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on November 02, 2012
at 03:16 PM

It really depends on what your goal is with it, it is certainly not garbage. I took quite a lengthy course of this very regularly a number of years ago when it first came out to assist in clearing candida, and it did work but it took many months of about 12 pills a day if I remember correctly. I dont know if the formula has changed since.

Some I have taken more recently that I have had good results with and would recommend are: Genestra HMF Forte, Super Powder, or Neuro and Innate Response Flora 20-14 Ultra Strength or 50-14 Clinical Strength

These I have found work best on an empty stomach and need to be used as an adjunct to a healthy diet to support the recolonization of the good bacteria in the gut. If you want any chance of these even working a little bit you will need to take the 50 billion count ones, stay away from probiotics produced from dairy sources because if you have sugar or yeast overgrowth issues they will do more harm than good. The milk sugars can feed the yeast even more. The "HMF" in the Genestra products stands for "Human Micro Flora" which is harvested from human tissue (could freak some people out) the counts are much lower than others, I think arount 8 or 10 billion per dose, but the strains much more potent and these work well for many people.

An even better option if you can tolerate it and dont have any sugar and / or FODMAP issues is to get in some prebiotic in the form of resistant starch from whole food sources like rice, bananas, potatoes which will help to create a more friendly environment in the gut to allow the good bacteria to grow on its own. There is a decent amount of research in support of this: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=807188


on November 02, 2012
at 11:23 AM

I DEFINETELY have better ahem... Movement after I take a primal defense on an empty stomach with some good un-chlorinated mineral water for a few days in a row. Along with bio kult, it's my favorite probiotic complex



on November 02, 2012
at 09:07 AM

As far as I can tell, the effectiveness of probiotics are limited. Be sure to find one that guarantees at least partially LIVE bacteria, which is refrigerated, in a capsule that will safely pass through the stomach. Otherwise, it's little more than pointless to shove dead bacteria down your throat.

Probiotics have shown little or no benefit to most people that take them.

They are not a means to maintain healthy digestion in the long-run. Your body needs to redevelop its own gut flora. The Paleo diet will help significantly. But not necessarily fix your problem. I've had improper balance of gut flora for 4-5 years with no improvement, and I'm yet to find a solution. Good luck with your problem.

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