The Top 10 Probiotic Brands

The number of probiotic brands on grocery store shelves is getting out of hand. As you can see in the above image there is lots of clutter to cut through in the probiotics isle. Thankfully you have probiotics.org to help you cut through the clutter and only get the highest quality probiotic products!

Below, I list and discuss the best and most popular probiotic brands.

10. dr. ohhira probiotics

This formula was created by Ichira Ohirra – a Japanese microbiologist who has been researching probiotics for well over 30 years. Here are some facts about the probiotics:

  • complete probiotic system
  • 5 yr fermentation process
  • 82 prebiotic foods + 12 strains of lactic acid bacteria
  • based on centuries of traditional use in japan
  • chew to help with heartburn

The strains included in the Dr. Ohirra’s probiotics are:

  • Bifidobacterium breve ss. breve
  • Bifidobacterium infantis ss. infantis
  • Bifidobacterium longum
  • Enterococcus faecalis TH 10
  • Enterococcus acidophilus
  • Lactobacillus acidophilus
  • Lactobacillus bulgaricus
  • Lactobacillus casei ss. casei
  • Lactobacillus fermentum
  • Lactobacillus helveticcus ss. jagurti
  • Lactobacillus plantarum
  • Streptococcu thermophilus

9. Culturelle

Culturelle is a top probiotic brand based on Lactobacillus GG strain. This strain has been shown to have an amazing number of benefits from reducing colic in infants, lowering the risk of colon cancer, to stimulating the immune system.

Here is a video showing how culturelle brand probiotics work

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8. Yakult

Yakult is a sweet drinkable probiotic yogurt that is extremely popular in Asia, and is now beginning to make in-roads in North America. Watch the funny commercial below.

7. Jarrow

Jarrow says they are the number one selling probiotic in North America. And this is something I believe, because whenever I go into whole foods, I always always see this product…and often use it while traveling.

6. Dr. Mercola’s Complete Probiotics

Dr. Mercola is one of my favorite people in the health space; he meticulously researches all of his material, and uses all proceeds to further fund the dissemination of health information. He takes no profits for himself, outside of his practice.

If you want to learn more about selecting the optimum probiotic for you then you should click here to download our Probiotics Buying Guide.

5. Bio-K+ Probiotics

This is one of the oldest probiotics companies around. They are extremely well regarded and have been making high potency products since the 70′s. My only criticism of them is their products generally contain too much sugar and some people don’t react well to them. I prefer their rice based culture over their soy/dairy versions.

I’ve personally met a distributor for this product and they have some company funded studies that show the efficacy of the Bio-K+ products. They’ve also recently created pill versions of their probiotic.

4. Udo’s Choice Probiotics

These guys have some great probiotics. Udoe Rasmus is an old school company with strong values.

I’ve taken their refrigerated probiotics and have found them to be quite potent!

3. GT’s Kombucha

This is one of my favorite probiotic products. While it’s not very powerful, I swear this fermented tea is addictive!! This probiotic drink is great after a heavy meal.

Even Lindsay Lohan drinks it!

2. Garden of Life Raw Probiotics

Garden of life Raw Probiotics are relatively new to the probiotics game. But they are creating some of the most potent probiotics available. They have also found a way to create blends that have more than 30 different probiotic strains.

1. Renew-Life

I believe Renew-Life is the best probiotic brand out there. Brenda Watson has created a full line of probiotic supplements for men, women and children of all different needs, and of varying potency. They are the best around!

There you have it, the top 10 probiotic brands! To learn even more you should click here to download our Probiotics Buying Guide.

44 comments on “10 Best Probiotic Supplement Brands” - Click here to write your comment

  1. Shirley Edwards says:

    I can’t find a price list for Mercola supplements, specifically probiotics. I find only descriptions.

    • solid28 says:

      Hey Shirley!!!

      Ya, he likes to hide the prices wayy at the bottom of the page: http://probiotics.mercola.com/probiotics.html

      If you’ve ever studied advertising, Ovilvy said something like “Long ads with lot’s of useful information sell products very well.” So Dr. Mercola typically writes very very long articles, explaining exactly why you should buy the product.

  2. Peggy says:

    I put myself on Dr. Mercolas probiotics & got a VERY sore bum. I also put my dog on his pet version & the poor guy got a very itchy bottom. It took this dumb human several weeks to figure out what was going on. Why don’t they mention this side effect when they write these articles about it?

