Choosing the Right Probiotic to Heal What Ails You

There is a rich amount of peer-reviewed, published data supporting the many positive effects of taking probiotics. However, not every product is perfect for every condition. Here is a brief summary of the strains that help with each type of condition, with links to some products that contain as many of those strains as I could find. These are affiliate links to Amazon, Vitacost and the manufacturers – please use them to support the time and effort I put into doing this research for you!

You can also find most of these products at a 15% discount off of retail in my Fullscript Dispensary.

For Babies Born via C. Section

Bifidobacterium (B.) longum subsp. infantis

Baby’s Jarro-Dophilus DropsAmazonVitacost


B. lactis (in children), B. longum, S. Boulardii, Equilibrium (115-strain probiotic) and a combo of Lactobacillus (L.) acidophilus, L. reuteri, L. plantarum, L. rhamnosus and B. animalis (B. animalis lactis was formerly called B. infantis)

For kids:
Douglas Labs Multi-Probiotic Kids PowderAmazon
For adults:
Equilibrium AmazonEquilibrium Store
Greens First Women’s Health ProbioticAmazon
Kirkman Pro-Bio DefenseAmazonVitacost
Syntol AMD (also yeast cleansing formula) – AmazonVitacost

Infectious Diarrhea

L. rhamnosus GG, L. acidophilus and L. bulgaricus

Culturelle AmazonVitacost
Klaire Labs – Ther-Biotic CompleteAmazon

Antibiotic-Associated Diarrhea

S. boulardii

Jarrow Formulas S. BoulardiiAmazonVitacost
Klaire Labs – Saccharomyces Boulardii Amazon
Florastor AmazonVitacost

IBS-Related Diarrhea

Bacilis coagulans, S. boulardii and a combination of several Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria strains

DrFormulas Nexabiotic Advanced Multi-ProbioticAmazon
Jarrow Formulas S. BoulardiiAmazonVitacost
Douglas Labs Multi-Probiotic 40 BillionAmazon

Breakdown of Digestive Plaques Associated with Crohn’s Disease

L. acidophilus, S. Boulardii, B. breve, L. rhamnosus + Amylase (digestive enzyme)


Pain and IBS Symptoms

Bifidobacterium infantis 35624


Gas and Bloating

L. plantarum 299v

Jarrow Formulas Ideal Bowel SupportAmazonVitacost

Heart Health/Decrease in Bad Cholesterol, Increase in Good

L. acidophilus, B. longum and L. reuteri

trunature Advanced Digestive ProbioticAmazon
Nature’s Way Primodophilus Reuteri pearlsAmazonVitacost

Weight Loss

L. gasseri, L. rhamnosus, a combo of L. rhamnosus and B. lactis (B. animalis lactis, previously known as B. infantis) and Equilibrium (115-strain probiotic)

Douglas Labs Multi-Probiotic 40 BillionAmazon
EquilibriumAmazonEquilibrium Store

Mental Health

B. longum, B. breve, B. infantis, L. helveticus and L. rhamnosus, L. acidophilus, L. casei and B. bifidum

Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotic Professional FormulaAmazonVitacost

Probiotics for General Health, Increase of Short Chain Fatty Acids

B. bifidum

Seeking HealthProBiota HistaminX Amazon
Douglas Labs Multi-Probiotic 40 BillionAmazon
Lifted Naturals Bifidus Mood BoostAmazon

Probiotics for Histamine Intolerance

B. infantis, L. gasseri, B. breve, B. bifidum, L. salivarius, L. rhamnosus (especially GG), B. longum, B. lactis, L. plantarum

Seeking Health – ProBiota HistaminXAmazon
Vitanica – Flora SymmetryAmazon
Lifted Naturals Bifidus Mood Boost (also D-Lactate-free) – Amazon

First Probiotics Post-SIBO Treatment

Bifidobacterium strains
Bacillus clausii

Renew Life Adult 50+ ProbioticAmazonVitacost
RestorFlora – only available from Fullscript
Seeking Health Probiota BifidoAmazon
Jarrow Bifidus BalanceVitacost
Lifted Naturals Bifidus Mood Boost (also D-Lactate-free) – Amazon

Most Diverse Probiotic (Highest Number of Strains)

EquilibriumAmazonEquilibrium Store


One Reply to “Choosing the Right Probiotic to Heal What Ails You”

  1. Hi,
    Thank you for this detailed information. My question is I suffer from CFS/ leaky gut syndrome and can’t tolerate any strains that produce D or L lactate. I become very unwell if I do. What would your suggestion from the list above to be the right product for someone with this kind of issue? Would Equilibrium be the only probiotic that wouldn’t produce D or L Lactate?

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