Dr Oz: Choosing a Probiotic
In recent years, you have probably heard a lot of talk about Probiotics, but it can be overwhelming to shop for the right thing. A lack of information combined with an overwhelming number of choices can leave you with more questions than solutions. Dr Oz teamed up with Dr Julie T. Chen, an expert in the field, to learn about which strains target common conditions for best results. It’s time to learn about Lactobacillus Rhamnosus, Bifidobacterium Infantis, and Lactobacillus Gasseri.
Dr Oz: Probiotic Myths
Dr Oz and an audience member learned from Dr Chen about the latest in probiotic health research. Bacteria in the gut should be balanced like a playground see-saw. But illness, diet, and other factors can influence that balance. More good bacteria may be needed to bring things back in check.
Dr Chen explained that it’s best to get Probiotics from a pill for targeted results, because you can get the proper dosage and ensure it’s the right form. Though probiotics are also found in food, there is such a thing as eating too much yogurt.
Also, she surprised everyone by explaining that not all probiotics must be refrigerated. Check the package directions to see whether you need to keep yours chilled.
Dr Oz: Lactobacillus Rhamnosus Cold Probiotics
When you have a cold, Dr Chen said the right thing to reach for is Lactobacillus Rhamnosus. In studies, it has been seen to boost cells that fight infections from viruses and bacteria. Read the label to make sure you are using the product as directed.
Dr Oz: Bifidobacterium Infantis for Upset Stomach
Did you ever think of taking probiotics for an upset stomach? Dr Oz learned from Dr Chen that Bifidobacterium Infantis reduced Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) symptoms by 20% in some study subjects. The dosage of one billion CFUs may sound high, but it should reduce inflammation in the gut.
Dr Oz: Lactobacillus Gasseri Fat Burning Probiotics
Finally, Dr Chen showed Dr Oz’s audience the probiotics that will help you shed that unwanted fat. Lactobacillus Gasseri is great for reducing inflammation and revving up your metabolism, helping you attack fat from two directions.
Dr Oz: How To Buy Proboitics
Dr Chen also shared some basic tips when shopping for Probiotics for any reason.
- Choose the latest “use by” date available, so the product will remain viable for a longer period of time.
- Use the lowest possible dose for the first two weeks, before stepping up to a more powerful level.
- Read the label fully and carefully if you have food sensitivities, because not everything you need to know is in the ingredient list.