  3. Ken says:

    I’ve used Dr Mercola’s probiotics for some time and I can assure you it’s very good. I’ve tried some others before, but Dr Mercola has put together a highly effective supplement that I enjoy daily. I’ve had my share of stomach problems like IBS so I appreciate a good supplement. It contains at least 70 billion CFU per serving and 10 potent strains. Like you say, Dr Mercola does his homework before he put together a new supplements.
    Thanks for a nice site.

  4. Wan says:

    Dr. Mercola is a fraud and a swindler. You would get more live active cells by the licking the ground outside than from his spore-formers! DONOTWANT!

    • evan says:

      thank you for sharing your opinion. He seems pretty legit to me…though I can’t stand his sales-y newsletters…unsubscribed years ago ;)

  5. valerie says:

    Do you think that Renew is better than Jarrow? I’m trying to restore the good bacteria to my “lady region” and I want to use the best strains on the market. Also which probiotics do you recommend to restore intestinal flora? The distruption of bacteria in my stomach and vagina are due to using antibiotics :( . I just want to be healthy again!

  6. Lisa Eades says:

    Hi I was taking Florastor By Biocodex, for about 3 days until I looked up the ingredients and notice it had vital YEAST! What the heck is that? I’m trying to get rid of yeast why would it be in here???? These cost me 42 bucks plus tax for 50 capsules 250 mg. To be taken 1 in the morning and 1 at night ! Is the supposed to be YEAST in them ??? I never heard of that before… HELP

    • evan says:

      Hi Lisa,

      Our body works together with certain yeast that help us…some yeast are actually probiotics & beneficial.

      You should be okay Lisa :)

  7. Jenee says:

    Evan, how do rate, or your thoughts on Keybiotics?

    • evan says:

      Hi Jenee,

      I haven’t heard anything good about them from Probiotics.org newsletter subscribers.

      I haven’t tried them personally, and they haven’t responded to my emails/calls. In my opinion they have very aggressive marketing so that probably helps them sell quite a few.

      best,
      Evan Jerkunica

  8. Gregory says:

    I agree about Renew Life

  9. Diane says:

    Looking for a probiotic for my college age daughters one has constipation, reflux and nausea, the other one with diarrhea, bloating, and fatigue. Need a probiotic that doesn’t need refrigeration, so they can remember to take it. Any suggestions?

    • evan says:

      Hi Diane,

      This probiotic doesn’t require refrigeration & has the strains that should help your reflux/constipation/nausea daughter: Jarrow Femdophilus

      And this probiotics should help with your diarrhea/bloating/fatigue daughter.

      Best of luck – and if your daughters are drinking at all tell them to take time off from drinking…that stuff is murder on your GI tract which is where both of your daughters are having issues.

      best of luck,
      Evan Jerkunica

  10. Larry says:

    I have skin problems,sleep problems, acid reflux,fluctuating weight and possibly ibs. What probiotic would be best for me?

    • evan says:

      Hi Larry,

      There is evidence showing that each of those issues are related to insufficient colonization of good bacteria in your intestines. There are a number of supplement brands that will likely be a good bet for you.

      Head on over to http://probiotics.org/personalized/ select your age, sex & the digestive issues checkbox and the algorithm will recommend the best one.

      We spent over a year researching and programming that tool – so it will help you find the correct brand for your needs.

      feel better,
      Evan Jerkunica

  11. Lefty Lib says:

    I have no idea what to look for, for SIBO – small intestinal bacteria overload. Traditional doc said to take fiber – but most just talk about antibiotics…

    Any suggestions?

    • evan says:

      Hi Lefty,

      We put all the best probiotic brands & scientific research studies into our database that will match them with your symptoms, age & sex. See here: Personalized Probiotic Finder.

      SIBO generally falls under “digestive issue” so hit that checkbox in the form.

      Obviously I’m not a doctor, but I would be surprised if nuking your body with antibiotics will work out in the long term for SIBO. It could likely help in the short term…but staying on antibiotics seems like a bad idea in many cases. But as far as fiber goes, if you body can digest it well, then eating fibrous veggies is a good bet.

