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 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?
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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.
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.
(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, 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.
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?
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