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 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

Do you like what you’ve learned about probiotic brands so far? Then you should click here to download our Probiotics Buying Guide.

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.

Best Men’s Digestive Probiotic: Digest Strong

Click here to learn more:

Digest Strong is THE probiotic for men who want stronger digestion. It has been painstakingly engineered for men’s digestive strength by the founder of, Evan Jerkunica.

This groundbreaking probiotic uses the 10 most researched probiotic strains that promote digestive health. It has has patented technology that protects the probiotics from stomach acid – allowing the probiotics to arrive in your intestines alive. In your intestines the probiotics go to work – and start supporting your digestive strength.

You should click here to learn more about Digest Strong

100 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:

      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 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.

      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 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.

  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.

    • 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 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.

      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.

    • 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. susan says:

    hi how are you I have been on antibiotics and steroids for the last three years I’m a mess! I just can’t seem to get healthy I’m going off of everything just want to do probiotics right now get myself healthy holistically what do you suggest my friend. I am overwhelmed by all the brands

  22. Colleen says:

    I am a 59 y/o and on numerous pain meds for cancer. I have also had a lifelong condition of ulcerative colitis which causes a constant heaviness and ache in my abdomen. I watched your video and read up on the use of Probiotics and have been ordering “Keybiotics” from Whole Body Research Corp. but at a cost of $50.00 for 30 pills. I filled out your Personalized Probiotic Form and 3 different brands came up so I chose “Garden of Life Raw Probiotics for Women” (90) capsules for $29.36. Will this work the same as the other brand “Keybiotics”?
    Thank You.
    Colleen O’Reilly

    • evan says:

      Hi Colleen,

      I haven’t made any videos for probiotics at the time of writing this comment…but I have heard lots of people reporting side effects from Keybiotics.

      I don’t think any two probiotics will behave exactly the same, but ultimately, the only way to know for sure which one will work better is to try both.

      to your health,
      Evan Jerkunica

  23. gnanesh says:

    would like to know if Dr.ohhira probiotics is the best, because i have gone through all the products in this page, but somehow i feel that this is all naturally made instead of freezing like other probiotics which when arrives at your door 93% dead, as i am not a pioneer in deciding at probiotics need your help

    • evan says:

      Hi Gnanesh,

      The products on this page are very high quality and should have 80% or higher potency…these are very reputable companies.

      take care,
      Evan Jerkunica

  24. Jonathan says:

    Hi Evan!

    You are wonderful for taking the time to answer our questions!

    I get occasional bloating and upset stomachs, but nothing out of the ordinary.

    I’ve been reading all about the benefits of probiotics. I consider myself a healthy person with no serious health problems, so I was wondering what would be the best daily probiotics for me?

    Thank you so much!

  25. yvonne clarke says:

    Hello, Thank you for providing this information. Which probiotic is best for acne and “possible” digestion issues?

    • evan says:

      Hi Yvonne,

      I am not aware of research directly linking probiotics to decreased acne.

      However, there is a lot of proof around probiotics helping improve digestive conditions like IBS (irritable bowel syndrome).

      To get the most up-to-date recommendation for your age/sex, please head over to the Personalized Probiotic Finder.

      I update it monthly with new products and new research.

      Please let me know how it goes!

      to your health,
      Evan Jerkunica

  26. Shirley says:

    I have been taking Probiotic Advantage Extra Strength with 10 different types, and 10 billion CFU. Since I do not see this rated on your site, I have to assume you have considered it and it did not fit your criteria. It does contain milk. I really cannot tell how effective it is, as one never knows what being w/o would have been like. Would you comment on this product in comparison with others you’ve listed?

    • evan says:

      Hi Shirley,

      That probiotic had not made the cut. I try and only focus on the top 10 probiotic supplements, according to the Personalized Probiotic Finder.

      That being said, if you notice improvements in your health, by all means keep taking that probiotic…but the fact that you’re saying “I really cannot tell how effective it is” probably means that it isn’t helping you much.

