Some Good Helpers Beside The Best Breast Pump

Natural breast milk from mother is better than the milk from cow, goat or soy milk for a baby. It has less allergenic substance than those from animal or plant that will definitely cause infant’s allergy reaction, such as eczema. We have one handy helper when women breastfeeding her baby: the best breast pump. And now we can give you some good suggestions or helpers if you have following special situation may make you feel troublesome during your breastfeeding period.

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1, nipple pain

Although with our best breast pump: Medela Pump In Style Advanced, breastfeeding women will feel more convenient when she is busy on business or personal affairs, but sometimes the baby still can hurt mom’s nipples when she is feeding her baby. Especially when it comes to the time of baby’s teeth growth, it will absolutely hurt mom’s nipples when baby bites unconsciously during the breastfeeding. That will be the major reason most of the mothers cease the breastfeeding because it really hurt and irritated.

Here is the suggestion to relief this embarrassed situation. There is one double-blind research in Iran,  it will help prevent nipple and aureola cracks if the mother apply one kind of peppermint water – lukewarm peppermint tea to her nipples.

2, need more milk supply

As the baby grows, mother need more nutrients intake to supply the breastfeeding milk. Traditionally the herbs, such as milk thistle, fenugreek and chasteberry were used to promote milk supply, but actually there is no study can proof whether it works or not. There are mixed result for this purpose, acupuncture is also not so reliable.

We suggest provide more high quality protein taking during mother’s breastfeeding life beside the best prenatal vitamins (most of the prenatal vitamins can be taken in postnatal days). More animal source foods about 3.6 OZ -5.4 OZ daily proposed to increase in mother’s diet, more eggs, fish, and sea food. The best cooking method is stewed to produce more juice, that will help the increasing the supply of breastfeed milk.

Does the above information help you or not? It’s hard to be a conscientious mother if you want to breastfeeding your baby. With the best breast pump helping you, and take care of your diet, of course if you have any question, please contact us.

3 Tips before you choose the best prenatal vitamins

Before you start to choose the best breast pump, during the pregnancy period, you will have to know which is the best prenatal vitamins, you should learn some tips before you pick up prenatal supplement in the market or GNC store.

1, You should know the information in the product label.

For example, FDA required each of the nutrient supplement should have DV (Daily Value) marked for each of the vitamins and minerals in the multi-vitamins product. But as we know, the DV was established in 1968, it’s totally outdated comparing the current RDAs.

best prenatal vitaminsLet’s take the vitamin A as example, for the 4-8 aged children, the DV is 5,000 IU, but actually the UL(Upper Intake Level – which means the highest dose of daily intake that is likely show no harm or risk of side effects to the health of most the people) value established in 2001 is only 3,000 IU. It’s really dangerous when you want to know whether the vitamins or minerals are over dose for you or your family member.

So please read some files about the RDA, you may learn RDI (it’s based on the older standard RDA – Recommended Dietary Allowance from 1968) for each of the common vitamins or minerals.

Especially, before you choose the best prenatal vitamins, you may need to know that some over dose vitamins, like vitamin A, vitamin D or iodine will cause some problem potentially may hurt the pregnant women and infants.

2, the UL of the nutrients vary according to people’s age and gender, just like the RDAs. So for the health person you don’t need to take over dose vitamins or minerals. Unless you get the profession advise from a doctor’s for certain conditions. For example, a pregnant woman may need extra iron if she’s with anemia caused by iron deficiency.

3, Some measurement you need to know about:

1 gram= 1,000 mg (milligram)

1 mg=1,000 mcg (micrograms or μg)

But for some vitamins or minerals, you will find it is marked in IU – International Units that is measured by its activity not by weight. E.g. Vitamin D and vitamin E.

Maybe the above tips are still not enough for you make the final decision to choose the best prenatal vitamins. But I still hope you can feel more confident when you’re reading a supplement label before the vitamin shelf.

Free Your Hands: Best Breast Pump for Mother

This article is about to tell you how to find the best breast pump on the market…

Importance of breastfeeding

It is not long history that physicians began to recommend the breastfeeding for the mothers. For the decades before 1970s, breastfeeding was discouraged by the conventional medicine. By now, we have concluded that the breast milk is the perfect food for a baby as it contains all adequate nutrients.

Additionally, some substances such as colostrum in the breast milk support the immunity system that is important and beneficial for an infant for the first 6 months. There is another benefit, infant has a higher risk of developing allergy-related disease, for example eczema if taking infant formula from cow or soy as it contains more allergenic substances than human breast milk.

