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This guide to probiotics makes it easy to pick the best supplement for you

Your gastrointestinal tract is home to more than 500 different strains of bacteria that perform very important functions in your body—from the mouth all the way down to the rectum. But beneficial bacteria’s best-known role in good health is the protection they offer against harmful bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Probiotics produce organic compounds—including lactic acid, hydrogen peroxide, and acetic acid—that increase the acidity in your intestines. This helps to prevent all of those “bad” bugs from reproducing.

Probiotics also produce bacteriocin, natural antibiotics that kill harmful microorganisms and enhance your immune system by boosting disease-fighting cells. These friendly flora help your body synthesize vitamins and absorb nutrients. They keep pathogens at bay and interact directly with your immune system to improve your overall health.

As you can see, these friendly bacteria play a vital role in health. Get the most from your probiotic supplement with these customized choices.


Essential Formulas Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics Original Formula is formulated with 12 strains of bacteria, plus prebiotics, enzymes, and micronutrients. This bestselling formula involves a unique fermentation process that ensures optimal absorption.

A great choice for: People who are traveling (no refrigeration required); those who don’t like taking large pills; and people interested in overall wellness, including immune balance and digestive health.


ReNew Life Ultimate Flora Ultra Potent 100 Billion features 12 probiotic strains and a whopping 100 billion live and active cultures to help relieve even complex digestive issues.

A great choice for: People who want an extra-strength probiotic for digestive problems, including irritable bowel syndrome, post-antibiotic replenishment, gut dysbiosis, and constipation; those who don’t like taking a bunch of pills.


Garden of Life RAW Probiotics are a new line of raw, whole-food, and full-spectrum probiotics made with more than 30 probiotic strains. Choose from 5-Day Max Care, Vaginal Care, Ultimate Care, and Colon Care.

A great choice for: People following a raw, vegan, and/or vegetarian diet; those with sensitive digestive systems; people looking to target specific health concerns.


American Health Enzyme Probiotic Complex supports digestion and nutrient absorption with nine naturally based enzymes plus 2 billion probiotic organisms.

A great choice for: People with common digestive complaints such as gas, bloating, and indigestion; those with food sensitivities; and people who are traveling (no refrigeration required).


GoodBelly Tropical Orange Probiotic Juice Drink can help you start your day right with an innovative twist on OJ—each serving contains 10 billion live probiotic cultures.

A great choice for: People who prefer getting probiotics through food; adults and kids; people who forget to take their supplements.

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