      If you are taking a probiotic to have better bowel movements or improve your immunity, then you should notice a difference in those symptoms. If you don’t notice a difference, then you should consider taking a different brand.

      to your health,
      Evan Jerkunica

  27. Karen says:

    My 15 year old daughter has a chronic micoplasma pneumoniae infection in her body. She has been on antibiotics for almost four months now but her titer numbers are either staying the same or rising. I just ran out of her Ultimate Flora probiotic and was researching for the best match for her needs. She has a low tolerance for dairy, gluten, sulfur and salycilates, and bloats if she somehow eats too much of them. I was considering the Ultimate Flora Vaginal health or the Jarro Femdophilus… What do you think?

    • evan says:

      Hi Karen,

      Before you give her anything, please check with your doctor that they recommend it. I’m not a doctor so I can’t make such a recommendation.

      Personally, I would go with the Jarro Femdophilus. Please be sure to start with a low dose — maybe only use 1/4 of the total capsule to start. Then slowly build up to a full dose each day, over the course of a few weeks.

      But again, please check with your doctor about this.

      to your daughter’s health,
      Evan Jerkunica

  28. Gilda says:

    My stomach is so screwed up. I do not eat yeast, wheat, dairy and many more foods, I eat ony fruits, vegetables and some protein. Very clean diet. Let me tell you, I have so much gas that I do not leave the house. I can drink water, and I have gas. I take PB8. It has no dairy wheat, eggs, milk, peanuts or soy in it. but I still think there is a probiotic out there that can solve this problem.

    • evan says:

      Hi Gilda,

      There are many reasons that this can be happening.

      I am glad you’re eating a “clean” diet.

      For me, back when I had serious digestive issues, a big cause of bloating for me was “raw salad” and “nuts”. I know that sounds crazy because nats and salad is “health as can be”.

      But it turned out that I lacked enough HCL to properly break down those foods…and so I had lots of bloating because of that.

      Do your own research, but if you think the same thing is happening to you, consider adding HCL pills or removing the above…also consider consulting a doctor too.

      to your health,
      Evan Jerkunica

  29. Angela says:

    I have been giving my 2 yr old daughter Garden of Life Raw Children’s probiotics for the past year every morning in her yogurt. I just found out about the controversy regarding heavy metals in their protein powders do you know if that also affected the probiotics?

    Also is it good to be giving them to my 2 year old. She is rarely sick and when she is the sickness is very quick. They also keep her regular. I also have been breastfeeding her for the past 2 years so I know that is good as well, although that will be coming to an end soon. I heard that 80% of your immune system is in your gut and probiotics are a key factor so that is when I started her on them. Please share your thoughts. Thank you!

    • evan says:

      Hi Angela,

      I have not heard of any concerns about heavy metals being found in probiotics…probiotic supplements typically have very different ingredients compared to protein powders.

      I’m glad you’re breast feeding your child – that is often the best way to give your child a great start in life :) Make sure she takes probiotics after any antibiotic use.

      take care,
      Evan Jerkunica

  30. carmel says:

    Used to have a lot of problems with sinus/headaches then got blocked ears and a cough, very bad first thing in morning, like silent acid reflux. Am convinced it is due to gut flora imbalance as was put on antibiotics and steroids over and over again many times. Please advise which biotic you would recommend. My reading tells me I must also make sure I eat a good diet that help the good bacteria to flourish, onions etc.

  31. 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

  32. Lisa says:

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

  33. evan says:

    Good on you Carmel!

  34. David says:

    I have leaky gut syndrome since I had two big surgeries with general anesthesia/antibiotics within 9 months time frame. I am suffering from food sensitivity, rashes, pityriasis rosea, eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, acid reflux, and hair loss. Hair loss gets worse when I eat unhealthy/large amount of food. It’s immediate, which I believe is an autoimmune response due to leaky gut. Also, I have a very suppressed immune system currently as a result of leaky gut.

    I have Renew life 150 billion probiotics at home, but the problem is I travel from Monday through Thursday. What do you recommend for repairing gut damage from antibiotics/unhealthy eating habit? It needs to be no-refrigeration required. I’ve used a brand called Hyperbiotics. Is this brand high-quality?

    Lastly, what’s your opinion on soil-based probiotics? I’ve used Prescript Assist in the past, and suffered from horrible die-off symptoms. I heard that SBO probiotics aren’t good for people with compromised immune system because soil organisms can colonize in the gut even though they aren’t supposed to. I heard colonized soil organisms are very difficult to remove. Do you recommend taking one still for my condition? I would appreciate your response sincerely.

