| Abigail McShinsky | August 15, 2016 |
What probiotic is right for me?
While setting up my fermenting crock with a fresh batch of cabbage (soon to become sauerkraut) it got me thinking about probiotics. (Unsure of the correlation? Here’s the connection.)
We’ve talked about probiotics in regards to the microbiome (a great 101 if you're new to the topic), and we’ve discussed children’s probiotic health, but perhaps we're due a review of this important health topic. This article dives deep into each of the MegaFood probiotic offerings. (For a quick synopsis, skip to the end.)
Probiotics: How Do You Choose One?
If you've decided to support the health of your microbiome, the prospect of selecting a probiotic can be a daunting one. Questions that come up are:
- Are there age or gender variables to consider?
- Is a higher CFU better?
- What about prebiotics?
- Do probiotics address other concerns beyond gut-health?
The questions you may be asking yourself are endless! To demystify the selection, let's take a look at MegaFood's MegaFlora line of products, and how each one offers unique support that just might address your needs:
These original MegaFlora formulas have been around for over 20 years, and for good reason. They have long been some of our best-selling products, and are a great place to start if you're new to supplementation!
MegaFlora, our foundational probiotic formula, features 20 billion CFUs (that's Colony Forming Units) of 14 non-competing strains per capsule. Why is this important? We need variety! We want to ensure that the product we're taking is diverse, and offers differing strains that don't compete for resources. There are no added foods, botanicals, or prebiotics in this formula, making it great for those that are looking for basic support, or who want to avoid herbs or added foods.
MegaFlora Plus is MegaFlora's big brother – it delivers 50 billion CFUs of the same 14 non-competing strains, and is perfect for those traveling abroad, coming off a round of antibiotics, or for those looking for more potent probiotic support.*
Our newest additions to the MegaFlora family come in the shape of condition-specific formulas. Probiotic and digestive needs change as we progress through life, and taking a formula that addresses those concerns can be very helpful. All three of these products boast the inclusion of the original MegaFlora blend in addition to selected, clinically-studied strains to support varying needs. Additionally, each blend contains whole foods that are targeted to the condition in question. To round it all out, we’ve added a special Prebiotic Food Blend to even further promote the growth of good bacteria. Prebiotics are, believe it or not, FOOD for the good flora in your gut. Just like you, flora needs to be fed healthy foods for growth and strength.*
MegaFlora for Women
In addition to the original MegaFlora blend, MegaFlora for Women contains Lactobacillus rhamnosus (HN001) and Lactobacillus plantarum (LP115), strains clinically studied to maintain vaginal and urinary tract health.* A common concern for women throughout life is the occurrence of urinary tract and vaginal infections, and MegaFlora for Women offers support to maintain the health of these two areas, in addition to the digestive support* afforded by the original MegaFlora blend. This blend has a total of 50 billion CFUs.
500 mg of Farm Fresh Cranberry is also included to deliver a punch of PACs (proanthocyanidins); fruit compounds known to support urinary tract health, as well as our Prebiotic Food Blend to promote the growth of good bacteria.*
MegaFlora for Baby & Me
Another time in a woman's life when she may consider additional probiotic support is throughout pregnancy and breastfeeding. For this reason, we offer MegaFlora for Baby & Me. In addition to the original MegaFlora blend, it contains Lactobacillus rhamnosus (HN001) which has been shown in studies to reduce their child’s risk of developing allergies by as much as 50% when taken during last trimester and early breastfeeding.* Like the women’s formulation, this blend also has a total of 50 billion CFUs.
Further support comes from Farm Fresh Ginger, which soothes upset stomachs and promotes healthy digestive function.* Finally, it contains our Prebiotic Food Blend, which promotes the growth of good bacteria.*
MegaFlora for Over 50
MegaFlora for Over 50 delivers 50 Billion active cultures of beneficial probiotics per serving, including our signature MegaFlora blend of 14 probiotic strains to support immune health and digestive function.*
Additional amounts of Bifidobacterium lactis (HN019) and Lactobacillus plantarum (LP115) are included to promote regularity, healthy bowel function and proper digestion for reduced gas and bloating, while Turmeric Root helps maintain a healthy inflammatory response of the colon.* Finally, our Prebiotic Food Blend promotes the growth of good bacteria.*
In a nutshell: Which does what?
- MegaFlora®: Basic probiotic support.
- MegaFlora® Plus: More potent probiotic support.
- MegaFlora® for Women: Potent probiotic and prebiotic support. Cranberry helps maintain vaginal and urinary tract health.*
- MegaFlora® for Baby & Me: Potent probiotic and prebiotic support during pregnancy and lactation. Ginger soothes upset stomachs and promotes healthy digestive function.*
- MegaFlora® for Over 50: Potent probiotic and prebiotic support. Additional amounts of live strains promote regularity. Turmeric helps maintain a healthy inflammatory response of the colon.*
No matter your experience with probiotic supplementation, age, or health concern, MegaFood has a probiotic to suit your needs! More questions? Give us a shout!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.