In this article, we are going to take a look at probiotics. By the end, you’ll know what probiotics are, whether or not you need them and, if you do, which probiotic supplement might be right for you.
What are Probiotics?
Probiotics are a catchall term that refers to any living bacteria that lives inside of your body, and provide health benefits when consumed. These bacteria live very brief lives in your gut, but unlike the bacteria that can get you sick, probiotics are bacteria that have a positive effect on your insides, strengthening it while they live there. Think of it like having a houseguest. Sometimes they eat all of your food and leave the place a mess, but other times they pick up after themselves and leave the place better than they found it. Probiotics are the good kind.
Probiotics have been scientifically shown to treat certain intestinal health conditions so they almost certainly have a positive effect on your gut. Furthermore, gut health has been shown to be a very important factor in bodily health overall.
How do You Get Probiotics?
Probiotics are bacteria, which means they love to live in things that are fermenting. Since many bacteria are evolved to live decomposing animal products, they’re often marketed as being found in things like yogurt. The truth is, probiotics can be found in a whole suite of plant-based foods. not only that, they can be found in plenty of vegan products that are readily available, but they come in all shapes and sizes. Although they are most often found in animal products like yogurt, they can also be made into some delicious, eye-popping recipes. be found in plant-based foods. Although there has been plenty of debate as to what conditions probiotic actually treat. In addition to overstated claims about probiotics, there’s also some evidence they could cause side effects, such as gas, bloating, and possibly more serious conditions.
If you have reason to believe you need probiotics, and eating fermented foods isn’t really your style, you may want to consider supplements. We’ve put together this list of supplements, along with a short description, links and reviews. Happy browsing!
1. Deva Nutrition Vegan Probiotic Capsules
Deva Vegan Probiotic with FOS uses a special strain of bacteria called Bacillus Coagulans to help in synthesizing vitamins, fortify the immune system, and fight off bad bacteria. Other ingredients include Cellulose, Vegan Capsule (Cellulose), Vegetable Magnesium Stearate, Silica. At $11.80, it’s the most economical probiotic on our list. It has 4.5/5 on Amazon, with
Melanie says: “I feel like this is working. I have taken other probiotic before that worked for all the symptoms I need them for but I went vegan and they contain milk so I can not take them anymore. This works for all symptoms but one with me. They keep me regulated and they don’t make me sick like other probiotic have before.”
2. NATURELO Probiotic Supplement
This Naturelo Probiotic Supplement has 11 Probiotic Strains with 50 Billion Active Cultures. It claims to promote Growth of Healthy Gut Bacteria and relieve digestive discomfort. No Refrigeration Required. Non-GMO, Gluten Free, Soy Free, Yeast Free, 100% Natural. $18.95
Tony R writes: “My oncologist recommended a probiotic that was available as a prescription but I thought surely there would be cheaper alternatives on the market, but how to find the best? I tried a new probiotic almost every month using recommendations from friends, a pharmacist and research online. While some performed better than others, none truly allowed me to overcome my concern whenever I was out in a crowd. The need to race to the bathroom on short notice prevented me from joining friends and family in outside activities. However, this Naturelo supplement worked the best of any I found. I find my stomach is not rumbling the way it was as well as I have far fewer sudden dashes to bathrooms.”
3. Rainbow Light ProBio Active
Rainbowlight Pribio Active contains a unique strain called Lactobacillus Sporogenes. It aims to: “protect the stomach and into the intestines w to support optimal digestion, absorption of nutrients, and removal of waste.” This product also claims to “stabilize mood with calming ginger, fennel, peppermint and turmeric.” $19.14
One Amazon user says: “I’m pretty amazed at how these work. I am vegan and was unknowingly taking nonvegan probiotics, the best of the best, the kind you pay obscene amounts for, refrigerate, and have to take loyally 3x a day at least 30 minutes before a meal. They worked ok and all but when I discovered the dairy I looked elsewhere.
These are affordable, I can take them with or without food, it doesn’t matter if they are refrigerated, and they work better and require less dosing than the more expensive high maintenance ones I have tried. I have found my new probiotic.”
4. Ora Organic Probiotic Capsules
Ora Organic Probiotic Capsules are made from organic Jerusalem artichoke and is high in fiber. This supplement is intended for probiotic users with a sensitive stomach. Soy-free, Gluten-free, and non-gmo. With a $33.24 price tag, it’s one of the more expensive options, has a 4.5 Amazon rating.
Jill says:“Very glad to be able to support a clean, small company. I emailed to inquire what the ‘vegan’ capsules were made from, and received a very helpful reply from the Ora team. I will definitely be buying these again!”
5. NOW Probiotic-10
NOW-Probiotic-10 uses ten probiotic strains to boost the users immune system health. In addition to being vegan, this product is also Non-GMO halal, kosher, gluten-free, nut-free, and soy-free. At $12.95, it’s one of the less expensive out there. It’s also been reviewed excellently by Consumer Doc who says:
“This is an outstanding first-rate probiotic. Highly recommended. Remember however, that you may need to adjust your dosage based upon your individual results and body chemistry. Start with 1/day and titrate to two if necessary.”
One reviewer claimed to experience bloating and constipation a common side effect of probiotics.
