Although individual probiotic species are still available as supplements, the trend is moving toward probiotic formulas that include multiple bacteria species or multiple strains of the same species. Meanwhile, research increasingly focuses on less-known strains of probiotics, which are obtained from human subjects and tested and could be patented. Even if a probiotics label doesn’t suggest refrigeration, it is still recommended to slow natural bacteria die-off.
This formula, geared toward women, contains 360 mg of cranberry powder (Vaccinium macrocarpon) and a blend of five probiotics, including L. acidophilus, L. rhamnosus, L. gasseri, L. plantarum and B. lactis, providing a total of 10 billion CFUs.
This is one of a family of Culturelle probiotics formulated for adults and children. Lactobacillus GG is also known as Lactobacillus rhamnosus and was discovered in the 1980s. It fosters a stable population of gut bacteria. Each capsule contains 10 billion CFUs of L. rhamnosus, plus 200 mg of the prebiotic inulin, obtained from chicory root extract.
This is an excellent multispecies and multistrain formula, containing 20 billion CFUs in each vegetarian- source capsule. The probiotic blend includes B. lactis strain HN019, B. lactis strain BI-04, B. lactis strain Bi-07, L. acidophilus strain La-14, L. salivarius strain Ls-33 and L. paracasei strain Lpc-37.
Each tiny capsule, which looks like a pearl, contains L. acidophilus and B. longum, adding up to a total of 1 billion CFUs.
This is another well-formulated multispecies probiotic formula that provides 5 billion CFUs in each capsule. It contains eight species, including L. rhamnosus R0011, Pediococcus acidilactici R1001, B. longum BB536, B. breve R0070, L. helveticus (L. acidophilus) R0052, L. casei R0215, L. plantarum R1012 and L. lactis ssp. lactis R1058.
L. acidophilus may be the best-known individual and “generic” probiotic on the market. This product contains 1 billion CFUs at time of manufacture.