What’s the benefits of breast pump?

Physician suggested that the feeding is good communication opportunity between mother and baby. It cannot be replaced simply by the nursing bottle. But under following circumstance, you may need the breast pump to assist you in some.

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The breast pump may help a new mother with following benefits:

Firstly, for a newborn or premature birth infant may don’t know how to suck mother’s nipple, or sometimes the baby bites nipple that causes the pain and irritation which can make a nursing mom stop feeding earlier before six months after the birth of infant. So you need the breast pump to collect breast milk to nurture your infant.

Secondly, using a breast pump will help a mother if she has depressed nipple which make it difficult for breastfeeding;

Thirdly, sometime it is not so convenient for a mother to feeding the baby, if you’re quite busy in office, far away from your baby or in a public place but you don’t want to waste the plenty of breast milk and relieve the breast engorgement .

So if you’re looking forward to find the best breast pump for yourself, here is some suggestions before you make the decision:

  • No pain when pumping
  • Easy for use and sterilization
  • With diversity accessories for different occasional

Electric breast pumps are more powerful and convenient than manual pumps, for the consideration of functions and daily usage.

  • More efficient and free your hands with double pumps
  • More comfortable when select expression speed, more stable session of the vacuum during expression phase
  • Easier to clean and sterilization for the part

Which’s the best breast pump on the market?

We know that there are much choices on the market for the breast pump, such as Philips AVENT, Ameda, Medela. Here we recommend that Medela Pump In Style Advanced On-the-go Tote Set is the best breast pump than others.

The best breast pump, Medela Pump In Style Advanced is with most recommendation stars after popular customer reviews, you may refer to the product features as below:

  • Can be plugged in AC or AA batteries, whenever you’re indoor or outdoor
  • Two stage system stimulates the natural express of a infant nursing pattern
  • A cooler bag with ice pack, supporting a temporary storage of the breast milk
  • Fast expression within just 6~10 minutes, saving more time if pump three time a day
  • More comfortable experience than Swing

Although Medela Pump In Style Advanced is a little bit expensive than the single electric pump, or manual pump, but you know that it worth the price, as it save more time and more comfortable if you need pump frequently day and night, or are a working mother without too much free time.

To produce more milk, you may refer to a book The Breastfeeding Mother’s Guide to Making More Milk by Diana West.

Some tips you may interest, Nonprescription Drugs for the Breastfeeding Mother by Frank Nice.

Best Probiotics for Infant/Kid’s Cold

We learn from some study that for healthy adults, some combinations of Lactobacillus plantarum and Lactobacillus pracasei may reduce the risk of cold rate 55%, compared to 67% of those received placebo group. Not just the occurrence rate, the cold symptoms duration was also lower, it lasted 6.2 days compared 8.6 days for those received placebo group. How to find the best probiotics for infant/kid’s cold?

Either for short term use of probiotics or long period (over 6 months) intake of some certain strain probiotics will be helpful for the kid in the incidence of all kinds of cold symptoms, like fever, coughing, runny nose even acute respiratory infection.

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best probiotics for infant

The researcher showed some statistical significant difference in one study in Ukraine. Even a short-term intake of probiotics will help the children aged from 3 to 12 who took Lactobacillus acidophilus (in 1 billion cells) and Bifidobacterium lactis (in 4 billion cells) mixed as powder. They started to take probiotics with 50 mg prebiotic at the first day that a family member appeared to have sick symptom. As a result, after two weeks intake or lasted to the end of any symptom the children may developed, totally 57% of children in the probiotic group vs. 65% in placebo group who developed acute respiratory infections. There was one significant difference for the duration of the infection, 5 days in probiotics group vs. 7 days in placebo group. Meanwhile the severity of the infection was reduced significantly in probiotics group than those in placebo group.

That’s why we always try to find the best probiotic for kid.

In long period study happened in China, for the kids from 3 to 5, taking a combination of Lactobacillus acidophilus (5 billion cells daily) and Bifidobacterium animalis subsp lactis (5 billion cells daily) from November to May totally 6 months, was shown that the incidence of fever reduce by 73%, 59% for runny nose, 62% for coughing. At the same time, the duration of these symptoms were reduced by 48%.

So we encourage people treat their kids with probiotics when any family member have cold symptoms. To choose the best probiotics for infant/kid, you will click here to find what you need.

The Best Calcium is from Food

We know how to choose the best calcium supplement for the people in different ages. But we suggest for those are deficient from calcium is looking for this essential on food base.

So you may come out a question:

Is it safer to intake calcium from nature foods than from calcium supplement?

