Sunday, June 15, 2014

Number One Probiotic Supplement: Reviewed

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

I like yogurt. I try to eat it as often as possible. Yogurt contains good bacteria (probiotics) that helps our body's digestive tract and support our immune system. Probiotics are living organisms who produce enzymes that break down the food we eat, as well as convert sugars to the essential nutrients our bodies need. It is important to select yogurt brands that contain “live, active cultures” and always choose low-fat, low-sugar brands. I do not like my yogurt to be overly sweet, so I opt for plain, unsweetened yogurt and add either fresh blueberries, strawberries, peaches, or raspberries. Crumbling up some lowfat, low sugar granola over the top is extra delicious.

Probiotics need Prebiotics to assist them. Prebiotics are specific kinds of fibers that nourish the "good" bacteria that live in our digestive system. Prebiotics are also found in high-fiber foods like whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. I breastfeed my infant and as I nurse, my milk helps baby build up more good bacteria. Breast milk contains Prebiotics that promote the growth of healthy bacteria. When I consume Probiotics through foods or my supplements I am promoting a proper balance of bacteria for my baby. My little one has acid reflux and so I have been purchasing an infant probiotic in capsule form and breaking it in half and mixing the powder into my expressed milk. Beginning at about 3 months old, you can do 1/4 teaspoon of probiotic powder once per day. My 3 year old daughter takes probiotics and gets 3/4 teaspoon each day. (info from Mamaandbabylove) Sometimes she drinks a yogurt probiotic drink, and she also eats a lot of plain yogurt.

I was able to test out a brand of Probiotic called Number One Probiotic Supplement. It contains 10 Billion CFU's and is a white powder in veggie-capsule form. These can be opened up to sprinkle into food (great for those who do not swallow pills or for children) or can be taken as pill form by swallowing. In order to keep the product working as it is intended and maintain its bacterial integrity, it is recommended to keep it refrigerated once it has been opened.

I have been taken Probiotics for years in another pill form/brand. I normally take "Pearls." I will do a quick comparison of the two types:

The Number One Probiotics brand is sized at about 3/4 of an inch long, and you are directed to take 2 of them. The Number Ones contain 10 Billion CFU'S. These come loosely in a vitamin container with a lid. Number One's Ingredients: (For 2 capsules) Probiotic Bacteria 10.12 Billion Organisms Bacillus Subtillus 2.64 Billion L. Rhamnosus 1.36 Billion L. Casei 1.36 Billion B. Longum 1.36 Billion L. Acidophilus 1.36 Billion L. Plantarum 680 Million B. Breve 1.36 Billion

The Pearls are about 1/4 inch, you directed are to take one pearl with or without food, and they are a rounded/pearl shape. Pearls are 1 billion CFU. Probiotic Pearls can be conveniently taken on the go and stored without refrigeration because their "triple-layer softgel shields protect live Probiotics inside from heat and moisture". I do like the Pearl brand's convenience of travel due to size and the fact that they do not need to be refrigerated. These come in a blister pack. Pearls Ingredients: Palm Oil, Gelatin, Glycerin, Lecithin, and Pectin. Proprietary Probiotic Blend (Lactobacillus Acidophilus and Bifidobacterium Longum.

I have been testing out the Number One Probiotic for about 3 weeks now and am liking it a lot. It has more active CFU's (10 billion) than my Pearl ones (1 billion). It does have to be refrigerated and is not as travel friendly. I do like however that it can be broken in half and the powder given to my children in proper dosage.

I have not have any ill effects with this probiotic and I feel great. I have always noticed how icky, crampy and sluggish I feel when I do not taken any probiotic of any type for a few days. I think I will continue using this brand.

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