Top 5 Probiotics of 2017

Updated June 29th, 2017

Within the past few years, the probiotics market has been EXPLODING. Doctors may have been prescribing them for a long time, but only recently have people started including these extraordinary supplements in their daily diets. Those who have started regularly taking probiotics have reported many improvements in their overall health. Here are some examples of the benefits thousands of daily users report:

  • improved digestive function
  • weight loss
  • lowered cholesterol
  • normalized blood pressure
  • less sick days

With so many brands of probiotics on the market, how can you find the right one? Because every product claims to be the “most effective“, it can be hard to find the probiotic that best suits your particular needs. Luckily, that’s what we’re here for.

This list ONLY includes probiotics which are manufactured in accordance with cGMP guidelines.

If a probiotic was NOT manufactured in clean, regulated conditions, as per cGMP guidelines then in all likelihood it will not only be ineffective but it could be POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS!

There are 5 factors which impact our grade of each probiotic. They are listed and explained below.

      • Price – this one is pretty self-explanatory.
      • Potency – WAY too many companies leave their probiotics sitting around gathering dust, over 50% of the brands that we tested had ZERO live cultures left! Potency is the % of live cultures we discovered upon testing the brand, you’d be surprised at how many companies store their probiotics for way too long.
      • CFU (Colony-Forming Units) – this is the total count of all of the bacteria in the probiotic, VERY important because probiotics are ONLY EFFECTIVE IN ADEQUATE AMOUNTS.

      • Strains – total number of different types of bacteria in each probiotic, varies greatly and, along with strain diversity, affects the types and levels of benefits that you will notice.
      • Strain Purity – a combination of the effective concentration of the strains within the probiotic and the functional quality of the active cultures (the ability of the bacteria to perform its specific job).

          #1     BlueBiotics Ultimate Care                                                                                           2017 TOP PICK

Our Rating:          4.7/5ucbottle_small-fw

User Rating:        4.8/5  (1454)

Here’s Why:

  • 61 Billion live probiotics per serving (CFU)
  • 11 proven strains, only top proven strains are included
  • Endorsed by many doctors and health professionals
  • Contains S. Boulardii – possibly the most effective, but most expensive, probiotic strain. Many companies do not include S. Boulardii because of the cost
  • Small Capsules Designed to resist stomach acid – a must for any probiotic to be effective
  • Vegetarian capsules + free of potentially hazardous binders and fillers
  • Highest % of living cultures among top brands tested – by far

 

From Lactobacillus acidophilus to Bacillus Coagulans, the BlueBiotics blend is a veritable list of the most researched and proven probiotic bacteria known to science. And recent advances on the blend have made it the only full-spectrum probiotic supplement on the market, as it contains strains which are typically not available to the general public (Bacillus Coagulans and S. boulardii). The CFU count alone is remarkable enough, leaving most comparable spectrums in the dust… HOWEVER even more surprisingly our tests showed that a whopping 98% of the probiotic colonies in BlueBiotics were still alive, making this BY FAR the most effective probiotic supplement that we have ever reviewed. Also, because of the diverse pool of strains in BlueBiotics, users have reported a wide variety of benefits from weight loss, to increased energy, improved digestive health and cognitive function. Many of our staff switched to these probiotics, as well as myself and my family.

 

Price: $49.95*

Potency:…………………..4.9

CFU: 61 Billion…………..4.8

Strains: 11………………..4.7

Living Cultures:………….4.9

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          #2     Ultimate Flora Critical Care

Our Rating:          4.4/5                      User Rating:           4.3/5  (1149)
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Here’s Why:

  • 50 Billion live probiotics per serving (CFU)
  • 10 top strains, many proven strains are included
  • Capsules Designed to resist stomach acid
  • Vegetarian capsules + free of potentially hazardous binders and fillers
  • Reasonably high % of living cultures

 

Ultimate Flora tested significantly higher than the majority of general probiotic blends. However, our lab results weren’t as positive as with BlueBiotics and we found that the amounts of actual live and active cultures were effectively less than many of our top picks. However, these probiotics have a very high, diverse strain count which makes this product ideal for those who do not have any pressing health issues, but are looking for a solid general supplement for well-being.

