Probiotics benefit more than digestive health.
The interest in probiotics is growing and with good reason. There is extensive and emerging science about the benefits of probiotics and so you should feel confident in adding probiotics to your nutritional program. The question for many is what is the best probiotic? I get asked that frequently about probiotics and most other nutrients. I wish it were easy to answer but it is not. In most things there is not one best brand or product.
The best product is the one that works best for you. And there can be numerous factors that go into what is best for you. For example here are some of the factors that can differentiate one product from another and it is your process to filter in products based on your criteria. In no particular order:
- Number of probiotic strains included. (more is not necessarily better)
- Number of bacteria colony forming units. (CFU).
- Size of the capsule.
- Is it refrigerated or shelf stable?
- Cost. (look at the cost per serving per day)
- Is it from a known and reputable company?
- Is there clinical scientific inquiry on that particular product or ingredient?
Bottom line is that you should use probiotics. Choose a good company and try the product. Evaluate your results and adjust if necessary. This is how you find credible and reliable products in the market place. With 100’s of companies jumping into the probiotic business you must exercise some discernment when choosing products.
In this interview with Dean Morris, we will discuss some of the benefits of probiotics and we will consider Enzymatic Therapy Probiotic Pearls as our example. Enzymatic Therapy has been making nutritional supplements since 1981 and is well respected for their innovative nutritional products.
About Dean Morris
As a fifth-generation herbalist, Dean grew up on herbs and has diverse experience in organic horticulture, the natural foods industry and healthcare. Taught by his father to grow lady slipper orchids and other herbs, Dean went on to farm 165 acres of organic herbs in the 80’s. While attending Brigham Young University in pre-professional nutrition, he worked for a nationally distributed dietary supplement manufacturer. After college, he served as dean of admissions, author, editor and teacher for John R. Christopher’s School of Natural Healing.
In 1997, Dean was invited to help form a multi-disciplinary alternative medicine team and was granted full practicing privileges as an herbalist at the Columbia hospital Miami Heart Institute in Miami Beach, Florida. From there, he was recruited by Nature’s Way to be their senior educator, formulator, director of new products, and director of technical services. In 2009, Dean resumed full-time directorship of Nebo Health, a consultancy for the dietary supplement industry.