Last week for Myth Monday, we shared myths #1 and #2 about probiotics. This week, we’re expanding to our list. Read on for Probiotic Myths #3 and #4!
Myth #3 You need a probiotic with at least 15 different strains
Absolutely false. Most probiotic studies are done with a single strain and there has never been a study that shows that more is better. With probiotics the quality of the strain is far more important than quantity. You are better off using a product with 3-4 strains where the synergy of the formula has been tested and verified than a product with 15-20 strains in it.
When companies throw together these “kitchen sink“ type of formulations with dozens of strains, they often have to use cheaper and lower quality strains to keep costs down. In addition, these are bacteria – they have no idea if these cocktails will be synergistic or if the bacteria will actually compete with one another. So don’t be fooled by inflated labels that have dozens of stains, look for products that can speak to studies showing synergy in their formulations.
Therefore look for probiotics with valid studies attached to it.
Myth #4. You need to rotate your probiotics to create diversity and maintain efficacy
False. The idea of rotating probiotics originated from the realization that many probiotics stop working after a month or two of use – the reason being that most probiotics are too weak to cause any lasting change in the gut. Instead of trying to “surprise” the gut with a new probiotic cocktail every month, you’re much better off finding an effective probiotic and sticking with it.
A truly effective probiotic will not stop working after 1-2 months of taking it. As an example, known protective probiotics like bacillus spores will continue to protect your gut from daily assaults as you keep taking them. Their effect doesn’t go away after taking them for 1-2 months.
Stay tuned next week for Myths #5 and #6!!