- Premium daily probiotic for kids supports natural immune defenses and digestive function
- Key probiotic is Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG), which has clinically proven health benefits
- Targets diarrhea and digestive upset
- Lessens stomach discomfort
- Promotes the optimal balance of good bacteria in the gut
- Works naturally in children's bodies
- Easy for children to take
- Free of gluten, dairy, lactose, milk, added colors, preservatives, yeast, and soy
Ingredients Concern: None discovered
Cons: Probiotics may cause stomach discomfort in some people
Culturelle is a Conneticut based company which boasts "a true difference" in their philosophy of probiotics. For one, they believe in using only specific strains of probiotics that are truly backed by science. They are dedicated to producing products that are safe for the whole family. Their claim to fame is due to a probitotic strain "Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG" which appears to be very effective in helping digestive issues. Jessica Alba is an advocate of their brand. All of their probiotics are gluten, soy and dairy free. They are also allergy friendly. Culturelle is part of IHealth under DSM Nutrition Products.
Probiotics have been shown to improve allergic reactions and skin allergies in children , most of which are linked to the environmental exposure to allergens such as dust mites, dog or cat hair, and pollen.
Furthermore, taking probiotics during pregnancy and adding probiotics to the diet of newborns helps target inherited skin problems . In addition, the protection that probiotics provides for skin cells persists for years when the supplementation begins during infancy .
Probiotic supplementation is also associated with a reduced incidence of duration of diarrhea that is due to antibiotic use . In addition, probiotics are frequently administered in hospital settings to target diarrhea that is caused by antibiotics . In NICUs, probiotic supplementation is also used to boost health and target diarrhea in newborns .
Research shows that taking a minimum of 5 billion CFUs of probiotics daily promotes health in children, they can be taken safely on a regular basis, they do not typically interact with any medication, and they rarely cause adverse effects . In addition, probiotics support healthy cholesterol, triglyceride, and liver fat levels, thereby promoting a healthier metabolism . They also help improve the body's ability to degrade cholesterol which enhances weight control [18, 19].Prebiotics provide nutrients that enhance the growth and activity of the probiotics . Probiotics help target digestive issues that are related to a damaged intestinal lining and the leakage of different substances in the gut .
Improved digestion, Enhanced immunity, Increased energy levels, Heightened nutrient absorption, Supports weight control [1-5]
Probiotics restore and maintain a healthy balance of good bacteria in the gut . Probiotics also release enzymes that promote the digestion of food and enzymes that target bad bacteria as well as other harmful invaders, thereby improving overall digestive function . In addition, they support the proper breakdown and transport of nutrients into the bloodstream and throughout the body . By improving the digestive process, probiotics helps ensure that only low amounts of undigested food remain in the gut as undigested food often leads to stomach discomfort. In doing so, probiotics target bloating, constipation, gas, and diarrhea, especially when antibiotics are being taken .Probiotic supplementation is frequently recommended during and after antibiotic use because it restores healthy levels of good bacteria .
Probiotics boost natural antioxidant activity in the body and this takes some of the strain off of the immune system . Therefore, immune system becomes stronger and more readily available to target foreign invaders due to added protection that is provided by probiotics.
Probiotic supplementation during childhood enhances digestive health and immunity . More specifically, young children who take probiotics have a less exaggerated immune response to allergens that may otherwise cause them to become hyper-allergic . Furthermore, probiotics help disrupt an imbalance of pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory proteins .
In addition, probiotics play a protective role against common allergens due to their ability to improve the viscosity of the natural mucus lining in the airways that trap and excrete allergens . This reduces reactions to allergens, including skin allergy reactions . Probiotic supplementation in young children also disrupts harmful invaders from causing infections in the respiratory system because probiotics support increased levels of white blood cells and natural killer cells [14, 15]. Furthermore, probiotics release specific substances that have antimicrobial activity and this enhances immunity, respiratory health, and overall health [14, 16, 17].
Furthermore, clinical research indicates that probiotics support heart health and weight control by promoting the breakdown of cholesterol, triglycerides, and body fat in obese individuals and influencing the way cholesterol is absorbed in the gut [18, 19].
When an individual experiences a leaky gut it means that the protective lining of the stomach is broken down and inflammatory substances enter the blood stream where they can cause pain throughout the body. Probiotic supplementation helps promote the body's ability to repair and restore the protective lining and stomach function .
Key Ingredients: Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG - 5 billion CFUs
All Ingredients: Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG, Mannitol, inulin, silicon dioxide, sucrose, maltodextrin, sodium ascorbate
1 packet daily, mixed into cool food or drink.
These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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