Probiotic Pearls Reviews

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:

  1. The health claims made for the bacterial strains included in the probiotic are scientifically supported (Lactobacillus and Bifidobactieium strains are the most recommended).
  2. A high culture count per dosage (this is normally measured as Colony forming units or CFUs. Look for at least 1 billion CFUs)
  3. Shelf stable to ensure potency up to the expiry date.
  4. Effective delivery method (as discussed, pearls probiotics provide a delayed release method).
probiotic pearls review Acidophilus Pearls
A best selling probiotic, and one of the earliest to be marketed as a “pearl probiotic”. The supplement contains 1 billion active cultures and a mix of probiotic strains including Lactobacillus Acidophilus and Bifidobacterium Longum strains. These are some of the most studied probiotic strains and also occur naturally in the body and in live yogurt. Acidophilus pearls have been formatted to help improve digestive function. The pearl delivery method is shelf-stable and protects the bacteria from harmful stomach acid and pancreatic bile.

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Integrative Therapeutics Probiotic Pearls
Marketed as “the smarter probiotic” this is a multi-strain probiotic also containing Lactobacillus Acidophilus and Bifidobacterium Longum to help maintain a healthy balance of intestinal flora. Each tiny pearl-shaped capsule contains 1 billion CFUs protected from heat, moisture and stomach acids.  The health benefits of lactic acid producing bacteria such as L. acidophilus and B.longum are backed by over 75 years of published research. The recommended dosage is one capsule daily to improve digestive health, boost the immune system and support healthy skin.  No refrigeration required.

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Natrol BioBeads Probiotic Acidophilus
Beads… pearls it all comes down to a delivery system that ensures viability of the bacteria.  These Biobeads are designed to provide three layers of protection: 1) A targeted release technology ensures that the probiotic is shelf stable for 18 months. 2) the bead passes intact through the acidic stomach environments. 3) The internal layer breaks down releasing 2.6 billion CFU’s of probiotic bacteria.  No refrigeration needed.  Perfect for easing digestive problems associated with travel.

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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.

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