How many strains should be in your probiotic?

2019-02-07T16:23:39+00:00February 7th, 2019|Digestive Health|

What are probiotics?

Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your digestive system. Often referred to as ‘friendly bacteria’, they exist within our gut. Studies have shown that probiotics can aid our digestive health by helping to prevent symptoms of digestive upset – including wind, bloating and diarrhoea.

Often naturally sourced, there are many different ‘strains’ or types of probiotic bacteria and some products contain more than one strain. So, which should you choose?

What is the difference between multi-strain and single-strain probiotic supplements?

Probiotic supplements containing more than one strain of bacteria are commonly referred to as ‘multi-strain’ supplements.

Most benefits of probiotics are considered to be strain specific, so in theory multi-strain probiotic supplements should mean that the supplement is more effective. However studies have shown that this is not always the case.

Scientific studies for probiotic strains are often carried out on an individual basis. Often when these individually proven strains are combined, they can interact with one another, reducing overall performance.

Which probiotic strain is in Culturelle®?

Culturelle® supplements have all been developed and tested with one single probiotic strain, Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG®), the number one most clinically studied strain of probiotic.††

Over 1000 scientific studies and over 30 years of research have demonstrated the safety and efficacy of taking Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG®). It is able to survive stomach acid and support a strong barrier against non-beneficial bacteria on the intestinal wall providing a digestive advantage.

Each daily dose of Culturelle® contains just the right amount of live active cultures to support the unique benefits of the product.

What are the specific benefits of Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG®)?

This probiotic strain is naturally sourced and proven to work in harmony with the human body. The two doctors who discovered the LGG strain, Sherwood L. Gorbach and Barry R. Goldin found that it was the ultimate in probiotic power, strong enough and sticky enough to survive stomach acids and successfully grasp on to our intestines.

Probiotics are scientifically proven to improve our health, to learn more about how probiotics can benefit your health, click here.


††Based on the number of Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG clinical studies, as of January 2018.
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