    • evan says:

      Hi David,

      After those surgeries with general anesthesia/antibiotics, probiotics are a good call.

      Those symptoms sound terrible…and it will take some work to get back to normal function.

      First, given your travel schedule I would use Jarrow probiotics. They have a number of great probiotics that aren’t refrigerated – get one with as many strains as possible. The Renewlife is great when you have access to refrigeration.

      I am not a big fan of SBO’s in general. But they are fine for periods of a month of two. But given that you had a horrible die-off, you should probably stay away from them for now.

      to your health,
      Evan Jerkunica

  35. julie says:

    evan, just stumbled upon this site and wanted to thank you for the help and answers! still reading through the material. .

  36. Summer says:

    Please help me!! What probiotic do you suggest works best to for bv?? I have tried so many things over the years and I feel like I am going to suffer with this for the rest of me life!! :(

    • evan says:

      Hi Summer,

      I’m so sorry to hear that you’re struggling with bacterial vaginosis :(

      But I have some good news about this – my sister was able to stop getting “flare-ups”.

      For my sister, this is what caused her flare-ups:
      1. eating sugary candy
      2. eating high starch food (pasta was the worst)
      3. getting stressed out
      4. took a probiotic with L. Acidophilus

      The probiotics did a lot, but her working hard to not get as stressed out (doing yoga, eating better), and avoiding large amounts sugary/starchy food helped even more.

      best of luck Summer,
      Evan Jerkunica

  37. Pascal Briaud says:

    Hi Evan,
    What would be a good probiotic for a my daughter 13 y/o. She wants to loose weight mainly. (overweight )Apparently, she has not digestive issues ( like belly pain,constipation,diarrhea or gas reflux ) but sleeping issues that I know is related to digestive system-Although I am a nutritionist reader and eat pretty much healthy, I have a hard time to get my daughter to stay small or normal size – my son 15y/o in the other hand is tall and small with abs- I don’t get it! so I came across probiotic reading and I think that will help her to loose weight and be happy- Can you help me
    Thank a million

    • evan says:

      Hi Pascal,

      There is strong evidence that a different mix of probiotic flora is present in people with obesity, compared to healthier weight individuals. That being said, is the different probiotic flora casual? Or is it an obese person’s body response to being overweight?

      That being said, if your daughter isn’t digesting well, then her body could probably try and hold on to extra fat/nutrients. So poor digestion could lead to extra pounds being put on in some cases.

      to your daughter’s health,
      Evan Jerkunica

  38. Diane Papineau says:

    I am just looking for a probiotic for everyday maintenance. I really don’t have any issues, I’ve been using jarrows saccharomyces boulardii+mos. Is this the best for maintenance. Thank you Diane

    • evan says:

      Hi Diane,

      Saccharomyces boulardii is a transient probiotic. It’s best suited for being taken when you have food poisoning or taken concurrently with antibiotics.

      For health maintenance you can go here: and check off the issue that you think you’re most likely to have in the future.

      to your health,
      Evan Jerkunica

  39. Diane Papineau says:

    Thank you

  40. Jen says:

    Hi Evan. I’ve really enjoyed reading all of your advice to people leaving comments and/or questions-you seem extremely knowledgeable on the subject. I’m at a loss with my 3 1/2 year old daughter and could really use your help. She complains constantly about an itchy vagina and anus. She’s been tested for pinworms and rarely itches at night in her sleep so we can rule that out. I’m suspecting yeast since she craves and eats sweets every day. I’ve tried to eliminate sugar in her diet but can’t seem to keep her away from sugar long enough to determine if it’s the culprit (she/I have only lasted about a week or so). Plus, I didn’t notice her symptoms getting any better but I’m sure I didn’t give it enough time before caving. Anyway, I’ve been giving her the Kids Probiotic from Renew Life for the past 3-4 weeks and haven’t noticed it helping. We already use free & clear products in our house so I know it’s probably not a chemical sensitivity but that’s a whole different can of worms. I can’t find any food sensitivity or anything that is consistent enough to give me a clue to what’s going on. Can you tell me the best probiotic to use for her? or any other advice you may have regarding her “condition”. Thank you,


    • evan says:

      Hi Jen,

      I’m not qualified to answer these sort of questions about your daughter.

