakfast bars, yogurts and fermented foods is that you cannot be sure how many CFUs they contain. Most probiotic-enriched foods simply don’t know how many live cultures are in them by the time they’ll be consumed. These foods also usually contain a fair amount of sugars which have been shown to upset the digestive system and produce more gas.2 By adding a probiotic supplement to a healthy lifestyle, you can be sure you’re getting enough live cultures!