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Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs)

What do strains mean in probiotics?

Probiotic strains are genetic subtypes of species. Each probiotic strain has a different effect on the body. There are over 500 known probiotic strains. Two strains of Lactobacillus acidophilus, for instance, have over 100 different alleles, each with other functions and benefits. For example, Lactobacillus acidophilus UBLA-34 provides many health benefits specific to the intestinal tract lining, while strain B-64 has been shown to help with bloating and gas. Thus, probiotic strains are an essential part of understanding the quality of probiotics.

How many strains of probiotics are there?

Probiotic strains fall into seven main groups. These groups consist of Lactobacillus, Enterococcus, Saccharomyces, Bifidobacterium, Streptococcus, Escherichia and Bacillus. Probiotic strains within each probiotic family have different functions and benefits. However, there are more than six thousand types of probiotic bacteria strains. 

It can be hard to know what to look for in each brand, especially when they all claim to be the best or look like candy. You may think it is just about brands, money and marketing, but there is a lot of information you need to know before buying your next probiotic.

Which probiotic strains do I need?

It is recommended to choose probiotic products with at least 1 billion colony-forming units containing the genus Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, Bacillus, or Saccharomyces boulardii. Here are some of the best probiotic strains and their health benefits -

  • Lactobacillus acidophilus - Fights harmful bacteria.
  • Lactobacillus fermentum - Strengthens the immune system
  • Lactobacillus casei/paracasei - Helps fight & cure inflammatory bowel diseases like cramping, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhoea, bloating, and gas.
  • Lactobacillus plantarum - Fights disease-causing bad bacteria, boosts the digestive system and helps produce vitamins.
  • Lactobacillus reuteri. - Beneficial for female urinary tract and vaginal health; Reduces ulcer-causing bacteria; Supports heart health
  • Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus - Helps cure IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
  • Lactobacillus rhamnosus - Improved gut health, and fights cavities
  • Bifidobacterium longum ssp. longum. - This  bacterial strain protects from intestinal infections, colon cancer, inflammatory bowel diseases, and is believed to even  cure  depression.
  • Bifidobacterium longum ssp. infantis. - Helps cure lactose intolerance, vaginal yeast infections, eczema, and urinary tract infections.
  • Bifidobacterium bifidum. - Helps prevent IBS and maintain the immune system

Bifidobacterium animalis ssp. Lactis. - This probiotic strain is said to stimulate vitamins production and prevent infection.

Why are Probiotic Strains Beneficial?

When you have harmful bacteria inside you, you can get sick often and worse as such conditions can cause a great deal of pain and inflammation. Probiotic strains are good bacteria that help your body fight off infections and diseases that can cause a great deal of pain and inflammation. These probiotic strains fight off the harmful bacteria naturally in your system. 

The question of which strains to choose (or whether to choose a strain at all) comes up all the time. If you are doing a gut-healing protocol, should you be taking Lactobacillus strains like acidophilus and Bifidus? On the other hand, if you are suffering from an upper respiratory infection (such as sinusitis), should you consider Streptococcus thermophilus or Bacillus clausii  — the few strains that have been shown to reduce upper respiratory infections? Yes, probiotics can help you cure your condition. However, we do recommend talking to your general physician before randomly buying probiotic supplements.