14882238_676215032536442_302455127841488343_oIn my MySmart Start to a vibrant Life program, I talk about the importance of Gut Health. You have 100 Trillion gut bacteria10 times more than the cells in your body. Let me explain the why we need Gut Bacteria. Bacteria have the reputation of causing unwanted infections, but certain types of bacteria offer a number of health benefits. Beneficial bacteria are called probiotics, meaning “for life.” They can help protect against infections, offer skin and oral health benefits, and aid in digestion.

In addition to the naturally existing probiotics found in our body, supplemental probiotics can also offer health benefits.

While probiotics have known benefits, there are many factors to consider when choosing a specific probiotic supplement.

First, note that different probiotic products utilize different bacteria strains. Numerous probiotic strains are available, many of which have very little to no clinical data regarding their benefit or physiological activity.

Second, stability is a huge problem with most strains of bacteria. Shelf-life for most strains is very short and many strains need refrigeration. Even refrigerated products can have poor viability and very short shelf-lives. In addition, many strains that have good data in culture or in vitro show no viability when exposed to the actual human digestive process. If a strain does not make it through digestion all the way to the intestine to colonize, its benefit is questionable.

The Probiotic product I recommend has two strains that have extensive clinical and human data to support benefit and viability. Most commonly used strains do not.

Additionally, this particular proprietary blend has proven to be ultimately stable at room temperature. In both in-house and third-party testing we have been able to corroborate the manufacturer’s claim of 18-month stability.

The bacterial strains used in my profiotic have numerous human trials to prove viability and benefit in humans. And, with better stability than other products on the market, the majority of other probiotic products cannot measure up to the overall quality and effectiveness of USANA Probiotic. 

From USANA Ask the Scientist


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