2017 Consumer Survey's Probiotic Guide

Constipation? Irritable Bowel Syndrome? Bloating? Diarrhea? Discover the Best Probiotics Supplements on the Market Today.

Updated 01/17/2017

In December 2014, Forbes Magazine predicted that 2015 would be the "year of the microbiome." Here we are, going into 2017, and we cannot escape hearing about the trillions of bacteria residing in our stomach, mouth, and skin - the human microbiome.

Today, the main way people are improving their gut's health is with a highly effective probiotic supplement.

As the tidal wave of probiotic information continues to hit the shores, people who are being introduced to gut flora are left stranded and confused.

Consumer Survey Research Group has gathered months of research in this competitive category. This guide will help you find out what you need to know when selecting an effective probiotic supplement and how we chose our top 3. probiotics before and after

Probiotics 101 - The Basic Terminology

Whether you are new to probiotics or you've heard it all before the terminology associated with probiotics can be somewhat overwhelming. Below are some definitions and explanations of terms used when people talk about probiotics.

Gut Microbiome, Gut Flora, and Gut Microbiota can be used interchangeably and are terms used to describe the complex community of microorganisms (bacteria) that live symbiotically in your digestive track.

Bacterium or Bacteria are unicellular microorganisms that have a simple structure, they often aggregate in colonies, and can thrive in various environments. The human gut contains 100-trillion (about 3 pounds worth) of good and bad bacteria, aka your gut microbiome.

Probiotics, according to the World Health Organization are, "live microorganisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host." Probiotics are beneficial bacteria your body uses.

Prebiotics, are a special form of dietary fiber that act as a fertilizer for good bacteria (probiotics). They are, in essence, an energy source for probiotics. Prebiotics can be found in fruits and vegetables that are high in fiber and in NutraFlora. When it comes down to it, prebiotics are to probiotics like gas is to your car. Without gas, your car isn't going to start, without prebiotics, the probiotics you consume won't be able to flourish.

NutraFlora, is a highly effective prebiotic found in fruits, vegetables, and grains.

Colony-Forming Units, CFUs are a microbiological term that describes the density of viable bacteria in a product. In other words, the CFUs tells you how rich in probiotics a food actually is -- and how much will be available to your body.

Genus, Species, Strains, and Substrains, bacteria are given names based on their genus, species, strains and finally their substrain. The first word of the bacteria is the genus, the largest group the bacteria belongs to. The different types of bacteria is known as the species while the last part of the bacteria's name is the specific stran. The substrain is the third part of the bacteria's name, it properly attributes the strain's clinical study and ensures the validity of it's benefits.

Example: Lactobacillus Acidophilus La-14TM

Now that you have a better, overall understanding of probiotics, let's take a look at some of the reasons why you need to incorporate probiotics into your life.

Is Your Gut Microbiome Out of Balance?

It's not as obvious as a runny nose or an uncontrollable cough, but there are several signs of an out of balance microbiome.

The balancing act of your gut flora is not as complicated as it seems. You want to limit the bad bacteria by increasing your good bacteria by supplementing with probiotics and encouraging them to flourish with prebiotics.

Your microbiome may be out of balance if...

Having an unbalanced gut microbiome may be the leading cause of several health issues. Choosing the right probiotic supplement is imperative to solving several of your health issues.

What You Need to Look for in a Good Probiotic:

The Importance of Multiple Strains

The number of bacteria in our microbiome is massive, so are the different types of species and strands that make it up.

Purchasing probiotic supplements with a variety of strains is more beneficial than purchasing one with fewer types. Your overall health will increase when you introduce multiple types of probiotic strains into your system.

Some brands contain only a single strain and others can offer up to 20 different strains. Scientist say the more strands you intake the better you can control the overgrowth of bad bacteria. It's really about finding out the best combination that works for you.

Below is a list of the top-researched strains currently in use and how they are used to combat particular problems.

Top Strains By Category:

Top 3 Probiotic Supplements

We've compiled this list after testing and trying over 60 different probiotic supplements for potency.

The Probiotics We Tested

  • 1MD Complete Probiotics Platinum
  • Align Probiotic Supplement
  • Advanced Probiotics
  • Bifidus Best Advanced Probiotic
  • Probiotic-40 Supplement
  • Nexabiotic Probiotic
  • Bio K Plus Acidophilus Capsules
  • BIOPRO-50 Ultimate Probiotic
  • Bioprotics Probiotic
  • Pro-X10 Probiotics
  • Bowtrol Probiotics
  • Culturelle Probiotics
  • Digestive Advantage Probiotics
  • Dr. Axe Probiotics
  • Probium Probiotics Multi Blend 12B
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#1: Complete Probiotics Platinum by 1MD

1MD is our number one rated Probiotic Supplement, here's why:

  • Contains 50 billion live cultures in each serving
  • 11 robust strains, selected specifically to assist with acid and bile resistance
  • Endorsed by a medical physician specializing in digestive health
  • Each Strain lists its substrain that has been clinically studied.
  • Each vegetarian capsule is specially designed to resist stomach acid, which securely delivers the probiotics to the intestinal tract
  • NutraFlora Fiber is included to aid in the growth of the Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli strains
  • Take only one capsule per day for full serving
  • Has no synthetic fillers or binders making it completely all-natural
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4.5 out of 5 stars
5 Star (2822)
4 Star (617)
3 Star (563)
2 Star (197)
1 Star (513)

#2: LiveWell Pro45 Probiotics by Livewell-Labs

LiveWell Pro45 Probiotics is the Consumer Survey #2 probiotic supplement. Here’s why:

  • Contains 45 billion cultures
  • Contains 11 robust clinically studied strains
  • Uses vegetarian, delayed release capsules
  • Contains NutraFlora Fiber a prebiotic used to nourish probiotics
  • Does not require refrigeration
  • Is not endorsed by a doctor
  • Made in the U.S.A
  • Offers a risk-free 365 day money-back guarantee
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4.8 out of 5 Stars
5 Star (3122)
4 Star (614)
3 Star (553)
2 Star (207)
1 Star (511)

#3: Align Probiotic Supplement by Meta

Align Probiotic Supplement is our number 3 probiotic supplement, here's why:

  • Product is from popular, well-trusted health brand Meta
  • Contains only one billion cultures
  • Uses the strain bifidobacterium infantis (unfortunately that's the only one used)
  • Does not contain a fiber to help aid in the growth and stability of the live cultures
  • Can be stored at room temperature
  • Offers a limited 60 day money-back guarantee
  • Contains multiple synthetic fillers
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3.63 out of 5 Stars
5 Star (936)
4 Star (993)
3 Star (2063)
2 Star (602)
1 Star (296)

P.S. While 1MD is the best probiotic supplement we've found, we would still love to hear about any others you've tried. If you have had a great experience of your own, please send me an email at Katie@ConsumersSurvey.org with the details.


Katie Matthews

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