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Rating

Overview:

When you take into consideration everything that can be said about the Bio-Kult Advanced Probiotic, you’ll find that it’s an above average product. There are a lot of things to like, as well as a few minor downsides. For example, the capsules are very small, and this makes them easy to swallow. They come in blister packs that make them very convenient for carrying around with you, and for daily use. The product also doesn’t have to be refrigerated, which is one less thing to worry about, especially if you intend to take it with you.

It’s recommended that you take one to two capsules, once or twice per day, with food. However, it is very flexible and can meet a variety of needs for the people taking it. For example, if you’re traveling, you should take four capsules per day, spread out throughout the day, and continue for at least a week after you’re done with traveling. Or, if you’re also taking antibiotics along with this probiotic supplement, you should take at least four capsules per day, and continue for no less than two weeks after you’re done taking the antibiotics. Another very good thing about this probiotic is that it’s safe for kids, but you should only give children under 12 half of the adult dose.

As far as the specific intake of the capsules, you can either take them in the capsule form they come in, or open them up and sprinkle them on food, or even mix them with water. This makes things much easier for children or people who have problems with swallowing pills.

Some potential downsides to this product may include the fact that it has milk and soy, which might be potential allergy concerns. Also, there are 14 different probiotic strains, which might mean that they compete with each other and don’t achieve the desired effect.

There exists an opportunity for side effects if this probiotic isn’t used right. While taking this product, I was left with a horrible stomach ache when I started out taking a lot of capsules but started to feel better after my first week. In general, I believe Garden of Life Primal Defense Ultra is an excellent probiotic which supplies a good selection of strains and possible health benefits for those wanting daily digestive aids or with stomach ailments.

Ingredients Profile:

The Bio-Kult Advanced Probiotic has around 2 billion cells per capsule, in 14 different probiotic strains.

Of those that should definitely be mentioned are Lactobacillus acidophilus, which is among the best possible strains to include in such a product, and has been used in numerous research studies effectively. It successfully relieves symptoms from IBS, Crohn’s disease, gut dysbiosis and lactose intolerance. It’s also been shown to help with boosting the immune function, preventing traveler’s diarrhea and treating yeast infections. There are also situations where it has been shown that it’s beneficial with helping balance out the body’s bacteria levels, especially if you’re taking an antibiotic along with it.

There is one that isn’t very good, though, and that one is Lactobacillus casei. Why I don’t like this one is because it is fairly aggressive, and it sometimes happens that it overruns other probiotics that have taken up specific areas in your body. However, there is good reason for including this strain, and that is the fact that it helps reduce allergies, improves cholesterol levels and boosts the immune function.

Allergy Concerns:

The only potential allergy concerns might be milk and soy, which is somewhat of a bummer, since there are many people who have issues with these specific allergies. However, the manufacturer states that it only has trace amounts, and at a level that wouldn’t affect any lactose intolerance sufferers.

It’s free of other allergens, such as fish, shellfish, peanuts, egg, gluten, yeast or corn, which is a very good thing. And, to add up to that, it’s also non-GMO, vegetarian, and free of any artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

Cost/Worth:

The current prices for this product are $48.81 for 120 capsules ($0.40 per capsule) or $99.54 for 180 capsules ($0.55 per capsule). The cheaper option actually gives you more bang for your buck, and depending on how many capsules you take per day, can go from $0.40 to $1.60 per day. However, you’ll most likely be on the cheaper end, which is below the average asking price.

Side Effects:

This is the best part of the probiotic – it has absolutely no side effects. Other products tend to give you stomach pains or bloating, but you won’t experience any of these with the Bio-Kult Advanced Probiotics. Since it has quite a high amount of live bacteria, you might have some mild stomach pain or bloating during the first few days, but it will be gone before you know it.