Well; according to the "Holland and Barrett" web site, Gut Power is 50+ billion live friendly bacteria, along with calcium which contributes to the normal function of the digestive enzymes in our bodies.
Well its not clear if each capsule contains 50 billion bacteria or if the pack of 30 capsules contains 50 billion.
In comparison a 4oz pot of live yoghurt will contain at least 12.5 Billion live bacteria (and pretty much the same sorts as "Gut Powder"), and a load of calcium and other minerals and vitamins.(Most yoghurt sold in the UK is ‘live’).
the National Yoghurt Association in the United States, requires 100 million bacteria per gram in products that carry the Live and Active Cultures seal.
500g Asda natural yoghurt £0.90.
Holland and Barrett "Gut Power £22.99
Its up to you, but I know what I am buying.
Although the probiotic companies claimed many health benefits for many years, now they have changed their advertising in Europe as the European Food Safety Authority ruled that not all these pieces of evidence are yet there.
James Kinross at Imperial College London who is studying this complex subject. He agrees that it is now known that whilst you are taking probiotic products, the live bacteria from them seem to survive the stomach and make it to the rest of the gut. However, it seems that when you stop taking them, they get flushed out of the system. He does recommend them for some of his patients who have conditions such as infective diarrhoea or irritable bowel syndrome, but he says that the evidence for them generally boosting the health of people without such conditions is lacking.
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