6. MaryRuth’s Liquid Probiotic
MaryRuth’s Liquid Probiotic is sourced from three different kinds of probiotic grasses. Nut-free, soy-free, gluten-free, and corn-free. With a price tag of $42.70, it’s one of the pricer options out there, but no pill is required. It has an excellent Amazon rating.
Kristina says: “I noticed that low and behold – this wonderful company also offered a liquid probiotic. I was excited – and scared. I’ve never had a liquid probiotic and I’m pretty sensitive to taste but based upon my love for the liquid morning multivitamin, I ordered this.
If I could give this the highest rating of anything that I ever purchased – clothing, medication, cars, houses – you name it – this would be in the top three. I’m seriously not exaggerating.”
7. Advanced Acidophilus Probiotics
Active Acidophilus Probiotic contains over 40 million microorganisms. Gluten-free and soy-free. Meant for gastrointestinal relief. Designed to be non-daily in order to be gentler on those who regularly suffer side effects of other probiotics. $14.99.
Tabby says: “What can I say? My digestion is going well, but I eat pre-biotic foods as well as take this and other supplements. It doesn’t give me heartburn :)
I’m gonna keep taking it, because I think I’m getting a benefit. Oh, and you don’t need to take it every day. Gotta let your body do some gut balancing too without throwing new stuff in there all the time.”
8. Yuve Probiotic Gummies
Yuve Probiotic Gummies supports irritable bowel syndrome, regular healthy stool, and are intended to provide a daily cleansing of the intestine. Sugar-free.This product also claims to have a cleansing effect on the skin due to floral additives. $15.99. They have a 4.8 rating on Amazon, out of only 32 reviews. Rhonda says:
“I got these for my husband who has a lot of bloating and constipation issues, he says he sees a improvements if taking daily. He likes the flavor and says he cant tell they are sugar free. I heard him telling a lady in the doctor office about them and she asked the name so she could look into them as well, Hes a hard critic so to hear him sing the praises lets me know these are something I need to keep on the counter with the other medications he takes so he has the relief and results they have provided”
9. Rebalance by Doctor Stern
Rebalance by Dr. Stern contains no allergens, and is derived from 12 different probiotic strains. designed not only to add good gut bacteria but also have reduced amounts of oxygen, to nourish the good bacteria already in the gut and help keep them alive. $31.47, it’s one of the more expensive options. It has a 4.5 Amazon rating
Arabella says: “Still works for me. As a vegan amateur bodybuilder, this helps a lot with my digestion process. I eat about 2000-2200 calories (5-6 meals) and before taking this, I always had stomach pains/bloating. Now after taking these injunction with my CLA’s (that I’ve been using since March,) and tracking my food, there’s been no stomach issues since.”
10. Probiotics One Daily Support
Probiotics One was ranked number 1 on the ProbioticsGuide authority blog. Supports the intestines and immune system with 6 different strains. Non-GMO and gluten-free, contains no soy, yeast, nuts, sugar, or iron. $25.00.
Lauren writes: “I’ve had digestive issues (bloating, pain) for virtually my entire life. After many doctor visits, and trying a bunch of stuff that didn’t really help, I found a naturopath who recommended giving probiotics a try. After doing my research on a dizzying number of probiotics, I ended up trying Probiotics One. I’m happy to report he results have been amazing! My stomach problems are seriously much improved. I still get some things when I eat certain foods, but on the whole, I finally feel like I’m on the right track.”
11. Renew Life Ultimate Flora Probiotic
This Renew Life Ultimate Flora Probiotic is higher-strength and therefore for adults only. it contains 30 billion cultures to support your digestive and immune health.ltimate Flora Probiotic uses 12 probiotic strains to help with digestion. at 30.77, it’s on the higher end of the price range.
P. White writes: “I suffer from mild IBS. I say mild, because my family all have it and I seem to be the least affected, if that helps anyone reading this decide. This product is the best I have found at alleviating my symptoms. It keeps me regular, and the bloating and gas are almost “normal” now. There’s not much else to say, really, other than I wish I’d found it a long time ago. I’ve tried plenty of other brands and keep coming back to this specific product.”
As we mentioned earlier, humans have been getting their probiotic fix long before the invention of pills. (or gummies, for that matter) Turns out, you can prepare delicious probiotic food from the comfort of your own home. Check out the Food Monster App!
Homemade Probiotic Cashew Yogurt
If you want probiotic dairy-free yogurt without all the added sugar, give Sarah Pether‘s Homemade Probiotic Cashew Yogurt a try. While most homemade dairy-free yogurts use Thai young coconut meat, this recipe uses cashews which gives it a thick texture like Greek yogurt. After you blend the cashews you must use glass and wood utensils and bowls! No more metal! Metal will kill the nice friendly bacteria that are going to make the yogurt.
Herbed Probiotic Cashew Cheese
Chances are when you went vegan, you might have missed the taste of cheese. But you might have also missed the probiotic! This Herbed Probiotic Cheese by Alejandra Olmedo has all the flavor of the original, with the added bonus of probiotics!
Slow-Cooker Lentil Miso Soup
Do you always order miso soup to start off your sushi outings? If so, you should definitely try Christin McKamey‘s heartier Slow-Cooker Lentil Miso Soup. In addition to miso (which is a probiotic), this flavorful broth contains ginger, soy sauce, onion, and rice vinegar. Toss all the ingredients in a slow-cooker in the morning and check dinner off your list for the day!
You can find more plant-based probiotic goodness by downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 10,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!
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