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Probiotics November 20, 2008

Filed under: health — Thinking Woman @ 10:54 pm

Probiotics have always been a bit of a mystery to me. I understand that it’s really important to get some but don’t know how much. I also didn’t know how often to take them or for how long. I recently found a few vague references on the Dr. Mercola website but he pushes so hard on his proprietary brand and that doesn’t sit right with me. I mean, good for him for creating a product and explaining how to use it, but I’d rather buy local, not always have to have stuff shipped.

He has a video that gives actual information so here are a few notes. (I so wish he didn’t do these videos; I hate sitting through them and generally don’t. I’d much rather skim a few words. I know people are different in this regard; my husband gets all his information from youtube and other online videos. Good for him. I want to skim, skip, find the meat, move on. Wham, bam, thank you man.)

So okay, here are the meaty bits of information I’ve managed to glean:

  • no magnesium stearate (flow aid to get into capsules, no benefit, forms biofilm on intestines which blocks absorption)
  • no titanium dioxide
  • must be high potency (under 5 billion ineffective)
  • make sure they do testing on amount of bacteria and actual strains; many are way off

The first two points apply to all supplements, by the way.

Of course we should not need supplemental probiotics. Rather, we should be fermenting foods. I’m starting back up with kombucha so I do hope that helps.

Some other points he made are that most of us rely on yogurt and that is mostly not doing us a favor. I am aware that mainstream yogurt is crap but I was told by a trusted source that pasteurized milk was okay for yogurt. It is not, according to Dr. Mercola; pasteurized milk is just bad, bad, bad. I don’t have a source for raw yogurt so I suppose if I want it, I’ll have to make it myself.  In getting more into eating traditional foods, I am going to have to make some adjustments. I suppose making my own yogurt could be next on the list.

Meanwhile, two out of three of my probiotic bottles list magnesium stearate. Darn. I was taking them all like mad, not knowing which might be good or not so switching around among three brands. Perhaps I’ll stick to the third brand.