Some Tips You Should Know Before You Find a Best Probiotic

We already know how to find a best probiotic for infant, such as adequate dosage, formula contains prebiotics, choose a coated supplement, etc. Now we will explain the detail recommendation dose for each of symptom, depend on your specific requirement.

As FDA didn’t announce any RDAs for probiotics, so we list the recommendation dosage below are from some studies, and clinic researches. Here we go:

1. Most of the probiotic supplements are for the purpose of promotion for digestive tract.

After you take antibiotic medicine, you may also suffer from diarrhea related to antibiotic treatment. To save your small intestine, it has been suggested that you need to take probiotic supplements as soon as diarrhea appears. But some recent researches stated that you can take the probiotics supplement just at the beginning of the day you take oral antibiotic medicine, and take supplements 1 or 2 weeks more after antibiotic therapy ends. To avoid the antibiotic medicine kills probiotic organisms by mistake, researchers also suggest that you’d take probiotics after taking antibiotic at least 2 hours later.

It shows that with 50 – 100 billion organisms’ combinations of Lactobacillus acidophilus CL 1285 and Lactobacillus casei LBC80R, or 10 – 20 billion cells of Lactobacillus GG or 17 billion cells of a combination of L. acidophilus NCFM, L. paracasei Lpc-37, B. lactis Bi-07 and B. lactis BI-04 in equal parts daily, you’ll have less incidence of antibiotic-related diarrhea. Yes, probiotics supplement contains multiple species of organisms may be more effective than those in single species.

2. To cure chemotherapy-induced diarrhea, it suggests to take 10 – 12 billion cells of Lactobacillus GG daily may be effective.

3. As traveler’s diarrhea related, it suggest to take at least 2 billion cells of Lactobacillus GG two days before your trip and continue to take throughout the travel, will help reduce the incidence of traveler’s diarrhea.

4. IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and functional abdominal pain

A four strains combination supplement of Lactobacillus rhamnosus NCIMB 30174, Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus acidophilus and Enterococcus faecium in a water-based suspension of barley extract with 10 billion live organisms per 50 ml daily shows the effective result in reduce pain and improved bowel habits.

Before we choose the best probiotics for above symptoms, you should aware that probiotics supplement with enteric coating have more survival rate of strains from the stomach acid than those capsules/tablets without coating. Only 10 – 20% of cells amount will sustain throughout acid in the stomach if taken orally for probiotic supplement with no coating according to one study. While strains have several times of survival chance if it’s in enteric coating.

Here is the best probiotic supplement with 50 billion CFU, with enteric coating and contains FOS:

Renew Life Ultimate Flora Critical Care

5. Women suffer from vaginal bacterial infections

With one billion viable cells of L. rhamnosus GR-1 and L. fermentum RC-14 supplement seperately, women can take it daily by oral and results to reduce colonization of the vagina by potential pathogenic bacteria and yeast.

The best probiotic supplement for vaginal bacterial infection:

Renew Life Ultimate Flora Vaginal Formula, with enteric coating and contains FOS:


Probiotic supplements also show promise not just for support immunity by reducing cold and flu symptoms (suggested to take a combination of Lactobacillus plantarum and Lactobacillus paracasei , one billion per day during cold season), but also help weight and fat loss (a million cells of Lactobacillus rhamnosus daily or a probiotic yogurt contains Lactobacillus acidophilus La5 and Bifidobacterium lactis ). It appeared to reduce weight by almost 4 lbs. during 8 weeks, as well as reduce LDL and total cholesterol slightly.

So just for general health purpose, some yogurts and fermented milk are good for your daily balance of gastrointestinal tract. You may only resort to above best probiotics supplements when the supporting from natural food are not enough for you.

Best Time to Take Supplements

People always ask me when the best time to take supplements is. We can easily tell usage from the suggestion in product’s label. For example, you may find it here:

best time to take supplements

Recommendation: Take 1 tablet daily, preferably with food.

It is one multivitamins/multiminerals product, normally contains vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E, and other nutrients. To have a better absorption of these fat soluble vitamins or minerals, you’d better take it after a meal. For calcium, magnesium and iron, stomach acid helps them released from the supplement tablets and lead to a better absorption for zinc.

And if it has multiple pills in daily serving, you may divide them evenly to your three meals in morning, noon, and dinner, although some products may state as a time release caplets.

For some workout products, such as protein, glutamine, and here is the suggestion when you should take it:

  • 30 minutes before workout;
  • Right after you’ve done with a workout session;
  • Before your bedtime and just wake up in the morning;

But if the product label didn’t have any suggestion, when shall we to take it?

For example:

best time to take supplements

This is a kind of herbal supplement, in order to have a best effectiveness you’d take it in each morning before your breakfast or before each of your meal.

For the following herbal products below, you should be aware of above suggestion for best practice:

  • Grape seed extract
  • Milk thistle
  • Bilberry extract
  • Ginkgo biloba
  • St. John’s wort
  • Turmeric/Curcumin
  • Maca
  • Saw palmetto
  • Echinacea
  • Garlic
  • Cinnamon
  • Ginger root
  • Black cohosh

Some nutrition supplements have an enteric coating, one protective layer applied to a softgel, capsule and caplet. Normally made of materials, such as starch and plasticizers. This coating prevents the ingredient from being released in the stomach and destroyed by acid in the stomach, e.g. some digest enzymes. So the ingredient can keep intact in stomach acid and reach the small intestine for a better absorption. Sometimes, supplements like fish oil or garlic are designed with enteric coating, not just for the maximum absorption in small intestine, also to avoid the unpleasant aftertastes or burps after taking the pills.

So for these supplements with strong smell you shall follow the recommendation in the label, possibly take them after a meal.

Somehow, you may find probiotics supplements are suggested to take in an empty stomach, or may also be taken with food. You can take as suggested in the label, but you may need to know some tips when you take probiotics:

1, some strains can survive from stomach acid, such as:

Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium and Streptococcus species

So probiotics included above strains are not necessary using enteric coating, but according to a study, only 10-20% of strains are able to survive from stomach acid if took without food. But it has more times of survival rate if the probiotics supplement has enterically coating. So normally the probiotics supplement with coating effects better than the one without coating, of course, the price will be costly also.

best time to take supplements

EnteroGuard® Coating is one kind of enteric coat technology.

2, some products are with enteric coating technology, but some are not. If the pill doesn’t have an enteric coat, you’d better take it just before you have a meal or during a meal.

Here is a few recommendation of the best probiotics for infant.

We can find whole food source supplements become popular on the market. Although most of these food base supplements are more expensive than others, we still can get benefits from the ingredients from natural food.

best time to take supplements

For example, the above mentioned prenatal vitamins is the best prenatal vitamins, gentle organic formula and can be taken with or without food.

As it contains vitamin B6 and ginger root, that will help soothe the stomach from upset in the morning when a pregnant woman in her first trimester.

best time to take supplements

And some supplements are prescribed from your physician, you have to follow the instruction from a professional. Be careful, some supplements may interact with medicine, such as natural vitamin E will thin your blood, if you’re taking warfarin or aspirin, don’t take them at the same time in a high dose until you have a suggestion from a pharmacist!