Which Probiotics to Choose

Last updated 7/29/20

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. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases, so when you use the affiliate links to Amazon and the manufacturers you support the time and effort I put into doing this research for you! Thanks for using my links!

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Probiotics for Babies Born via C. Section

Bifidobacterium (B.) longum subsp. infantis

Baby’s Jarro-Dophilus DropsAmazon

Probiotics for Constipation

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), spore- or soil-based strains (Bacillus)

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

Probiotics for Infectious Diarrhea

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

Culturelle Amazon
Klaire Labs – Ther-Biotic CompleteAmazon

Probiotics for Antibiotic-Associated Diarrhea

S. boulardii, a mixture of Lactobacillus acidophilus CL1285, Lactobacillus
casei LBC80R and Lactobacillus rhamnosus CLR2

Jarrow Formulas S. BoulardiiAmazon
Klaire Labs – Saccharomyces Boulardii Amazon
Florastor Amazon
Bio-K+ (contains dairy) – Amazon

Probiotics for IBS-Related Diarrhea

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

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

Probiotics for Breakdown of Digestive Plaques Associated with Crohn’s Disease

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

BIOHMBIOHM store (use my affiliate code HDH10OFF for 10% off)

Probiotics for Leaky Gut

Bacillus indicus (HU36), Bacillus subtilis (HU58), Bacillus coagulans, and Bacillus licheniformis, and Bacillus clausii

justthrive Probioticjustthrive Store

Probiotics for Pain and IBS Symptoms

Bifidobacterium infantis 35624

AlignAmazon

Probiotics for Gas and Bloating

L. plantarum 299v

Jarrow Formulas Ideal Bowel SupportAmazon

Probiotics for Heart Health/Decrease in Bad Cholesterol, Increase in Good/Reduction of Triglycerides

L. acidophilus, B. longum and L. reuteri, spore- or soil-based strains (Bacillus)

trunature Advanced Digestive ProbioticAmazon
Nature’s Way Primodophilus Reuteri pearlsAmazon
justthrive Probioticjustthrive Store

Probiotics for Irritable Bowel Disease, Ulcerative Colitis

S. Boulardii, L. rhamnosus GG, L. plantarum 299v, VSL#3 (combo of many lactobaccili and bifidobacteria)

Jarrow Formulas S. BoulardiiAmazon
Klaire Labs – Saccharomyces Boulardii Amazon
Culturelle Amazon
Jarrow Formulas Ideal Bowel SupportAmazon
VSL#3Amazon

Probiotics for 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
Bifido Maximus from The Gut InstituteThe Gut Institute

Probiotics for Mental Health

B. longum, B. breve, B. infantis, L. helveticus and L. rhamnosus, L. acidophilus, L. casei and B. bifidum, Bacillus indicus (HU36), Bacillus subtilis (HU58), Bacillus coagulans, and Bacillus licheniformis, and Bacillus clausii

Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotic Professional FormulaAmazon
justthrive Probioticjustthrive Store

Probiotics for General Health, Increase of Short Chain Fatty Acids

B. bifidum

Bifido Maximus from The Gut InstituteThe Gut Institute
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

Bifido Maximus from The Gut Institute (also D-Lactate-free) – The Gut Institute
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

justthrive Probioticjustthrive Store
Renew Life Adult 50+ ProbioticAmazon
RestorFlora – only available from Fullscript
Seeking Health Probiota BifidoAmazon
Jarrow Bifidus Balance + FOS – only available from Fullscript
Lifted Naturals Bifidus Mood Boost (also D-Lactate-free) – Amazon

Most Diverse Probiotic (Highest Number of Strains)

EquilibriumAmazonEquilibrium Store

If all this was too confusing and you feel like you need some help and guidance in choosing a probiotic or solving your gut health issues, you can set up a free, 1-hour Breaththrough Session.

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2 Replies to “Which Probiotics to Choose”

  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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