Factors to consider when buying probiotics:
- Price of the Probiotics:
The first factor that you need consider before buying probiotic is to figure out your budget. There are different manufacturers of probiotics, there are different types of probiotics and there are probiotics available for different needs, so the price of the probiotics varies as well. There are expensive probiotics as well and there are affordable ones available as well but now it is all dependent upon your pocket that how much can you spend on probiotics. It is not necessary that you buy the most expensive ones and only the expensive have a good quality. You can buy probiotics which are more on the affordable side as well. Afterall, it depends upon your need, your budget and your personal preference.
- Type of the Probiotic:
As we saw earlier in the article that the probiotics have different types. Many probiotics are available in different probiotic rich foods and they are also available in the form of supplements. Different types of probiotics address different conditions and diseases. You don’t have to get just one probiotic and expect it to work for all the conditions or problems. Each probiotic is made for a specific problem, like some of them are there to help you out with digestion and on the other hand, some of the probiotics are there in order to help with depression and anxiety. One probiotic is not enough for all the problems.
- One probiotic or a combination of probiotics?
All the individuals have a different microbiome and functioning of the body. Everyday the people consume a large number of CFUs, there should be necessary balance of the bacteria in your gut. If you want to take more than one supplement of the probiotics, you can take it but you need to consult your doctor before doing it because some of the individuals might get bloating because of the consumption of the probiotics. You need to consult with your doctor and with the doctor’s suggestion you can one or more probiotics.
- Addition of other active ingredients:
You also need to know whether the probiotic contain any other active ingredient in it and if it does have an active ingredient then you need to now what effect is it going to cause to your body. Before taking any supplement, consult with your doctor who knows your medical history and who can guide you whether the specific probiotics are suitable for you or not. If the doctor shows your thumbs up then you are good to go but if the doctor is not satisfied with a certain probiotic then you should refrain from taking it.
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are a product of the technological advancements. The GMO products are great to overcome yield gaps and they maybe useful in ways but in the long run, they are not beneficial for the human body. Some of the probiotics maybe GMO and can be harmful for your health and they may also have side effects. In order to prevent yourself from other various conditions, it is necessary that you get non-GMO probiotics that will fulfill your need and will not cause you harm.
- Gluten free or Dairy free:
People have all sorts of allergies, some have allergies with peanuts, some have allergies with cats. A lot of people have allergies that are induced by dairy products and some people are allergic to gluten. Before buying any probiotic, it is very necessary that you keep your allergies in mind and then have a detailed look at the ingredients of the probiotics. If you feel that there is any ingredient that will cause you allergies then you should not opt for that probiotic. Buy the probiotics that are beneficial for you and they don’t cause any other allergies or side effects to your body.
The last factor that you nee to consider is the refrigeration of the probiotics. Some of them require refrigeration while other do not. this is an important factor but it usually overlooked because of the other factors but it is of equal importance. Providing the right environment to the probiotics for storage is very necessary. Make sure that you refrigerate the probiotics that require refrigeration.
We have understood what probiotics are, how they are differentiated, what are there common types, what are the factors that you need to consider before buying any probiotics and now we are ready to find out that in how many forms are the probiotics available as supplements and how can they be consumed. Let’s have a look at the different forms in which the probiotics are available.
Forms of the probiotics:
- Probiotic tablets
They are easily available in the form of tablets in little bottles which keep them safe. You can easily consume the tablets with a glass of water but try to consume the probiotic tablets on an empty stomach when the acid levels in the stomach are low.
- Probiotic pills
Just like probiotic tablets, the probiotic pills are easily available as well. The probiotic pills are a dietary supplement and are designed in a way that you consume them every day.
- Probiotic capsules
Probiotic capsules are usually larger than the pills, they are also stored in various bottles and can be consumed on a daily basis.
- Probiotic gummies
The probiotic gummies are a completely different way of consuming the probiotics. They are delicious gummies just like the sugar gummies and are available in different flavors as well. People who have hard time having probiotics tablets or capsules can consume them easily in the form of gummies and they may also enjoy them as well.
- Probiotic powder
The probiotic powder is a completely different form of probiotics as compared to the rest of them. They are probiotics which are available in a powdered form and they can be consumed in many versatile ways. You can add them to your shakes and smoothies, you can sprinkle them on your food and you can also dissolve them in water and then you can take them. All the people who have a hard time taking tablets or gummies can easily opt for the probiotic powders.
- Probiotic pearls
The probiotic pearls can also be consumed in different ways. Probiotic pearls are rich with probiotic bacteria and have the full potential to provide health benefits to the people. They can be consumed by chewing them, they can also be swallows and they can also be dissolved in water but it is better that you see the packing in in order to find the best way of consumptions that is the most effective and suitable.
- Probiotic drinks
Lastly, probiotics are available in the form of probiotic drinks. You can get these ready-made drinks and you can get the goodness of the probiotic from them. They are usually made with kefir and yoghurt. People who don’t like tablets, powders or gummies can opt for probiotic drinks.
While seeing the forms of the probiotics we saw that there are many different forms and individuals can choose whatever form they like according to their personal preference and liking.