      If possible, I’d reach out to Emma Lane or Paul Chek…they can likely help you or refer you to someone who can help.

      I hope your daughter feels better soon,
      Evan Jerkunica

  41. melody says:

    GoodBelly??? for a toddler who likes it?
    Any thoughts? He has short gut so im trying to tame bacterial overgrowth is he ever gets it :)

    • evan says:

      Hi Melody,

      I love the taste of GoodBelly, but I don’t drink it because it has sooooo much sugar.

      I would see if a different toddler probiotic would help your child just as much.

      to your toddler’s health,E
      Evan Jerkunica

  42. Ghyna says:

    Hello I’m trying to find a good probiotic. I have had constipation over 20 years im 38 years of old. I’m 115 lbs I’m gluten and dairy free I’m sensitive to both. I have chronic yeast and bacteria vaginosis with odor. I took a stool test to make sure I did not have IBS and other gut issues. The results came back that I had no good bacteria in the gut my naturopathic dr recommend Metagenics women’s ultra flora. I tried that with no results after 30 days I then tried metagenics ultra flora probiotics I have not seen any results. I then tried renew life critical 50 billion, I have not seen any results I still have bathroom issues and the vaginal issues, I’m almost out of my probiotics I was Gona purchase another renew life, but if you have any other suggestions please help, I know it’s not a overnight process I just want to make sure I’m on the right track

    • evan says:

      Hi Ghyna,

      It doesn’t sound like those probiotics are getting you good results – sorry to hear that. The other brand you can try is RAW probiotics critical care (in the red package)…that is a powerful one so you should consider checking with your doctor first.

      If I were you I also would speak with your doctor about any other lifestyle changes your can make such as, stress reduction, colonics, enemas or increasing your water intake. After some changes like that you may find that probiotics will work for you too.

      to your health,
      Evan Jerkunica

  43. Lydia says:

    I was diagnosed with MAC and started a three-antibiotic treatment. If I can tolerate this treatment, I might stay on this antibiotics up to two years.
    What type of probiotics could work and be effective in a case of a long term three-antibiotics combo treatment? How should they be taken?

    • evan says:

      Hi Lydia,

      I am not aware of any probiotics that are proven for long term anbiotic treatment. That being said, Saccharomyces boulardii is a candidate for preventing short term intestinal issues (diarrhea) while undergoing short term antibiotics treatment.

      to your health,
      Evan Jerkunica

  44. Judith says:

    I’m 38 y/o woman, and I’m breastfeeding a 18 month old little girl.
    I have problems with candidas since years, but I used controlled them with tea tree oil.
    But last January I catch a citomegalovirus and I feel my immunologic system is weaker, I get colds easily and candidas are uncontrolled.

    I’ve been looking for a probiotic to improve immunity and fight candidas. It will be my “first probiotic” as I’ve never prove anyone before.

    Also, my husband has skin problems (eczema), and I think probiotics could be helpful.
    What do you think about Healthy Originales 30billions CFU, or Jarrow Jarro-dophilus 5billions?
    I’m from Spain, so it must be stabilized formula, I supose.

    Thank you and best regards.

    • evan says:

      Hi Judith,

      Thank you for your question! I’m sorry to hear about your health challenges. I had to make significant changes to my lifestyle to overcome Candida…you can read more what I wrote about that on this page.

      At first you should take a lower-dose probiotic. Of the two you mentioned I would start with the Jarro-dophilus 5billions. The one I linked to doesn’t need to be refrigerated, so it should survive the shipping as long as the temperature isn’t above 25C for most of the trip.

      There is some evidence that probiotics do help eczema. The probiotic lactogg found in the American product Culturelle has been shown to help. Also L. reuteri has been shown to help in eczema.

