Best Probiotics for 2019 [Revised]

We read about the connection between the brain and the gut in this article: What is the Gut and Brain Connection? It is recommended to take pre and probiotics to improve the health of the digestive system and allow it to work better (and just plain feel better). They are also good for your brain! When the gut is working properly, it actually produces neurotransmitters that help your brain and body too. It also normalizes cortisol, our stress hormone. We can use all the help we can get with stress, right?

Featured in: The Top 10 Brain Supplements

There are a lot of probiotics available and many are quite good. I went with these because of quality and user ratings. I have found that Life Extension brand is excellent quality. Garden of Life brand is also excellent and is very picky on sourcing their ingredients. Puritan’s Pride usually has some specials going on though such as Buy 1, Get 2 or Buy 2, Get 3 and the user ratings on their products are always high.

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One measurement in probiotics is called CFU (colony-forming unit). CFU is how many active cultures it has. It doesn’t fully mean that more is better. It also depends on the strains it has. Some strains require less to be effective.

Check out these quality probiotics:

Here are the best probiotics for 2019:

Puritan’s Pride Probiotic 10®

This supplement contains 20 billion live probiotic cultures.

Puritan's Pride Probiotic 10-120 Capsules

(Click on the bottle for pricing and more info).

Proprietary Probiotic Blend     393 mg***
(Which contains 20 Billion Live Cultures**)

Lactobacillus plantarum, Bifidobacterium bifidum, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Lactobacillus salivarius, Lactobacillus brevis, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium lactis, Lactobacillus paracasei, Lactobacillus casei.

Other Ingredients: Gelatin, Dicalcium Phosphate, Silica, Vegetable Magnesium Stearate. Contains milk ingredients

**20 billion active cultures per serving guaranteed at time of manufacture

No Artificial Color, Flavor or Sweetener, No Preservatives, No Sugar, No Starch, No Soy, No Gluten, No Wheat, No Fish. Sodium Free.

This is a great probiotic! I trust this brand to be pure and easily absorbed.

Life Extension Florassist® – Balance

Balance Proprietary Probiotic Blend

15 Billion CFU†

L. acidophilus LA-14; B. lactis BL-04; L. paracasei LPC-37; L. rhamnosus LR-32; B. bifidum/lactis BB-02; B. longum BB536®

Other ingredients: glycerin, vegetable cellulose (capsule), microcrystalline cellulose, silica, stearic acid, chlorophyllin.

Life Extension makes truly superior products. Florassist® has dual-encapsulation technology which protects the probiotics through the stomach. The capsules even look high tech. But it’s not more expensive than many other brands of probiotics.
I’ve been using this lately and I think it’s just right! It works great and you’ll feel great. The reviews are excellent as well. Click on the link for more information about Florassist® Balance. They also have other formulas for specific needs.


Garden of Life Primal Defense® Ultra Probiotic Formula

Primal Defense® Ultra is the Ultimate Broad-Spectrum Probiotic Formula

• Formulated to deliver 15 Billion CFU in a 3 capsule serving

• 13 beneficial species, including Haemostatic® Soil Organisms (B. subtillis) and S. boulardii

• S. boulardii and B. subtilis can thrive in the toughest digestive environments and are undeterred by stomach and bile acids

• Promotes healthy digestive balance

• Supports normal absorption and assimilation of nutrients

• Helps support digestive comfort

• Supports normal digestion of dairy products

• Helps maintain a healthy immune system


This is formulated by a doctor. It is non-GMO, Gluten-free, Vegan, Kosher, and organic. Pretty awesome company. They monitor every ingredient in their products and where it comes from and how it was handled. You can read more about it by clicking the above link.

I hope you found this info helpful. If you aren’t taking a probiotic, you might consider trying one. There are some fantastic choices here depending on any dietary restrictions you have. Probiotics can even help your brain health!

Related Article: What is the Gut and Brain Connection

Please leave any questions, comments or experience with these products below and I’ll be sure to respond as soon as possible. Thank you!

20 thoughts on “Best Probiotics for 2019 [Revised]”

  1. Hi Paula. I had no idea that Probiotics could actually help you with  brain issues as well as your gut. I have had gut issues for some years now and really need to know which of the products you list on your site are actually helpful for someone in my age bracket. I’m in my mid sixties. I also suffer from a condition called ‘Fog brain’ that occurred after years of working in a very stressful job added to by a stressful life. I’m hoping the Probiotics might work for this issue as well. Thanks You. Jim

    • Hi Jim. All of these are good for any age but meant for adults. You should read through the website more. It’s dedicated to helping memory and brain function (including brain fog). 🙂  Thank you for commenting.

