Probiotics FAQ

Are all probiotic supplements basically the same?
No. Probiotic supplements can differ in the type and amount of strains used. CUSTOM PROBIOTICS formulates and supplies custom blends of highest potency and quality single and multi-strain Acidophilus and Bifidus probiotic dietary supplements, for children and adults. Different strains can have different effects. Therefore if you want to try a probiotic for a specific complaint be sure to select the specific strain that has been proven to help your particular condition.

Does it matter what probiotic strains I take?

Absolutely! There are many different strains of probiotics, but research has shown that they don’t all have the same effects. Dosage varies from person to person based on the severity of their situation. These dosages vary from 25 billion cfu’s per day up to 800 billion cfu’s per day. Low dosage probiotics will have limited health benefits. You will need a higher potency in order to achieve the desired results. Many of Custom Probitic customers have used other probiotic brands with minimal results due to low potency. A starting dosage can be whatever your highest previous dosage was.

Shouldn’t I take as many probiotics as possible?

No. Studies show that the most effective daily dose of probiotics for humans is between 25 and 800 billion CFU. Consuming a high amount of probiotics doesn’t improve efficacy because in high doses much of the probiotic will not reach or cling to the intestinal wall and simply pass through the system.

What about only taking probiotics when I’m sick or before a race?

The intestine is in a constant state of replenishment and the battle between good and bad bacteria doesn’t take a day off. In order to keep a sufficient supply of probiotics in your system, daily supplementation is recommended.

Isn’t it enough to eat fermented food or yogurt?

We are all for eating fermented foods. But the difference is that in fermented foods you don’t always know the quantity or type of probiotic you are consuming. Since probiotics have strain specific effects, yogurt or kombucha are not going to have the same desired effects.

What kind of capsule do you use?

Custom Probiotics uses a patented capsule technology with targeted release to the gut. This is to ensure that you are getting the maximum potency of the probiotics since many of them can be destroyed in stomach acid.