Why shall we restrict the amount from calcium supplement?

In general, it is associated with a higher risk of kidney stones if you’re taking too much calcium from supplement. A study reviewed for postmenopausal women who have a history of kidney stones, with CT scans for that taking calcium supplement daily 439 mg averagely, found that the stones grew at a rate of 7.8 mm every month in average, comparing with those not taking calcium supplement are 4.49 mm. However, the study found that vitamin D supplements showed no added risk, on contrary, it has protective effect, as the stones grew at only 3.3 mm in one month.

Also it may increase the occurrence of heart attack both in women and men, prostate cancer rate in men. Compared to a daily intake dose 500 mg – 1,000 mg, a study found that those take 1,500 mg daily combined with the sources from food and supplement may increase prostate cancer risk, especially for advanced prostate cancer.

The researchers suggested that either too much or too little calcium from food will increase the occurrence risk of prostate cancer, but it would be protective if intake adequate dosage. For example, for 51- 70 aged men the AI (adequate intake) is 1,000 mg per day, it’s 1,200 mg per day for age 71 or older. Don’t worry, this dose amount is quite easy to obtain from your daily servings, e.g. dairy (a cup of milk provides calcium about 300 mg) and some vegetables: cooked soybeans and spinach provides about 250 mg per cup, 1/4 firm block tofu provides 160 mg calcium. Other nuts, meat, some certain range of fruit, you can also obtain smaller amount of calcium.

Here you can refer the article for the best calcium supplement.

Best Probiotics: Probiotics help the treatment of Mastitis

Some nursing mothers wean prematurely maybe because of the busy work, but some may not. Mastitis, a kind of bacterial infection which leads to breast inflammation painfully, and nursing mother will find breast redness most of the time. That pain stops the mother continues to feed her infant although most of them have awareness of the importance of the breast feeding at the first 6 months after birth.

best probiotics for mastitisSome tips you may need to know how to stop the breastfeeding pain from here, but actually we have promising treatment of Mastitis with certain strains of probiotics.

Two probiotic strains, Lactobacillus fermentum and Lactobacillus salivarius can be also found in breast milk, have shown the significant reduction of the breast pain. In this study (2010), 352 breastfeeding mothers with mastitis involved, after 21 days with 90 billion cells of either of above two strains capsules daily. At the meantime, it shows a lower bacterial counts and more complete recovery rate, after comparing the group who took antibiotic. And for recurrence rate of the infection, antibiotic group was 30.7%, and for the group who took either of the two strains had a lower rate (10.5% and 7.1%, respectively).

We know there are plenty of probiotics products on the market, most of them are for the purpose of diarrhea relief, or immune enhancement. To support the treatment of mastitis, we need the product with the strain of Lactobacillus fermentum, or Lactobacillus salivarius. Here is the product we found for your reference:

Nexabiotic Probiotic Advanced Multi-Probiotic contains Lactobacillus salivarius, and other 20 strains with 15 billion CFU per serving (2 capsules). With delayed release capsule, it may protect probiotic from acid inside of stomach.

PRO-15 Advanced Strength Probiotics contains both of Lactobacillus fermentum and Lactobacillus salivarius, and other strains, with 15 Billion CFU per tablet.

Please also notice that the treatment for mastitis is with dose of 90 billion for 21 days to reduce breast pain and infection, the above two probiotics products are much lower than this dosage, so it may need more time to see the effectiveness after serving.

 

 

Synthetic Form VS Natural Form

As I mentioned in the article of The Best Prenatal Vitamins, we’d like to choose the natural source for each of the ingredient in the formula.

It is not just more biological activity from natural form than a synthetic source for some nutrients, but also more safe and less side effectiveness if it’s all from a food base.

However you can see that the product price is much higher if we choose some ‘labeled as whole food’ brands, such as Garden of Life, New Chapter, Megafood than other brands.

Also there is some disadvantage when we choose the natural source product. The dose of the ingredient are much lower than normal brand. Maybe it is a little cost consideration for this product. For example:

Currently, as we know the vitamin E has different potency between the synthetic and natural source. There are different stereoisomer forms within vitamin E family. d-alpha-tocopheryl acetate, d-alpha tocopherol and d-alpha tocopheryl acid succinate, are three forms of natural vitamin E. Synthetic vitamin E refers to dl-alpha-tocopherol. One easy way to tell if vitamin E is from natural forms or synthetic form, is reading from the ingredient formula: if it contains mixed tocopherols and/or d-alpha-tocopherol then it is in natural form. If it is dl-alpha-tocopherol then it means they’re synthetic forms.