      Mandame un email si tienes mas preguntas!

      to your health,
      Evan Jerkunica

  45. Ghyna says:

    Hi you recommended RAW probiotics critical care (in the red package) I cannot find them, what is the name of company

  46. M. Rivell says:

    We have been using Super Shield from Blue Rock Holistics for 7 years and love it. I just got on this site to see if there were any less expensive with the same amount of cultures. I guess I’ll stick to what has worked all these years.

    • evan says:


      Personally I’m a big fan of taking what works. But sometimes new probiotic brands can work even better!

      to your health,
      Evan Jerkunica

  47. Cindy S.. says:

    Hi Even…love the advice you are giving..I am on 2 antibiotics now Fluconazole for Yeast infection in my throat ..and Azithromycin for Bronchietasis..(sputum in my Bronical Tubes)…I think probiotics would be a good idea….I read where Florastor is made with yeast and OK to use while taking antibioatics…is that true…I would like to hear what you think..This is all new to me…

    • evan says:

      Hi Cindy,

      Florastor contains Saccharomyces boulardii (a yeast), so it is not affected by antibiotics (which target bacteria).

      But you are also taking Fluconazole (which targets yeast), so that may decrease the effectiveness of the Saccharomyces boulardii.

      I would ask your doctor on what to do since you have a number of medical conditions.

      feel better,
      Evan Jerkunica

  48. Louise says:

    It is recommended, through the recommendation chart, that I use RAW Probiotic for woman over 50. I’m curious why it isn’t listed as a top 10?

    Also, should I be taking RAW Enzymes at the same time I take the RAW Probiotic?

    Thank you for all the useful information.

    • evan says:

      Hi Louise,

      Raw probiotics are listed as the #2 best brand in the top 10 list above.

      In my experience it’s fine to take enzymes with probiotics, unless your doctor says otherwise.

      Please do your own research and listen to your doctor.

      take care,
      Evan Jerkunica

  49. Jody says:

    I’m about two weeks into my first 30 days with Garden Of Life 30 billion cfu’s…REALLY like it and not a bad price. I have a serious Candida problem so I’ll probably increase to their 50 billion cfu next month. I’m diagnosed with 4 different “auto immune”diseases and I’mseeing great improvement already! Very happy!

    • evan says:

      Hey Jody,

      Thanks for sharing your experience with Garden of life 30 billion CFU probiotic. They are in my top 5 probiotic brands.

      to your health,
      Evan Jerkunica

  50. Iris says:

    Hi Evan
    How are you?

    My 48 yr old friend has been on Nexium (a proton pump inhibitor) for nearly 8 years and has put on a lot of weight since. I am of the opinion that his low stomach acid since being on the medication is the indirect cause (among other factors) of the weight
    gain. Is that accurate? He has never taken a

    I would like to know if taking a probiotic with
    digestive enzymes would help in his case or would
    that be counterproductive?

    I understand that 80% of our digestive enzymes are
    actually produced in the pancreas and are effective
    only after being activated by our stomach acid. Therefore, would the supplemented digestive enzymes already be ‘activated’ without needing stomach acid or would they still be ‘ineffective’ due to
    his low stomach acid?

    Besides our bodies producing less enzymes over time, would supplementing them ‘trick’ his body into producing less and less of them as well?

    Thanks Evan.

    • evan says:

      Wow Iris!!

      I’m super impressed by your comment. You show a deep appreciation of the digestive system that many doctors don’t seem to demonstrate.

      There is strong evidence that many enzymes are only released by your body when your chyme (food in your small intestine) has a low enough PH in the beginning of the small intestine…and if you are on PPI (proton pump inhibitors), then that suppresses the production of HCL…and as a chain reaction you will also suppresses enzyme production.

      And if you don’t have ample enzymes, then our bodies have more trouble breaking down and assimilating the nutrition.

      And forget enzymes for a minute…B12 absorption must have normal HCL production…as does most of the B vitamins.

