My neighbor who taught me the value of probiotics, tried mine (pictured below... the Nature's Bounty brand) and she told me she actually didn't get the same results she was used to getting, with the brand she normally takes. She said her brand is somehow stronger (something about the way they grow it). I asked her for the name of the brand so I could share it with you guys, and this is the type she got. I have not tried it but she said it's really good. If someone is at risk for encephalopathy I think the should get the strongest stuff possible, and I believe this is it:
|Dr. Ohhira's Probiotics Original Formula 60 capsules |
Probiotics are shown to be very helpful for all kinds of things, including hepatic encephalopathy. Unfortunately most people don't know about them, or understand how effective they are for different conditions.
If you have cirrhosis, please try probiotics. This is the one Jake is taking now:
Nature's Bounty Ultra Probiotic. He said that more than any other pill he is taking, this is the one that he notices the most positive change with. He said it helps his stomach a lot, and it greatly reduces his stomach pain.
2019 Update: Please note, I am embarrassed to admit this but I JUST NOW realized that these pills contain 20 Billion CFU, IF you take TWO OF THEM. So, that means each pill is just 10 Billion CFUs. I had no idea till now. Somehow, I missed that part on the back of the box. So, just to tell you, the amount my husband took was typically just 1-2 pills a day, but given how low it is, and given that I've seen good reviews for amounts up to 50 billion, and that in the study about cutting encephalopathy in half, they were giving more like 110 billion CFUs, I would think a person might be able to take a little more. But you would have to do your own experimenting. Please look at the article / study for yourself!
I noticed it's actually cheaper right now, to get the one with 60 capsules on Amazon ($11.10 via prime), than to get the one with 120 Capsules (which is $25.44 via Prime right now). More isn't always necessarily more expensive.
If you have a costco membership, it comes on sale about every 4 months. We get it there when it's on sale (if it's not on sale, it's cheaper through Amazon).
This is a link for the article that is pasted below. Thank you Daniel Keller for writing it!
If you REALLY want a lot of different strains of probiotics, you can try Dr. Mercola's brand, he has a LOT of varieties in his capsules. You can see more about his probiotics on THIS PAGE. I am probably going to buy at least 1 bottle of this brand, and use his capsules as a "starter" when I make my own cultured probiotics.
30 Day Supply:
Dr. Mercola Complete Probiotics 70 Billion CFU - 30 Capsules
90 Day supply:
Dr. Mercola Complete Probiotics - 90 Day Supply - Probiotic Supplement - 70 Billion CFU - Acid & Bile Resistant - Promotes Digestive Health and Supports Immune System
Probiotics Cut Risk for Hepatic Encephalopathy in Half
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