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How to Select a Probiotic Supplement


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When it comes to building Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria species in our guts, diet is number one. That being said, a quality supplement can go a very long way. Do not settle for just any probiotic supplement, however, as some are quite useless. Below are the things you absolutely want to look for in a quality probiotic:


Shelf Stable

Do not buy probiotics from the refrigerated section. If a probiotic supplement is not stable enough to withstand room temperature then how is it going to survive your stomach acid? Probiotics that do not require refrigeration and are from a quality company are typically freeze dried. Freeze dried probiotics are far higher quality.


Contains Prebiotics

Get a probiotic that contains prebiotics. Quality formulators know that probiotics are useless without prebiotics. Prebiotic foods (different types of fiber) are what probiotics use as their food source.


High CFU Count

If there is not at least a 20 billion CFU count in the probiotic you purchase, then it’s not worth a ton. This is because it takes a LOT of microbes to populate the gut - around 100 trillion. To make a substantial difference, your supplement must contain 20 billion at a minimum.


Multiple Probiotic Strains

Select probiotics that have at least 5 different strains. One or two strains will not do much for you. There are thousands of different species and they all do different things in the body. Go with a supplement that is versatile (unless it is custom prescribed for you based on individual stool testing and diagnosis).


What Probiotic Supplement Should I Take?

I recommend Mood+ by Garden of Life. I have been extremely impressed with this supplement. It has been a great benefit to my wife’s mental health. It has also been beneficial for me.


It is shelf stable, contains 16 different probiotic strains, 50 billion CFU’s, and some prebiotic fiber as well. As a bonus, it contains superfood berries for the brain and ashwagandha (an adaptogenic herb that has been clinically studied for its impact on anxiety and depression).


I’d also recommend the supplement MegaSporeBiotic by Microbiome Labs. This is an SBO probiotic that has been studied at length and is very powerful for the gut from everything I have read. I have not had the personal experience with this probiotic as I have had with Mood+, but it is likely a quality choice when it comes to probiotics.


To learn more about what gut probiotics can do for your mental health, read my article How Neurotransmitters are Made.


To learn more about the gut-brain connection, take a look at these articles:


How to Heal the Gut to Improve Mental Health + Supplements I Recommend


Why Healing Your Gut Heals Your Brain


How Your Gut Health Influences Your Mental Health


What Kills Good Gut Bacteria: Gut Microbiome & Mental Health

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