Probiotic supplements are recommended for more than just daily digestive support. Emerging research shows that certain strains may have benefits beyond digestive health. Probiotic supplements are currently being investigated in the context of oral and vaginal health, immune health, mood, cholesterol levels, weight management, sports performance, beauty and more.
The right probiotic for you will depend on your goal.Probiotics are identified by first the genus name (i.e. Lactobacillus), followed by a species name (i.e. acidophilus), and lastly a strain name (i.e. CUL 60). There are hundreds of probiotics strains in the human body. A strain is an identification of bacterial specificity that distinguishes one strain from another. Strain names are important because the data supporting one strain–or blend of strains–does not necessarily support another.
If your purpose in shopping for a probiotic supplement is to help a specific need, you’ll want to make sure that strain was studied to support those specific results. Whereas other probiotic products may contain a blend of strains that have been studied for general digestive health and may be recommended for daily gut support.