By Amy Gorin, MS, RDN
Want to know probiotics FAQ about your daily probiotic supplement? Here are answers to all your burning questions about digestive health supplements, probiotics, and prebiotics!
Thanks to Fortify™ Probiotics for sponsoring this blog post. All opinions are my own, as always!
I recently surveyed my readers, asking everyone their biggest questions about probiotics. What you all most wanted to know: Can you take multiple probiotics at once? So here I am, to address your curiosity!
Why You’d Consider Many Types of Probiotics
When you hear about probiotics and their potential health benefits, you likely hear about many marvelous things. These might include digestive health benefits, immune system health benefits—and even vaginal health benefits from particular strains of bacteria.* It’s even possible to get stress support benefits from probiotics.*
And of course, some dietary supplements contain multiple strains of probiotics. But what if you want those everyday probiotic benefits as well as other probiotic perks for stress, mood, and more?* That’s what I’m addressing here today.
Can You Take Several Types of Probiotics?
The short answer to this question: Yes, you can!
Are you relieved? I touched base with Wendy Dahl, PhD, associate professor of nutritional sciences at the University of Florida (my alma mater!). “For many intended health benefits, probiotics are strain specific,” she says. “For instance, not all probiotics work for a specific outcome. So more than one probiotic may be needed to achieve more than one health benefits.”
Here are a few probiotics products that offer specific benefits from different strains of probiotics:
This combination of probiotics and prebiotics offers a few varieties of probiotic supplements: 35 billion for everyday use, 90 billion for women, and 100 billion for advanced care. The product features several different probiotics—including HOWARU® Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001™(1) and Bifidobacterium lactis Bl-04®—for digestive and immune health benefits.* It also boasts HOWARU Bifidobacterium lactis HN019™, the doctor-preferred probiotic strain for regularity! *++. And you get blue agave inulin, chicory root, and gum acacia fiber as prebiotics, food sources for good bacteria.* (2)
Fortify Targeted Care Mood & Stress
A probiotic that can help your mood?* Yes, please! This product may help reduce stress, promote emotional wellbeing, and support digestive health all at once.* It does so with different strains of probiotics: The probiotic includes the Lactobacillus helveticus Rosell® 52ND and Bifidobacterium longum Rosell 175 probiotic strains for emotion wellbeing benefits—and to support your body’s physical and emotional response to stress.* The supplement also contains 250 milligrams of Ashwagandha to help normalize your body’s response to stressors.*
Fortify Targeted Care Digestive Complete
Here’s a probiotic supplement that not only helps promote healthy digestive function but also helps to increase nutrient absorption.* How so? The probiotic features a blend of Lactobacilli, Bifidobacteria, and digestive enzymes to provide complete support for healthy digestion.* Additionally, the digestive enzymes help promote your body’s digestion of fats, carbohydrates, and proteins.* The enzymes work in a really cool way. They release nutrients from food, which helps important nutrients get absorbed within your digestive tract.*
Fortify Men’s and Women’s Probiotics
I’ve talked about men’s probiotic supplements and women’s probiotics in great detail in past blog posts. These products are fantastic if you’re looking for specific benefits, such as for vaginal health or men’s health.* The great thing about these probiotics is you can rotate from a Women’s 30 to 50, for example, if you have changed your lifestyle or diet.
How to Take Multiple Probiotics
You might be wondering if you need to make a probiotics schedule for different probiotics that you’re taking. But don’t worry! You don’t need to make your life super complicated.
“No precautions are necessary when taking different probiotics,” explains Dahl. Phew!
You can take Fortify probiotics at any time of day, with or without food. I tell my patients, however, that it’s best to add probiotics to the same occasion every day so that taking them becomes a habit. So for instance, take them when you wake up—or with breakfast or dinner.
And if you’re a fan of fermented foods that are natural sources of probiotics—such as kefir and certain yogurts—you can absolutely eat these at the same time as you swallow your probiotics!
++ Based on an IQVIA ProVoice survey of Primary Care Physicians, HOWARU B. lactis HN019 is the Doctor preferred probiotic strain for Regularity as compared to other strains in leading Probiotic brands, 52-week sales MULO, ending 11/3/2019; December 2019.*
* These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
** The probiotic strains contained in this product are manufactured by DuPont. HOWARU® is a registered trademark of DuPont.
(1) Russo R, Edu A, De Seta F. Arch Gynecol Obstet. 2018
- (2) Biomed J. 2014 Sep-Oct;37(5):259-68.
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