Synthetic forms vitamin E can be in equivalent active if in a much higher IUs as natural vitamin E. But at the same time it has a higher risk of potential bleeding issue if take fewer dose of synthetic vitamin E.

Label in synthetic form Vitamin E:

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Label in Natural Vitamin E:

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Synthetic folate, called folic acid is more stable and higher absorption in the body about twice as well as natural folate. But be careful, it will cause some safety concern when you take an overdose folic acid, but it is safe when you intake too much folate if it’s from your dietary.

A natural MK-7, also known as vitamin K2 has a longer half-life time than vitamin K1 (synthetic source), although vitamin K2 is at a higher cost but becomes more popular in supplement’s formula.

We can find there are natural form (triglyceride form) and synthetic form (ethyl esters)on the market when we try to buy fish oil supplement. You can easily tell the price in triglyceride is more expensive than in ethyl esters, which means a higher absorption in short term in the body (it is equally if taking fish oil supplement both in triglyceride or ethyl ester in a long term).

Recommended: Best fish oil for pregnancy

Of course, there are some exceptions for the nutrient absorption between natural form or synthetic form.

For vitamin C, actually our body cannot tell if any difference between synthetic or natural form. They’re equally recognized and utilized by the body, both of two forms are providing the L form of ascorbic acid.

Generally, we suggest you to take supplements in natural form than in synthetic form, if you’re taking the safe and effective at the first place other than the product price when you’re choose the supplement.

Recommended Dose in Prenatal Vitamins

If you’re facing deficiency of some nutrition when you’re in pregnancy, you should be aware of choosing best prenatal vitamins in order to born a healthy baby.

You’d like to know the following dose recommended by authority, e.g. FDA, before you take any supplement. But some of the nutrients we don’t have the RDA values at this moment.
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Vitamin A
Any excessive dose of vitamin A will cause a lot of trouble for pregnant women, for example, birth defects such as heart defects, cleft palate and hydrocephalus. The liver, bone, nervous system and skin will be damaged if intake a much higher dose of vitamin A.
To reduce the risk of above mentioned defects, pregnant women should avoid any prenatal vitamins which may contain more than 5,000 IU preformed vitamin A, suggested by the March of Dimes. It said that any separated vitamin A supplement exceeded this dosage should not be consumed by pregnant women and reduce the consumption of liver or other fortified foods which are enrich of preformed vitamin A. But vitamin A from fruits or vegetables existed as beta-carotene is not included.

Vitamin B-1 (Thiamin) supports human’s nervous system.
The RDA for pregnant/lactating women is 1.4 mg per day. UL value is not established at this moment.

Vitamin B-2 (Riboflavin) supports the skin and vision function.
RDA value for pregnant women is 1.4 mg, for lactating women is 1.6 mg per day. UL value is not established right now.

Vitamin B-3 (Niacin) helps the function of releasing energy from carbohydrates.
The RDA value is 18 mg for pregnant women, and 17 mg for lactating women.

Vitamin B-6 (Pyridoxine) plays important role in metabolism and immune/nervous system.
The RDA value is 1.9 mg and 2.0 mg for lactating women.

Vitamin B-9 (Folate) is very important for pregnant women, and if you plan to conceive.
The RDA value is 600 mcg for pregnant women, 500 mcg for lactating women.

Vitamin B-12 supports the function of building blood cells.
The RDA value is 2.6 mcg for pregnant women, 2.8 mcg for lactating women.
UL value is not established at this moment.

Vitamin C is an essential for blood vessel walls and bones.
The RDA value is 80 mg for pregnant women with eighteen years and younger, and 85 mg when nineteen years or older. For lactating women, 115 mg is suggested for eighteen years and younger, 120 mg for nineteen years or older.
The UL value is setup for adult only, 2,000 mg for 19 years and older.

Chromium supports the regulation of blood sugar in human’s body.
For pregnant women, it suggests to take 29 mcg for eighteen years or younger, 30 mcg for nineteen and older.
44 mcg is for lactating women when eighteen or younger, 45 mcg when nineteen or older.
No UL value is established at this moment. But if you take in excessive dose may increase the risk of damage to kidney or other organs.

Copper is one essential for skin pigment and connective tissue.
The RDA value for pregnant women is 1,000 mcg, 1,300 mcg for lactating women.
The UL value is established for adults only, 10,000 mcg for nineteen years and older.

