Not all probiotics work as well as the next for all health issues. There are three main strains found in probiotics—Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, and Saccharomyces boulardii—and different species within these strains have been studied for different applications.

So the best probiotics for women’s health issues vary. Research has found that Lactobacillus acidophilus can be effective in restoring the vaginal microbiome, which can help prevent bacterial vaginosis. Studies also suggest that Bifidobacterium infantis can play a role in treatment for irritable bowel syndrome (which, again, affects more women than men). And one strain found to aid in weight loss in women was Lactobacillus gasseri.

How to choose a probiotic for women.

Because different strains have been studied for different applications, choosing a probiotic supplement with multiple strains can help you make sure you’re checking all the boxes. (After all, your gut bacteria is diverse, so a diverse probiotic is a better bet than one that contains just one strain.)

While the list of ingredients found on the back of a probiotic supplement can seem confusing or overwhelming, a diverse probiotic will likely contain Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium bacteria (and various species within each of those strains, like Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium infantis). You may also see Thermophiles, Saccharomyces boulardii, and more.

The quality and quantity of a probiotic supplement should also be involved in your decision. Quality-wise, to make sure a probiotic contains what it says it does—and that those live bacteria actually make it from production to your intestines without dying off—look for professional brands recommended by health care professionals or brands that undergo third-party testing.

And when it comes to quantity, look for a product in the billions of CFUs (or colony-forming units). Probiotics often range from 5 to 100 billion, and you should start on the lower end and increase as they’re tolerated (it’s also worth noting that the more gut damage has been done, the more CFUs you might need).

If you’re taking a probiotic for general health, try starting with 30 to 50 billion CFUs (ideally at least 15 billion each of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium strains), one to two times a day on an empty stomach. And if you’re looking for a probiotic to address specific women’s health issues, consider talking to a functional medicine doctor or health care professional. They may be able to point you in the direction of which probiotic for women is best for you.

Article courtesy of Alexa Tucker at mindbodygreen.com.

Vianda offers a probiotic called Sorbera. 

Sorbera is a premium daily probiotic supplement that feeds your body the “friendly” bacteria it needs for healthy digestion and vitamin and nutrient absorption. Taken everyday like a vitamin, Sorbera may help deliver beneficial live bacteria to the digestive system, regulate intestinal health, strengthen digestion, sustain a healthy immune function, enhance nutrient absorption, and more. At Vianda, we recommend taking Sorbera along with our other supplements to achieve their maximum benefits. To order, you can simply click here, or call 866-834-1720.