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What is the Best Form of Probiotics?

What is the Best Form of Probiotics?

What is the Best Form of Probiotics?

There are many different forms of probiotics sold on the market today, which makes finding the best form of probiotics challenging. Most probiotics are naturally introduced from the foods in your diet, but you also can introduce good bacteria into your body with different forms of probiotics found in foods and dietary supplements.

Scientific research shows some noticeable advantages liquid spore probiotics have over other forms of probiotics found in pills, powders, and liquid drops. Read on to learn more about the best form of probiotics and their unique health benefits.

What are Probiotics?

Probiotics are living microorganisms that promote gut health when consumed. The microorganisms in probiotics are typically consumed in the form of fermented foods or dietary supplements.


A common misconception in the probiotic industry is that probiotics must contain a large culture of different bacteria to provide health benefits. On the contrary, research states that consuming too many CFUs can actually be harmful rather than good for your body. 

The most common strains of probiotics are found in the Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus families. Below is a list of the most common strains of probiotics.

  • Bifidobacterium bifidum
  • Bifidobacterium lactis
  • Bifidobacterium longum
  • Lactobacillus acidophilus
  • Lactobacillus bulgaricus
  • Lactobacillus casei
  • Lactobacillus gasseri
  • Lactobacillus plantarum

Most probiotic supplements contain most or all of these probiotic strains. Although bifidobacterium and lactobacillus are popular probiotics held in high regard, they have some downsides, including minimal resistance to acidity, heat, and antibiotics. 

Alternatively, bacillus subtilis and bacillus clausii are uncommon strains that have demonstrated outstanding performance when used to help with digestive issues. And unlike most probiotic supplements, you only need three billion CFUs of these probiotics to see noticeable improvements in gut health. 

How Do Probiotics Promote Gut Health and Wellness?

When consumed in large enough quantities and absorbed properly, probiotics promote gut health and wellness by supporting immune function, maximizing nutrient absorption, and reducing the density of bad bacteria in your gut.

A healthier gut means a healthier life. The main benefits of probiotics and a healthy gut are:

  • Higher energy levels
  • Improved mood regulation
  • Reduced symptoms of digestive disorders
  • Stronger immune system
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Improved bowel function
  • Protection from harmful bacteria

These benefits demonstrate how probiotics can significantly improve your physical, mental, and spiritual well-being by introducing good bacteria into your gut microbiome. Research data shows that gut bacteria manufacture around 95% of your body’s supply of serotonin, a neurochemical that plays a major role in mood regulation, learning, and memory. 


Before experiencing these benefits, the microorganisms in your food or probiotic supplement must survive the digestive process and reach the gut lining. The survivability of the probiotic supplement and the quantity of CFUs ingested determines how many good bacteria can colonize and grow in your gut.

Different Forms of Probiotics: Advantages and Disadvantages

The form of probiotics you take determines how the probiotic is consumed, digested, and received by your gut. Depending on the form of probiotic you take, you may be wasting your time and money because the probiotic has low survivability when travelling through the stomach or a slow absorption rate.

Read on to learn about the advantages and disadvantages of different forms of probiotics.

 

Pills

Probiotic supplement manufacturers sometimes use enteric coating for their probiotics to protect the microorganisms from the harsh acidity of the stomach. Although these coatings preserve the probiotics, there are advantages and disadvantages to probiotic pills.

 

Advantages

Disadvantages

  Increased survivability of viable cells

  Increased density of viable cells

  Low absorption rate

  Reduced health benefits due to lower absorption rate

 

Compared to other probiotic forms, pills are the most durable and have high survivability of viable cells that arrive to the gastrointestinal tract. Conversely, the enteric coating that provides this unique advantage to pills also drastically decreases the absorption rate of this form of probiotic.

Powders

Another way to consume probiotics is in powdered form. Although powders are more convenient in some ways, there are some drawbacks to probiotic powders.

 

 

Advantages

Disadvantages

  Easy to mix into drinks, food, and smoothies

  Easier to digest compared to pills (less compared to liquid form)

  Higher absorption rate compared to pills (less compared to liquid form)

  Reduced survivability of viable cells

  Reduced health benefits due to low viable cell count

  Lower absorption rate compared to liquid probiotics

 

As shown in the table above, probiotic powders are easier to digest and absorb than pills, but not when compared to liquid probiotics. The unique advantage that powdered probiotics have over other probiotic forms is their ability to be easily placed into drinks and meals.

Drops

Commonly given to babies and infants, probiotic drops are a form of liquid probiotic used to promote the growth of good bacteria. Similar to powder probiotics, probiotic drops have a higher absorption rate compared to the pills, but are vulnerable to the stomach’s acidic environment.

Advantages

Disadvantages

  Higher absorption rates

  Easily digestible

  Reduced survivability of viable cells

  Reduced health benefits due to low viable cell count

  Can be difficult to measure the appropriate dose

  

Unlike powders and pills, liquid probiotic drops have the highest absorption rate and are easily digestible. One drawback to liquid probiotics is their reduced survivability when traveling through the acidic conditions of the stomach. Additionally, this form of liquid probiotic can be difficult to dose unless specified on the probiotic label or instructions.

Liquid Spore

The best form of probiotics is spore probiotics. Liquid spore probiotics have a faster absorption rate, 90% CFU survivability, and are easier to consume and digest compared to other forms of probiotics.


At LiveSpo Colytis, we place our liquid spore probiotics in a vial so you can deliver the exact amount of probiotics you need to experience the health benefits of probiotics. By following our simple three step process, you can deliver the correct dose of probiotics to your gut at each stage of your probiotic journey. 

Advantages

Disadvantages

  High absorption rates

  Easily digestible

  Optimized for new and regular probiotic users

  High survivability

  Not commonly found in most probiotics 

 

Unlike conventional liquid probiotics, LiveSpo Colytis probiotics contain Bacillus subtilis and Bacillus clausii

Bacillus subtilis is a special strain of bacteria that produces endospores that tolerate the harsh conditions of the stomach. This strain also produces fungicidal compounds that protect you from fungal pathogens such as Candida.

 

The second distinct strain we use in our scientifically-backed probiotic formula is Bacillus clausii. This strain of bacteria lessens the severity of antibiotic use symptoms by guaranteeing the survival of a sufficient number of vegetative spores.

The Best Form of Probiotics: Liquid Spore Probiotics

With a unique blend of bacterial strains, LiveSpo Colytis probiotics are an enhanced form of liquid probiotic designed to promote gut health and wellness. Our liquid spore probiotics are easy to take with our three-step process that shows you how to enjoy all the health benefits of probiotics.

 

So what are you waiting for? Try our LiveSpo Collytis probiotics today!

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