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JJ29
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There are so many probiotics out there. Refrigerated, non-refrigerated etc. I am so confused!
I would like to hear your thoughts about the best and most potent probiotic there is for dealing with yeast/intestinal issues.

Your help is much appreciated!

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Theralac hands down. I also use Saccromyces B. and have another refrigerated probiotic that contains FOS and has multi strains in it.

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Pearls do not work for me.

I find the very best from the ones I tried are Ultra Flora IB by Metagenics. They are very strong and you only need to take one a day and they work for me and I have been on antibiotics for over a year.

Metagenics makes other probiotics too but I feel the Ultra Flora IB are their best.

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A good test is this:

Purchase a probiotic and place a pill in a small glass of whole milk and put a plastic cover over it (clear wrap) after a day or 2, if the milk DOES NOT curdle then it is usually no good. I refrigerate my probiotics as well.

Accidophilus is the most important strain as well!

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quote:
Originally posted by listenswithcare:
Theralac hands down.

Absolutely!

www.theralac.com

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quote:
Originally posted by ByronSBell 2007:
A good test is this:

Purchase a probiotic and place a pill in a small glass of whole milk and put a plastic cover over it (clear wrap) after a day or 2, if the milk DOES NOT curdle then it is usually no good. I refrigerate my probiotics as well.

Accidophilus is the most important strain as well!

Do you keep it refigerated when you do this?
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If you want the probiotics to be delivered into your gut, rather than your stomach, choose one in an enteric coated capsule. Makes a huge difference in effectiveness for me. I like Solaray Multidophilus 12.
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all the good ones say refridgerate after opening. heat will kill your bugs.

I use the super probiotic from gnc. several different strains.

10 billion bugs in a pill. Love it.

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quote:
Theralac hands down.
I agree completely with this! [Big Grin]

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Theralac, Ultra Flora, and for severe cases VSL#3.

Theralac has 20 billion, Ultra Flora 15 billion, and VSL#3 450 billion.

I have bacterial dysbiosis and take all three. When my gut is in good shape, I take the Theralac and Ultra Flora only.

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I take ultra flora, theralac and saccharomycin (spelling?). I take each of these twice a day.

I can't tell you if these are better than other ones but this is what my LLMD advised me to take.

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http://www.bioimmersion.com/betaglucan.htm

definitely my favorite.

Take care.

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I think "Dr. Ohhira's Probiotics 12+" is the best. Read the product reviews!:

http://tinyurl.com/398cou

Also closely followed by "Healthy Trinity" (by Natren)

Here's a link to an article (in .pdf) talking about both products:

http://tinyurl.com/3b2zmu

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quote:
Originally posted by GiGi:
http://www.bioimmersion.com/betaglucan.htm

definitely my favorite.

Take care.

Warning for celiacs....contains oat bran.

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Hands down theralac [Smile]

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http://biology.clc.uc.edu/fankhauser/Cheese/yogurt_index.html

I made yogurt following the protocol from the above link.

It's easy, quick (overnight incubation) and economic.

More importantly it's powerful and you'll never fail.

probiotics in a capsule do die after some time even in a fridge.

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JJ29
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Thank you all for your input on this issue. It has been very informative and helpful.

It seems that Theralac and Ultra Flora are pretty popular.

dguy: Thank you for your suggestion about using an enteric coated product. I didn't know about this.

sixgoofykids: I know I have dysbiosis in my gut because I am having digestive issues (candida/ibs related). How do I know if I have a severe enough case of dysbiosis to warrant taking VSL#3, Theralac, and Ultra Flora together? Who makes VSL# 3?

AndrewInCA: Dr. Ohhira's 12+ and Healthy Trinity also sound great. How long have you used these products and are they more potent etc. than Theralac and Ultra Flora?

Gigi: Bioimmersion sounds good but I am gluten intolerant at this point and can't use it. Thank you, Lymetoo for posting the info about the oat bran.


Anyone else use VSL#3, Dr. Ohhira's+12, Healthy Trinity by Natren, Theralac, and Ultra flora? Please share any pros and cons and /or opinions regarding these products.

Thanks so much for your help!

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quote:
Originally posted by JJ29:
dguy: Thank you for your suggestion about using an enteric coated product. I didn't know about this.

It doesn't have to be enteric coated if it's Theralac. Read the explanation of the product on their site.

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www.customprobiotics.com

I haven't tried this one yet but I bookmarked it and intend to try it next. A poster here mentioned it:

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CP-1 contains five superior strains of freeze-dried probiotics microorganisms with a total bacterial count of 50 billion per capsule guaranteed at date of expiry. These strains are L. Acidophilus, L.Rhamnosus,L. Plantarum, B. Longum and B. Bifidum, and are most specifically helpful to the small and large intestines. To be effective we feel that a probiotics supplement should have a high bacterial count and a blend of different genera. Our latest independent laboratory test results indicate 62 billion total bacterial count per capsule. This count is much higher than claimed to be found in most probiotics products on the market today.

#90 fr $40. Not bad, considering the potency.
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Homemade kefir. I think it's been very beneficial. I also like the cost savings and knowing that it's truly alive.
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JJ29
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Thank you mtnwoman for your recommendation. It does look potent and reasonably priced. Has anyone on this board used this probiotic?

Parisa: I have tried Kefir in the past, but I now have IBS issues and am afraid to use any milk based product because I react to it.

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JJ,

Have you eliminated wheat/gluten from your diet for the IBS?

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Yes, Parisa, I have eliminated wheat and gluten as well as dairy and raw vegetables. I have been doung this for the past three weeks.

I have been eating cooked vegetables and pureed zucchini and broccoli soups with chicken and a little brown rice. I know brown rice is ok for IBS but not for candida.

Do you have any other suggestions?

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You might find some more diet help from Elaine Gottschall's book, Breaking the Vicious Cycle. She helped many people with Crohn's disease and IBS to recover.

http://www.breakingtheviciouscycle.org/index.html

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This is what I take, recommended by my Dr.
Works for me.

"Ultimate Flora Critical Care 50 Billion
is a probiotic formulated specifically
for people who are engaging in or
have recently completed a course of
antibiotics."

http://www.renewlife.com/specs/SpecSheetRNLUltimateFloraCriticalCare.pdf

http://www.renewlife.com/Probiotics/CriticalCare.aspx

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Here is a great site regarding kefir and yogurt and how many billions per serving versus probiotics capsules and tablets.

http://www.healingcrow.com/ferfun/conspiracy/conspiracy.html

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I have tested alot of probiotics with the curddle test. The winners go to PB8, probiotics from "breaking the vicious cycle", and a candex brand that my mom is takeing...

I can also tell they help as well, probiotics will work better if you reduce the stomach acid by taking them with alot o fluids so they can reach the intestines without being damaged by stomach acid

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Theralac gets my vote!
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