By Amy Gorin, MS, RDN
No doubt you want to be taking the highest-rated probiotics. Find out about the best probiotics for women and more, plus benefits of taking probiotics.
Finding the highest-rated probiotic supplements for anyone in your household, let alone women, can be difficult. To make the process much easier, use this list of the best probiotics for your health recommended by the experts.
So which are the top probiotics that you should consider? I'm here to give you a super brief primer on this to hopefully make your decision making all that much easier!
What You Need to Know About Choosing a Probiotic
I love nutritious foods like broccoli, bananas, and eggs. Even when I take a break from eating totally healthy (like for my recent engagement party!), I pretty much always return to my nutritious routine at the next meal.
As a dietitian, that probably doesn't
come as a surprise to you. But even if I'm eating healthy every day and taking vitamins to prevent having a nutritional deficiency, I still
may not be getting everything I need. This is where supplements come in, to fill in any gaps.
For example, it can be hard to get enough probiotics through food. And even if you regularly consume probiotic-offering fermented foods like Greek yogurt, kefir, and unpasteurized sauerkraut, you may not be reaching for those foods daily. Additionally, you may need a specific type of probiotic for certain health benefits.
Yup, there are top supplements for gastrointestinal health, immune health, and even vaginal health! Gone are the days of grabbing a supplement off the shelf and calling it a day. With all the options out there, it's easy to feel overwhelmed.
And similarly, specific probiotics exist to help gut health and your digestive system (including infectious diarrhea, women's health, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, your immune system, and even ulcerative colitis. Read on to find out which beneficial bacteria have the best probiotic strains for you. We could all stand to boost immunity right around now–right?!
There are shelf stable as well as refrigerated probiotics. Both types contain live cultures.
The Top Probiotics Out There
Choosing supplements and top vitamin brands can be overwhelming, and probiotics are no exception. With good bacteria options for infants, children, women, and more, it can be hard to know if you're picking the best one for you and your family.
To help simplify the process, I wrote this primer for ReadersDigest.com of dietitians' favorite probiotic brands.
Here are a few of the top picks:
The Best Probiotics for Women
Not only do you want to put your trust in the right probiotic brand, you also want to pick the type of probiotic to properly suit your needs.
One size definitely doesn't fit all, and it's possible you may need more than one type of probiotic. I feature a dozen or so of the best probiotics for women in this ReadersDigest.com article. Want to learn more about the health benefits of probiotics?
More Probiotics Intel
Want more info on probiotics? Check out these posts for more information:
Amy's Probiotic-Rich Recipe to Try
Make this recipe: Greek Yogurt Parfait!
No matter what probiotic supplements you're taking, it's a good idea to eat food sources, too. Greek yogurt is one my personal go-tos.
To make sure you're eating a yogurt with probiotics, check that either the container or the product's website states that it's made with probiotics. Then whip up this yogurt parfait! Like more savory flavors? Try this yogurt veggie dip.
This blog post was updated in December 2020.
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I'd love to hear from you! What are the highest-rated probiotic supplements that are already part of your routine?
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