Are soil-based pro­bi­otics health­ier?

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Q:

My friend has been rav­ing about how soil-based pro­bi­otics have in­creased her en­ergy and nixed her in­di­ges­tion. I al­ready take a pro­bi­otic, but it seems like she is get­ting bet­ter re­sults. Should I switch?

A:

Pro­bi­otics con­tain­ing soil-based or­gan­isms, or SBOs, are gain­ing in pop­u­lar­ity, and for good rea­son: They con­tain bac­te­ria strains our an­ces­tors reg­u­larly came into con­tact with while work­ing in the gar­den or eat­ing wild­grown foods. To­day we’re less likely to come into con­tact with these strains— and new re­search sug­gests less ex­po­sure to SBOs may be con­nected to the re­cent rise in im­mune sys­tem dis­or­ders. What’s more, SBOs are less likely to get bro­ken down by di­ges­tive acids in the stom­ach, and one study found that SBOs are able to mul­ti­ply twice as quickly in the gut as food-based strains, so they’re more help­ful long-term.

But while SBOs pro­vide plenty of ben­e­fits, we rec­om­mend find­ing a sup­ple­ment that of­fers a va­ri­ety of soil­based and food-based strains that work to­gether to op­ti­mally pro­mote health. One we like that de­liv­ers a wide range: Gar­den of Life Pri­mal De­fense Ul­tra (Swan­sonVi­ta­mins.com).

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