      To your health,
      Evan Jerkunica

  12. Erik Abbo says:

    Hello! I am almost positive RENEW life kept me off the operating table! I had diverticulosis at an early age and some small but scary perforations. Constipation was the culprit even though the doctor tried to lecture me on not eating fast food which i NEVER ate. Ever! Renew life is great. An older lady working in a health store told me several stories like mine and sold me on it.
    Erik

  13. Elle says:

    I am very new to this whole probiotic thing. Based on what I’ve read, it appears I may have issues with not having sufficient good bacteria in my intestines. I am a 52 y/o female, I suffer from, rash to the back of my arms, buttocks and legs. I have disgusting nail fungus on all my toe nails, (sad to say that I’ve had this since puberty), and extreme fatigue and weight gain. Despite the changes I’ve made to my diet; juicing and eating fresh and organic as much as possible, I’ve seen no improvement in my health and that is why I am researching to see what else may be going on with me. Despite the numerous visits to my doctor, she relates it all to stress and always wants to prescribe me some new anti-depressant medication; I’d rather find a natural approach. I would appreciate any suggestions.
    Thanks!
    Elle

    • evan says:

      Hi Elle,

      You have a lot going on! I’d be surprised to find that probiotic product could solve everything, but long term fungal infections on your nails/skin can point to probiotics being helpful.

      I’d try any of the above brands that do not have sugar and start from there.

      If you look over at this page, I share lots of detoxification tips in the comments.

      Best of luck,
      Evan Jerkunica

  14. Kathie says:

    What do you think of MegaSporeBiotic ??

    • evan says:

      Hi Kathie,

      Some Probiotics.org newsletter subscribers who have Candida do not do well with the spore based probiotic products, so a pure-spore based probiotic is not my first recommendation in many cases.

      That being said, the spore based probiotics can be quite powerful…so it’s a can be a great choice if other brands aren’t working.

      best,
      Evan Jerkunica

  15. Chelsea says:

    I have a sever issue with anything containing dairy and I am worried which brand of probiotic I can take that does not come from dairy. thanks

  16. Lorraine says:

    Took my first Renew Life probiotic 15 Billion live cultures and about 5 hours later was itching from head to toe. Can it be the probiotic?

  17. kris says:

    Can you take probiotics and antifungal herbs a couple hrs apart? Ive been on 2 rounds antibiotics for MRSA. It didnt clear it up completely. So i have been using essential oils and siliver sol. Its working very slowly. But i feel its still an improvement as the dr. literally gave up on the antibiotics.. Really feel i need to take probiotics right too. Can you take both and if so how exactly? Thanks .

  18. Christine says:

    New Chapter GI Tract vs. Renew Critical probiotic? Which one is better & more effective when comes to digestion issues – constipation, gas , bloating etc etc.

  19. Renee says:

    I just bought Phillips Probiotic caps, thinking they are not the best quality after reading this article and comments. Does anyone have an opinion on the probiotics from ADVOCARE? was also considering the Mercola brand, as I like his other products for pets.
    Thanks

    • evan says:

      Hi Renee,

      If you read our probiotics buying guide, you’ll see that I generally recommend taking at least 6 strains of probiotics in a supplement. Therefore, Phillips Probiotic caps falls short at 3 strains.

      BUT – give em a try. They may work very well for you. They may be just what you need.

      I haven’t heard much about ADVOCARE either good or bad.

      I’ve heard good and bad things about the Mercola brand.

      Check out our personalized probiotic finder and I’m sure you’ll find a great brand for you and your symptoms there.

      Good luck,
      Evan Jerkunica

  20. Debby says:

    I am a 63 year-old female who for the past few years has had problems with constipation and gas. It is becoming a real problem. I am searching for a reliable probiotic. I have seen several videos proclaiming this is the product to take, but would really like some feedback. Has anyone taken Pro-X10 or Renew Life products?

    • evan says:

      Hi Debby,

      I haven’t heard anything good or bad about Pro-X10.

      Renewlife probiotics are one of my personal favorites!

      best of luck,
      Evan Jerkunica

  21. carmel says:

    I eat a good diet that help the good bacteria to flourish, onions etc.

  22. Trish says:

    I’ve been experiencing some very weird body issues lately. On certain days I have multiple bowel movements, about an hour apart, that are not constipated nor diarrhea and I feel very shaky most of the day, although I don’t shake outwardly. I’ve been on probiotics for a few months. Started with generic store brand, then switched to Renew-Life. Now I just bought Culturelle. I also have bladder spasms and just went to a Urogynecologist who put me on Mirabegron. Any one else have these symptoms? Am I taking too many probiotics? I usually take 2 a day or up to 4 2x a day.

    • evan says:

      Hey Trish,

      Some of your symptoms are quite common. I haven’t heard of shakiness and bladder spasms as side effects of probiotics.

      Try stopping the probiotics for a few weeks to see if the symptoms improve.

      feel better,
      Evan Jerkunica

  23. Lisa says:

    What do you think about vsl # 3 ? Dr wants grandson 11 to use for crones.

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