Not all probiotic supplements are created equal. Even ones that are doctor formulated can be complete junk, and a waste of your hard-earned money.
That’s why we put together this guide to help you find the best Dr. formulated probiotics. Read on to find out the most important things to look for to find the right probiotics for your unique health needs.
Why You Should Choose Dr. Formulated Probiotics
Probiotics are microorganisms that are intended to have health benefits. There are over 500 different types, which is one of the reasons why it’s important to look for probiotics that are formulated by healthcare experts, not giant corporations.
Large corporations put profits over health. Their number one goal is generating more value for their share holders.
(Most) doctors understand which strains offer the most benefits, and which ones are safest. When you choose a product created by marketers instead of physicians, it’s probably a safe bet their products are going to contain the cheapest, lowest quality ingredients possible.
Other Things to Look for When Choosing a Probiotic Supplement
Aside from looking for Dr.-developed probiotics, there are several other criteria to pay attention to when selecting probiotics:
- Where the ingredients come from. Most supplement companies source their ingredients from countries like China, where ingredients are cheap and regulations aren’t as stringent. On top of that, they often use highly allergenic mediums to spawn their probiotics and/or as fillers in their products (like dairy, corn, soy, and gluten). These allergens can lead to inflammation and other issues, which defeats the purpose of taking a probiotic supplement in the first place). We recommend looking for products that are sourced from North America (like Pure Food DIGEST).
- What type of capsule they use. Here’s a little-known truth about probiotic supplements–even many of the ones that are developed by doctors: most probiotic strains will die in your stomach before they reach your lower gut, where they convey the most benefit. That’s why it’s so important to look for a probiotic with a delayed release capsule. Otherwise, you’re wasting your money.
- What types of strains they use. Not all probiotic strains have been extensively studied in peer reviewed research studies for safety and efficacy. The ingredient list should tell you exactly what strains they use. It’s up to you to determine if those strains are actually beneficial to you. If you’re not well versed in nutritional science, we recommend showing the label to a trusted medical professional who is, and letting them share their thoughts on the effectiveness of each strain. Or try this strategy …
How to Find the Best Doctor-Developed Probiotics for You
The number one thing to do when looking for a new probiotic supplement is:
Identify the condition or conditions you’re looking to treat, and then find a product with probiotic strains that actually have been proven to work for those conditions.
It’s amazing how many folks just buy the best selling product at Amazon or another store, instead of doing their research and figuring out what products are best for them.
A good place to start is PubMed, the online database of medical studies. If you’ve never used PubMed to conduct online research before, it’s actually quite easy. Here’s how …
Head over to Google and type in the name of the condition you’re looking to treat, along with the word “probiotics”.
For example, if I was looking for information on how to treat IBS with probiotics, I would conduct a google search that said:
best probiotic strains for ibs pubmed
In the results, you’ll see a nice list of research studies you can pore over on your own:
And there you have it! If you have questions about probiotics, leave them in the comments and we’ll get back to you with an answer.