We offer the following 3 recommendations when it comes to purchasing probiotic pearls. The “pearl” simply describes a pearl or bead shaped capsule used as the delivery method. The method is popular as a well designed pearl capsule will ensure that the live bacteria are able to pass through the acidic environment of the stomach to the lower intestines intact and unharmed.
But an effective delivery method is just one factor when choosing a probiotic. There are three others. See below:
- The health claims made for the bacterial strains included in the probiotic are scientifically supported (Lactobacillus and Bifidobactieium strains are the most recommended).
- A high culture count per dosage (this is normally measured as Colony forming units or CFUs. Look for at least 1 billion CFUs)
- Shelf stable to ensure potency up to the expiry date.
- Effective delivery method (as discussed, pearls probiotics provide a delayed release method).
Not all probiotic pearls (or any probiotic for that matter) are made equal
The video below from Brenda Watson provides guidance on choosing the right probiotics for your needs.
How probiotics contribute to health
Literally trillions of bacteria reside in your digestive tract, including over 1000 different strains. Here they assist in digestion, boost the immune systems, help in the manufacture of needed vitamins, manage intestinal inflammations, and help fight the growth of harmful bacteria and yeast (see our article on probiotics for yeast infection).
Unfortunately a poor diet, stress, travel, antibiotic use and exposure to illness can reduce these populations of friendly bacteria which can lead to intestinal issues such as diarrhea and constipation as well as the growth of pathogenic microbes. Taking a regular probiotic supplement will help in keeping a balanced intestinal environment and in so doing contribute to overall health and well-being.