I am reading the GAPS diet book and there is a section on what are probiotics detailing them.
I have listed them and tried to summarise them. The last one is a soil bacteria which people have been questioning and interestingly Dr Campbell the author of the book considers pobiotics containing soil bacteria the most effective.
Lactobacilli: main protecting agents in the stomach and intestines.
Bifidobacteria: produce antibiotic like substances which protect the gut from pathogens maintaining gut integrity and health. They also act as a source of nourishment for the body.
Saccharomyces boulardii: a yeast effective in treating various forms of diarrhoea.
Escherichia coli (E. coli) physiological strains not pathogenic: These digest lactose produce vitamins (vitamin K & group B), amino acids,produce antibiotic-like substances and have a powerful stimulating influence on immunity.
Enterococcus faecium (Streptococcus faecalis: These live in the bowel breaking down proteins and they ferment carbohydrates.
Bacillus subtilis (soil bacteria:) has strong immune stimulating properties and is considered particularly effective with allergies and autoimmune disorders.
One thing that is emphasised is building up a dose gradually to prevent strong 'die off syptoms'
I have just bought BioKult and will be starting to take this soon so cant give an opinion on its effectiveness. I am not sure how available it is more easily over in the US I think.
Bifidobacterium 4 types
Lactobacillus 8 types
Extra ingredients: Cellulose(bulking agent), Vegetable capsule.
Also states contains traces of soya and traces of milk products at a level which would not affect lactose intolerance sufferers!
I would look for something that contains a similar selection of probiotics.
NSD almost all the way
No dairy hard cheeses occasionally and homemade ghee
Still trying to work out what makes me tick and what makes me drop