      Just look at this complex chain of events needed to absorb B12:

      The absorption of vitamin B12 in humans is complex (1, 2). Vitamin B12 in food is bound to proteins and is released from the proteins by the action of a high concentration of hydrochloric acid present in the stomach. This process results in the free form of the vitamin, which is immediately bound to a mixture of glycoproteins secreted by the stomach and salivary glands. These glycoproteins, called R-binders (or haptocorrins), protect vitamin B12 from chemical denaturation in the stomach. The stomach’s parietal cells, which secrete hydrochloric acid, also secrete a glycoprotein called intrinsic factor. Intrinsic factor binds vitamin B12 and ultimately enables its active absorption. Although the formation of the vitamin B12 – intrinsic factor complex was initially thought to happen in the stomach, it is now clear that this is not the case. At an acidic pH the affinity of the intrinsic factor for vitamin B12 is low whereas its affinity for the R-binders is high. When the contents of the stomach enter the duodenum, the R-binders become partly digested by the pancreatic proteases, which causes them to release their vitamin B12. Because the pH in the duodenum is more neutral than that in the stomach, the intrinsic factor has a high binding affinity to vitamin B12, and it quickly binds the vitamin as it is released from the R-binders. The vitamin B12-intrinsic factor complex then proceeds to the lower end of the small intestine, where it is absorbed by phagocytosis by specific ileal receptors (1, 2).


      And let’s not forget that HCL is used to kill bacteria and other bad microorganisms in food that we eat!

      Now to answer your questions:

      1. Your friend can still try taking enzymes. See if they work or seem to help…also try taking them with some fresh lemon juice…they can better activate the enzymes since some of their activity is PH dependent.

      2. Your friend can try probiotics – but I would be cautious…if HCL is low, then you can have probiotic overgrowth in the small intestines…so proceed very carefully!

      3. I am of the opinion that supplementing enzymes would not further reduce production of enzymes…your body’s enzymes are produced like clockwork under the right conditions (PH, parasympathetic state, etc). BUT – you should check with a doctor and do your own research…I’m not a doctor!

      4. As for the weight gain, I’m not really qualified to answer that. There are many things going on here…and weight gain is frequently caused by many things together (as you mentioned above)…

      Please feel free to email me at if you’d like to chat further!

      to your friend’s health,
      Evan Jerkunica

  51. Iris says:

    Hi Evan

    This question also pertains to my friend’s (long time PPI user with low stomach acid) condition which I had forgotten to ask- As an enteric coated capsule is ‘calculated’ to be ‘worn down’ as it passes through the
    stomach’s acidic conditions- Due to
    his low acid production, would that
    enteric coating be broken enough/ in time for it to be effective?

    Dr Mercola had sited this to already be a potential problem if taken by an
    ‘unmedicated’ individual.

    I was considering the Jarrow brand
    as the others on your list were really expensive but it has enteric coated capsules. I am already spending hundreds of dollars a month on just
    supplements alone.

    I do not understand why the probiotics in ‘Garden of Life, Raw
    Probiotics Men’ can be taken without its capsule but the Jarro’s
    has to have an enteric coating. They have overlapping similar genus and species.

    Its a huge task searching for a
    product that has to be convenient to carry around (not powdered but can be opened capsules), temperature stable, suitable for sensitive gut (he has experienced discomfort sometimes when taking certain supplements-perhaps its the capsule ingredients).

    I could really do with your help as you seem really knowledgeable in
    this area!

    I really appreciate you taking the time to read and answer all our questions, Evan.


  52. Iris says:

    Dear Evan!

    I did not realised you had already replied before I posted the second comment! I have not gone through it yet but just wanted to thank you Soo much for taking all that time to read and answer it with so much diligence and care!! I really really appreciate it!
    I have had no one knowlegable enough in this area to discuss this topic with and have had to grapple with all the sometimes confusing data out there on my own. People I have asked these questions just think I am over-analytical. I am so thankful to have found you!

    Cheers! And thanks again!

  53. Iris says:

    Hi Evan

    Sorry to bother you again.

    As you are so knowledgeable in these health matters, I was wondering if your expertise extend to whey protein as well?

    Fingers crossed. Hahaha!

  54. William Cohen says:

    Garden of life probiotics. Will these daiy based products affect me who is lactose resisistant only with milk, not lactose intolerant?
    Please let me know. Thanks.

    • evan says:

      Hi William,

      I can’t say for sure either way.

      Is it possible that you can just buy it and see how it works for you?

      Or you can use a brand that doesn’t contain any dairy…so there’s no risk at all.

      To your health,
      Evan Jerkunica

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