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How many units should I get when I buy a probiotic?

5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: At least 1 billion

Your gut has 10 trillion bacteria and if your probitoic doesn't contain at least 1 billion colonies of multiple strains of bacteria it will not affect your gut.
In a healthy gut, probiotics are unnecessary and may be useless.

In brief: At least 1 billion

Your gut has 10 trillion bacteria and if your probitoic doesn't contain at least 1 billion colonies of multiple strains of bacteria it will not affect your gut.
In a healthy gut, probiotics are unnecessary and may be useless.
Dr. Steven Charlap
Dr. Steven Charlap
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Dr. Christopher Guzik
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Depends on probiotic

The actual units of the probiotic is not as important as the composition and purity of the probiotic is.
Those that require refridgeration contain live active probiotics which are more biologically active than dried products. Check with your doctor to see how much is right for your individualized needs.

In brief: Depends on probiotic

The actual units of the probiotic is not as important as the composition and purity of the probiotic is.
Those that require refridgeration contain live active probiotics which are more biologically active than dried products. Check with your doctor to see how much is right for your individualized needs.
Dr. Christopher Guzik
Dr. Christopher Guzik
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Dr. DeWayde Perry
Integrative Medicine

In brief: Different focus

More important than the number of colonies of bacteria are two important questions: 1.
After swallowing [insert name of probiotic], do the bacteria survive stomach acid and remain viable so they can be beneficial further down the digestive tract? 2. Are the number of probiotic units at the time of manufacture the same number at the time of expiration? Two very important questions to answer.

In brief: Different focus

More important than the number of colonies of bacteria are two important questions: 1.
After swallowing [insert name of probiotic], do the bacteria survive stomach acid and remain viable so they can be beneficial further down the digestive tract? 2. Are the number of probiotic units at the time of manufacture the same number at the time of expiration? Two very important questions to answer.
Dr. DeWayde Perry
Dr. DeWayde Perry
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