- Probiotic supplement for women's health and urinary tract support with 5 clinically-studied strains and 10 billion CFUs per serving
- Contains cranberry extract and D-mannose for urinary and vaginal health support
- Bio-tract protection from stomach acid
- Time release technology
- No refrigeration required
- Made in the USA
- Women-owned brand
- Non-GMO, allergen-free, gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, nut-free, and free of artificial colors, or flavors
Ingredients Concern: None discovered
Cons: Probiotics may cause stomach discomfort in some people
Lovebug Probiotic: Founded by mom, Ashley Harris, when she discovered the probiotic she was taking was causing severe allergies due to bad gut bacteria in her and her son.
Research indicates that a minimum daily serving of probiotics which supports optimal digestive and immune system function is 10 billion CFUs, especially Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium as these are the most commonly used strains [1, 2].
Probiotics are commonly added to supplements for digestive and immune support, and they are often recommended when people are experiencing diarrhea due to antibiotics [3-5]. Similarly, probiotics are frequently suggested for people who frequently experience intestinal problems due to issues that are related to the improper digestion of food or nutrients .
Research has demonstrated that prebiotics (e.g.,) enhance the growth and activity of probiotics. Probiotics also improve the body's ability to combat microorganisms (e.g., Candida) as well as the body's response to allergens, especially cat and dog hair, pollen, and dust mites, by thickening the viscosity of the airway's mucosal lining and disrupting the production of pro-inflammatory proteins .
Probiotics help support heart health by improving the body's ability to degrade cholesterol as well as increasing nutrient absorption, which subsequently enhances weight control [13, 14]. Probiotic supplementation also supports optimal hormone levels and in doing so supports vaginal health .
Cranberries and D-Mannose, which is also found in cranberries and other fruits, are well-known for improving urinary tract health and targeting urinary tract infections (UTI's) .
Vaginal and urinary tract health [1, 9, 16]; Balance of vaginal flora [5, 9]
Probiotics in combination with digestive enzymes (e.g., lactase, protease) support proper digestion and an active lifestyle by increasing the number of good bacteria in the gut . This targets digestive issues that may cause bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation, etc.; all of which may lead to decreased physical activity . Similarly, probiotics release enzymes that disrupt the growth and activity of harmful microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi (Candida), or viruses which can also cause illnesses or infections that subsequently reduce activity levels [1, 9-11].
In addition, probiotics enhance the body's ability to absorb nutrients (e.g., Vitamin C, sodium), which are known to boost energy levels [7, 12].
Furthermore, probiotics improve respiratory health by increasing the thickness of the protective mucus that lines the airways . This causes harmful invaders to become trapped in the mucus and excreted before they can initiate an illness. Probiotics also stimulate the production of natural killer cells and white blood cells that target infection-causing invaders that would otherwise lead to infections [10, 11]. Improved respiratory health due to probiotic supplementation is associated with heighted physical performance .
Furthermore, clinical research indicates that probiotics support heart health by promoting the breakdown of cholesterol, triglycerides, and body fat in obese individuals and influencing the way cholesterol is absorbed in the gut [13, 14].
Probiotic supplementation also targets stress-induced immune system problems as well as hormonal imbalances, the latter of which helps promotes optimal vaginal health .
Cranberries enhance urinary tract health and target UTIs by decreasing the virulence of microorganisms and decreasing their ability to attach to walls of the urinary tract; D-mannose also sticks to microorganisms (e.g., bacteria) and causes them to stick to each other instead of the walls of the urinary tract. . The components of cranberries that provide these benefits include anthocyanidins and proanthocyanidins (PACs) .
Key Ingredients: Propietary Probiotic Blend - 10 Billion CFU: L. plantarum, L. gasseri, L. fermentum, L. reuteri, L. brevis, Cran-Gyn - 250 mg: D-Mannose, Cranberry (juice extract)
All Ingredients: Propietary Probiotic Blend - 10 Billion CFU: L. plantarum, L. gasseri, L. fermentum, L. reuteri, L. brevis, Cran-Gyn - 250 mg: D-Mannose, Cranberry (juice extract), Other ingredients: Microcrystalline Cellulose, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Pectin, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C 16 mg), Sodium Carbonate (Sodium 5 mg), Stearic Acid, Guar Gum, Turmeric
Take 1 tablet daily.
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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