Price: $35.99

Potency:…………………..4.3

CFU: 50 Billion…………..4.5

Strains: 10………………..4.6

Living Cultures:………….4.2

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          #3      Florastor Probiotics

Our Rating:          4.1/5                      User Rating:           4.1/5  (871)

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Here’s Why:

  • produced by a trusted, well known brand
  • Contains a single proven strain
  • Capsules Designed to resist stomach acid
  • Vegetarian capsules + free of potentially hazardous binders and fillers
  • Reasonably high % of living cultures

 

Consider these a probiotic sniper rifle for antibiotic-associated diarrhea. If you aren’t looking for any of the other health benefits of probiotics, this should be your weapon of choice. Contains one quite potent, high quality strain. Florastor has been around for quite a while, which has lent it the reputation of being the ‘go to’ probiotic for the nasty antibiotic after-effects. While well-founded, we at CHR would still recommend BlueBiotics for antibiotic-related health issues.

Price: $43.00

Potency:……………………4.6

CFU: N/A (mg)……………4.2

Strains: 1…………………..2.0

Living Cultures:…………..4.4

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          #4      Align Probiotic

Our Rating:          3.9/5                      User Rating:           3.5/5  (787)

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Here’s Why:

  • produced by a trusted, well known brand
  • Contains a single proven strain
  • Capsules Designed to resist stomach acid
  • Vegetarian capsules + free of potentially hazardous binders and fillers
  • Reasonably high % of living cultures

 

Align makes absolutely amazing probiotics! Align contains only one probiotic culture, Bifidobacterium Infantis, which is both highly studied and effective. This particular strain has been shown to be very effective in addressing a variety of digestive tract issues. This product is ideal for those who do not have any pressing health issues, but are looking for a general supplement for well-being.

Price: $28.99

Potency:……………………4.5

CFU: 1 Billion……………..3.5

Strains: 1…………………..2.0

Living Cultures:…………..4.3

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          #5      Trubiotics

Our Rating:          3.9/5                      User Rating:           3.6/5  (979)

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Here’s Why:

  • produced by a trusted, well known brand
  • Low cost for a small dose
  • Contains a two proven strains
  • Capsules Designed to resist stomach acid
  • Vegetarian capsules + free of potentially hazardous binders and fillers
  • high % of living cultures compared with options that did not make this list

 

Contains two types of well-documented probiotics, Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium animalis. Although more for individuals who are looking for their probiotic to address a very specific health issue, TruBiotics does its job very well. Again, the test results were not overwhelmingly positive – however they still measured well inside the advised levels of effectiveness. If the two strains in Trubiotics are the ones that you are looking for, TruBiotics is a fair place to begin your foray into probiotic supplements.

Price: $13.99

Potency:……………………4.2

CFU: 1.5 Billion…………..2.5

Strains: 2…………………..3.5

Living Cultures:…………..4.1

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14 Comments

  1. Karen Harris-Sweetman

    Did you try Vital Reds and if so how did it compare?

    Reply
    1. JuliaJulia (Post author)

      Hello Karen,

      Gundry Vital Reds are not included because they are not strictly a probiotic.

      They only contain a small amount of probiotics.

      Reply
  2. Audrey Hines

    I just ordered 3 bottles of probiotic from Probiotic America called Perfect Biotics. Is this a good company or a scam? Thanks

    Reply
    1. JuliaJulia (Post author)

      You can find a list of probiotics we reviewed under probiotics > reviewed brands at the top of this page.

      Many brands did not make the cut to the top 5, and we’re not included on this page.

      Reply
  3. alice white

    Hello
    Since I have been using this product I have lost 35 pounds,so that now I believe it has really helped me in my quest to lose weight this product works.It does what they promised,helps with the stomach and water weight,blood pressure…I love it!!!

    Reply
  4. KayinBakare

    So happy this has changed my life

    Reply
  5. anne Graham

    Thanks, I hope this works.

    Reply
  6. catherine

    always looking for healthy items

    Reply
  7. Richard

    Omg this works try it

    Reply
  8. jabreah

    ready to try one of these

    Reply
  9. jason chi

    I consider buying some. It really helped me. It is also really cheap.

    Reply
  10. Eric

    For the CFU and strains of the top probiotics on this list, the price is nice

    Reply
  11. Susan Green

    I would like to know which probiotic is best for IBS and fibromyalgia. Is important to use a product with with one or two cultures with the fibromyalgia?
    Thank you,

    SG

    Reply
  12. JuliaJulia (Post author)

    Many users report that Probiotics help with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome).

    I would start with the top of the list with a probiotic that contains saccharomyces boulardii – BlueBiotics.

    There is some research that suggests probiotics could help with fibromyalgia, I would recommend a probiotic with more that just 1-2 strains. Find one with top proven strains (5+) and a high CFU!

    Reply

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