Over the years IBS sufferers, will generally come to agree that a good probiotic is key to success.  It is generally (not always) beneficial for most symptoms of IBS.  They can be expensive and some can be a waste of money, so we have set about trying a number of the highly reviewed probitics out there to see for ourselves if they live up to their reviews.

To begin with it should be expressed that the IBS sufferer who tried these probiotics has IBS-D.  The issue is rapid and frequent motility, completely the other end of the scale to constipation.  

With that said, probiotics are one of the very few IBS products which can be beneficial to the opposing ends of the IBS symptom spectrum.  So while the review was not conducted by a constipation sufferer, that does not mean that they would not benefit others.

It must also be stipulated that we followed the manufacturers instructions and also ensured that we gave the product a chance by avoiding hot drinks and stuck to bottled water.

Garden of Life Primal Defense Ultra Ultimate

Product Description :       

Garden of Life Probiotics Formula is a whole food dietary supplement. Delivers 15 Billion probiotic cells daily; broad spectrum protection with HSOs; and rapid release and delivery. UltraZorbe 100-percent vegetarian capsules. Contains no artificial colors or preservatives.<p>Probiotics (Pro = positive, biotic = life) are living microflora that play a critical role in maintaining good health. Present in many live foods but destroyed by heat processing, live probiotic cultures populate the intestinal tract where they play a positive role in digestive and immune health. Broad spectrum protection:

Primal Defense ultra is the ultimate high potency, broad spectrum probiotic formula, made with 15 billion live cells per day and 13 species of beneficial cultures including soil-based probiotics called Homeostatic Soil Organisms (HSOs).<p>HSOs play a positive role in digestive health by supporting a healthy lactic acid bacteria count and healthy pH levels in the gut. The key probiotics in Primal Defense Ultra can thrive in the toughest digestive environments and are undeterred by stomach and bile acids. Probiotic Saccharomyces Boulardii nourishes and supports healthy intestinal epithelium lining integrity, the front line for the body's defense system, and promotes healthy intestinal comfort and function. A unique blend of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium probiotics promotes regular bowel function and supports immune health. (These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. this product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.)

The Trial

Having tried quite literally hundreds of probiotic formulas over the years, we would like to think that we have become connoisseurs.  It was clear that good ones helped, however sometimes the very expensive, high dose probiotics were actually quite poor.  

Primal Defense Ultra falls quite clearly into the good category of probiotics, in fact to be fair very good.  It was a wrench to stop taking a brand which has worked very well, and to try these, however if anything this particular brand surpassed the usual. Probiotics have a tough job, reaching their desired destination in tact, however the Garden of Life product appears to have created a stable blend of bacteria that does the job intended.

Traditional symptoms such as bloating and cramps were reduced, however the key factor, the IBS-D was kept under control during the course of the trial.  Overall this is product that we would highly recommend for most IBS sufferers.  As with eveyy single IBS product it will not work for all, that is always going to happen, however as the reviews show the product fares well with a large majority.  Give it a try.

Garden Of Life 4.6



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