Probiotics... What's on the label?

Probiotics... What's on the label?

Probiotics are quickly becoming recognised as a daily necessity, with the need to maintain the balance of good gut bacteria, for a happier and healthier you.

With the increasing number of products and variants on offer, here are a few tips to look for on the label.

1. CFU's

Probiotics are typically measured in CFU's, an abbreviation of Colony Forming Units. This is used to quantify how many bacteria in probiotics are capable of dividing and forming colonies.

If you are after a daily probiotic to maintain digestive and immune health, then you should be looking at levels between 5-10 Billion CFU's. For specific health issues, then a dose around 20-30 Billion is beneficial.

2.  Serves per pack and serve size

It's important to know how much you need to take, and how many serves are actually in your tub. This tends to be found under the "Nutritional Information" 

3.  Storage

It varies from product to product if refrigeration is needed, so ensure you pay close attention to the label and probiotic requirements.

4. Expiration date

Probiotics do have a shelf life, so always check for the expiration date and that you will consume your product within this time.  If you don't see an expiration date, I would pop it back and move onto the next.

5. Probiotic strains

The most common probiotic bacteria come from two genus groups: Lactobacillus or Bifidobacterium.  

Strains of probiotic bacteria can have slightly different functions within your digestive system.  

 

I hope this has helped in making the right choice for you!

Live life PONO

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