Posted 7/14/2020 6:27 AM (GMT -7)
For me it isn't so important if the probiotic is refrigerated but what other crap is inserted into the powder or capsule. For example I used to find the Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG) in Culturelle to be very effective. But that was years ago before Culturelle changed the formula by adding a bunch of crap into it. Here are some studies but please note that they are over 20 years old when the probiotic was relatively “clean”.
A 1997 study of 245 adults who took LGG or placebo to prevent diarrhea when traveling to various countries showed that those who took LGG cut diarrhea risk almost in half.
A 1999 study of LGG’s ability to prevent or lessen antibiotic-associated diarrhea in children found that 26 percent who took placebo had diarrhea, compared with 8 percent who took LGG
A 2000 study involving 287 youngsters from 10 countries found that LGG reduced infectious diarrhea by a day compared with placebo.
Then about 10 years ago Culturelle stopped working for me. That was when I saw new ingredients that were not listed on the old labels. As indicated in my signature, I learned the hard way that some of these “other ingredients” shred my gut. I now also avoid VSL#3 and Align for the same reason. VSL#3 used to help me a lot.
Other ingredients in Culturelle: Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, sucrose‡, maltodextrin, sodium ascorbate, magnesium stearate, titanium dioxide (color) and silicon dioxide.