- Probiotic and prebiotic supplement with 10 powerful acid-resistant strains
- GMP-manufactured product
- Contains 25 Billion CFUs of clinically verified strains
- Supports digestion, immune system function, and overall health
- Helps maintain the integrity of the intestinal lining
- supports intestinal motility and facilitates detoxification
- Family-owned company
- Probiotic strains in this product have been identity-verified using DNA-fingerprinting technology
- UL Dietary Supplement Certification Halal
- Kosher (Triangle K)
- Not manufactured with wheat, gluten, soy, milk, egg, fish, shellfish or tree nut ingredients
- NOW probiotic supplements are verified using a bacterial strain identification and control - the RiboPrinter Microbial Characterization System. NOW scientists utilize this tool to guarantee the identity, potency, and purity of the bacterial strains
While testing, if any unwanted bacteria is detected, the raw material in question is immediately quarantined, removed from production flow, and returned to the vendor for further assessment.
- GMP Certification: A-Rated
Ingredients Concern: None discovered
Cons: Probiotics and prebiotics may cause stomach discomfort in some people, Pregnant and nursing women are asked to speak with a physician before taking this product as well as individuals who are immune system compromised or taking immune-suppressing drugs, Product must be refrigerated to maintain potency
Now Foods was orginally a protein soy company that was started by a scientist in 1968. They tested their product on athletes and found that it improved their performance. From there, this family business grew into many types of supplements. They are a value company that seeks to be 20% less expensive than other competitor supplements. They. have manufacturing facilities in Illinois and Canada. And, they opened a facility in Nevada to meet customer demand for their low cost, high quality supplements. What is unique about Now Foods is they manufacture their own soft gels. Many companies source soft gels internationally.
Now states that they can trace their raw materials back to the source essentially where they came from, who they came from, and how they were produced. They believe that natural is better.
Prebiotics FOS (Fructooligosaccharides) support the health of beneficial gut bacteria and research indicates that taking prebiotics along with minimum daily serving of probiotics (10 billion CFUs) supports digestive and immune system function, especially Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium as these are the most commonly used strains [1-3].
Probiotics are commonly added to supplements for digestive and immune support, and they are often recommended when people are experiencing diarrhea due to antibiotics [4-6]. 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 .
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 [14, 15].
Digestive heath [1, 3]; Immune system health [2, 8]; Heightened energy levels ; Heart health, improved weight control [13-15]
Probiotics in combination with prebiotics such as Fructooligosaccharides (FOS) enhance the body's absorption of nutrients (e.g., Ascorbyl Palmitate), while supporting 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, 10-12].
In addition, probiotics enhance the body's ability to absorb nutrients (e.g., Vitamin C), that are known to boost energy levels [8, 13].
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 [11, 12]. 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 [14, 15].
Prebiotics Fructooligosaccharides (FOS) provide nutrients that enhance the growth and activity of probiotics (healthy gut bacteria) [1, 3].
Key Ingredients: 25 Billion CFU: Lactobacillus acidophilus (La-14), Bifidobacterium lactis (Bl-04),Lactobacillus plantarum (Lp-115), Lactobacillus casei (Lc-11),Lactobacillus rhamnosus (Lr-32), Lactobacillus paracasei (Lpc-37),Bifidobacterium breve (Bb-03), Streptocous thermophilus (St-21),Lactobacillus salivarius (Ls-33), Bifidobacterium longum (BI-05) 25 Billion CF, FOS (Fructooligosa harides)
All Ingredients: Lactobacillus acidophilus (La-14), Bifidobacterium lactis (Bl-04),Lactobacillus plantarum (Lp-115), Lactobacillus casei (Lc-11),Lactobacillus rhamnosus (Lr-32), Lactobacillus paracasei (Lpc-37),Bifidobacterium breve (Bb-03), Streptocous thermophilus (St-21),Lactobacillus salivarius (Ls-33), Bifidobacterium longum (BI-05) 25 Billion CFU, Cellulose Powder, Cellulose (capsule), FOS (Fructooligosa harides), Ascorbyl Palmitate and Silica
Take 1 capsule 1 to 2 times daily between meals or on an empty stomach. Refrigerate after opening to maintain potency.
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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