  2. Thanks Paula, this is a particularly useful rundown on your top 5 probiotics.

    Personally, I like the Natures Own chocolate ball option, being a chocolate lover but also looking to increase my gut health and general well-being.

    Are any of these kid-friendly, as I have found there are now more kid-friendly vitamin options which can be quite tasty yet healthy?

    Also, do you recommending combining these with any other healthy multivitamin alternatives?

    • Mm.. Chocolate sounds great. 🙂 There are a lot of kid-friendly probiotics out there, and gummies. 🙂 I listed these that are good for people concerned about memory and brain function, who are usually adults. Thank you for adding to the discussion!

  3. Probiotics are known to help the brain function well and actively. This is massive and honestly, worthy. Thank you for sharing all of these here. Truly, the. List here encompasses the very best among probiotics but the one that interests me well from here is the Garden of Life Primal Defense® Ultra Probiotic Formula. The fact it us vegan friendly and cruelty free coupled with the rate of monitoring dine to ensure it is the best. That’s okay by me

  4. Hello, great article on the best probiotics which is something I’ve always considered supplementing into my diet. I never knew about how it could benefit the brain and normalizing cortisol levels, all the more reason to take them.

    The way you laid it out is perfect and informative, I think the Puritan’s Pride “Probiotic 10” sounds good, but apparently it has “milk ingredients” which I’m not sure if I can take because I am lactose intolerant, will it be okay for me? If it is I might give this one a try and see how it works for me. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

  5. Yeah, i read your previous article that discussed the connection between the gut and brain and I learned so much from it. Thanks for sharing about the best probiotics of 2019, its good to take some of these because of the way it affects and improve the brain. Its nice that you shared this article, please does the usage of probiotics have age range??

    • No, but these are intended for adults. It’s almost always one per day. There are other probiotics for kids through the Garden of Life link. I appreciate you visitng my website. 

  6. I had no idea about the connection intestinal health had with brain function!  I used to take some pre/pro biotics but stopped a while ago.  I’m not even sure why I stopped to be honest.  I’m sometimes not so good at taking the medications and things I should.

    I think I’ll give one of these a try.

    I tried ordering the Puritan’s Pride but I can only ship 1 bottle at a time to Canada – kind of ruins the discount.

    I might have to do a little poking around to see what I can get easily in Canada, do you have any ideas of more Canadian friendly suppliers?

    • The one below that, Life Extension, ships outside the US. 🙂  And The Garden of Life at Vitacost can ship for a lower price to Canada. Thanks for reading and asking.

  7. Brain and memory functions can be best taken care of by using a trusted product of probiotics as you’ve said that there are several products out their that are not as credible as they seem. I really hope to see more of this article that will centre on kids friendly products. It is helpful to have the list of best probiotics for 2019, I’ll share it with some people who I know are gonna need it.

  8. Hi Paula,

    It’s an eye-opener for me when I read the connection between the brain and the gut.

    Thanks for these helpful recommendations and it saves me a lot of time and trouble. I am focused on healthy digestion and intestinal health so Puritan’s Pride “Probiotic 10” is the one I am interested with. Buy 1 Get 2 Free 3 for $23.99 is an awesome and irresistible offer.

    As you mentioned the reviews and ratings are great so this is on my list.

  9. Hello Paula, thank you for sharing this post on the best probiotics for 2019. Nice to know what probiotics are meant for;bgood for our brains and guts. Just as you’ve considered Life Extension brand base on the quality and users’ ratings, that’s exactly how I make my buying decision (based on my research, experience and users’ reviews). It’s no brainer that Life Extension brand is the way to go for probiotics.

    Best wishes!

  10. I have heard about probiotics being  beneficial to your health. I was impressed with the Garden of Life product that was gluten free, vegan, Kosher and organic all rolled into one. I think that a company that goes through great lengths to accommodate the needs of so many should be taken seriously. 

    Not having taken probiotics before is it necessary to talk this over with a doctor before taking these products? 

    Thanks for bringing three high quality probiotics to the attention of your readers. 


    • You really don’t have to talk with a doctor about probiotics unless you have a gastro problem. They are completely natural and needed by our gut. 


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