Iodine controls the thyroid hormones producing, either the deficiency of it will cause low thyroid activity, or the intake in over dose will cause hypothyroidism. 3 cases of congenital hypothyroidism in infants reported due to high dose iodine supplement (11 times of UL value, and 57 times of RDA) taken by their mothers. Contrastly, if the mothers are deficient of iodine that will cause a brain development problem in their offspring. In U.S. it was reported in May 2014, that about one-third of pregnant women are marginally iodine deficient. And it was advised that pregnant women need to take a supplement containing 150 mcg iodine (from 197 mcg of potassium iodide) from a statement of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Iron, it leads to anemia if deficient in pregnant women. The RDA value for pregnant women is 27mg.
The RDA is 10 mg for lactating women 18 years and younger. 9 mg when she is 19 and older.

Magnesium is an assistant of human’s nerve system and metabolism.
It suggested for pregnant women with 400 mg if they’re 18 years or younger, it’s 350 mg if 19 or older, 360 mg if 31 or older.
The RDA for lactating women, it’s 360 mg when they’re 18 years or younger, 310 mg when they’re 19 to 30, 320 mg when they’re equal or older than 31.

Manganese play roles in metabolism and bone formation.
The RDA for prenatal women is 2.0 mg daily;
For lactating women need 2.6 mg daily.
It will cause neurological side effects if intake too much.

Molybdenum is a part of multiple enzymes inside of the human’s body.
The recommended dose of molybdenum for pregnant women or lactating women is 50 mcg daily.

Selenium is needed for body’s antioxidant system.
The RDA for pregnant women is 60 mcg;
For nursing women it’s 70 mcg daily.

Zinc is working for sperm production, brain functionalities and wound healing.
The RDA for pregnant women, for 18 years or younger is 14 mg daily, and 11 mg when they’re 19 years and older.
The RDA for lactating women is 14 mg when they’re 18 years and younger, 12 mg when they’re 19 years and older.

For the nutrients of vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin K, and the mineral of calcium, we currently don’t have the specific recommendation dose for prenatal women, only have the standard for adult.

Be careful when you’re in pregnancy, an eutrophy daily food will help both of the mother and fetus. If you cannot ensure your health dietary, you may need a selective prenatal vitamins instead.

The Importance of Essentials in Prenatal Vitamins

We already know how to find the best prenatal vitamins, but we may also need to learn what the benefit the prenatal vitamins can help us before we take it. Researcher had some evidences that supporting the prenatal vitamins brought about the healthy benefit for the pregnant women.

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So here, we can collect some useful information as listed below:

For iodine

Due to concerns about inadequate iodine intake among pregnant and lactating women, in May 2014, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a statement advising such women to take an iodine-containing supplement. Unfortunately most prenatal supplements currently do not contain the amount of iodine being recommended (150 mcg of elemental iodine from 197 mcg of potassium iodide). (Don’t worry about this, the prenatal vitamins we recommended here are with adequate iodine dosage)

Too much iodine intake during pregnancy can cause problems in infants, but so can too little. Three cases were reported of infants born with congenital hypothyroidism apparently due to their mothers having taken the high potency iodine supplement Iodoral (Optimox, Corp) which contains 12.5 mg of iodine/iodide per tablet more than 11 times the UL and nearly 57 times the RDA for iodine for pregnant women. Congenital hypothyroidism has also been reported in infants born to mothers taking an herbal supplement high in iodine-containing kelp.

For vitamin A

Do not take too much vitamin A. The most important risk involves pregnant women. Vitamin A given in modestly excessive doses can cause birth defects. Much higher doses of vitamin A can potentially damage the liver, central nervous system, bone and skin. The UL for daily intake should not exceed 2,000 IU for children 1 to 3 years old, 3,000 IU for those 4 to 8, 5,666 IU for those 9 to 13, 9,333 IU for those 14 to 18, and 10,000 IU for adults. To minimize the risk of birth defects such as cleft palate, heart defects, and hydrocephalus, the March of Dimes recommends that a pregnant women should not use a multivitamin or prenatal supplement that contains more than 5,000 IU of preformed vitamin A. It also advises that a pregnant woman should not take any vitamin A supplements beyond that amount and minimize consumption of liver, which contains preformed vitamin A. However, these ULs apply only vitamin A consumed from supplements, fortified foods, and animal sources, and does not include vitamin A as beta-carotene or intake from fruits and vegetables.

For folate

Folate is known to reduce the risk of certain birth defects. Supplements are generally recommended for women who are pregnant or may soon become pregnant.

In addition, folic acid supplementation at 1,000 mcg per day has been associated with a more than doubling of the risk of prostate cancer.

RDAs of folate for pregnant women, you may refer to here.

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.