We have been aware of the benefits of probiotics for quite some time. However, our kids aren’t always eager to take them and they often have an interesting taste, and can be difficult to mix with foods or liquids. We have pressed on, knowing that 80% of our immune system lives in our gut. A healthy gut often equals greater health overall…. so we were quite excited to partner with Moms Meet to try out Dr. Mercola’s probiotics for kids and adults.
If you are curious what makes a good probiotic, here is a quick checklist to look for:
- Contain effective bacterial strains – must be strain specific*
- Are viable and dose specific
- Remain stable and viable for a long time
- Have the ability to survive the stomach and reach the intestine
- Thrive in the intestine
You can be sure to avoid false claims by double checking the label for the following:
- Lactobacillus acidophilus DDS-1
- Lactobacillus casei
- Lactobacillus plantarum
- Lactobacillus salivarius
- Lactobacillus rhamnosus
- Lactobacillus brevis
- Bifidobacterium lactis
- Bifidobacterium longum
- Bifidobacterium bifidum
- Streptococcus thermophilus
Dr. Mercola does indeed include these ingredients in a conveniently packaged and truly good tasting powder. Dr. Mercola products are also subject to third party testing and the probiotic strains demonstrated gastrointestinal acid and bile tolerances over 90%. You can read the results here.
The kids actually enjoyed mixing this up and drinking it. I also packed the adult probiotic with me on my latest trip to Africa, it was so convenient to mix with bottled water.
Additionally, it mixes very smoothly. There were no complaints when it came to taking the daily probiotic!
Disclaimer: Mom’s Meet provided samples of Dr. Mercola’s probiotic. As always the opinions are my own.