Just what is the difference between Align and Culturelle probiotic supplements? You won't believe how many times I've been asked that!
So I'm lining the Align probiotic and Culturelle up against each other in a duel. May the best supplement win!
In a 2010 study one scientist claimed that these two probiotics have more solid research behind them than any other single strain probiotic supplements so it is good that you have narrowed your search to these two.
Align and Culturelle are probably the two most commonly know probiotic supplements so it is important to understand the differences between them.
The most important point to remember is that each of these supplements contain a different probiotic.
|Probiotic||Bifidobacterium infantis 35624 (also called Bifantis)||Lactobacillus GG, Inulin (prebiotic)|
|CFU in one capsule/tablet||1 billion||10 billion|
|Suggested daily dose gives you||1 billion||10 billion|
|Where does it come from||Human origin||Human origin|
|Does it contain soy||Ivory and green box - NOYellow and blue box -Trace amount||No|
|Does it contain lactose||No||No|
|Does it contain milk proteins||Trace amounts||Trace amounts|
|Does it contain gluten||No||No|
|Does the capsule contain gelatin||No||-|
|Amazon Price April 2015 (prices can change daily)||$24.00||$18.19|
|Is it proven to survive stomach acid||Yes||Yes|
|Is it proven to adhere||Yes||Yes|
|Are there any possible side effects||Mild short term bloating or gas||Mild short term bloating or gas|
|Customers claim it is good for||Constipation, diarrhea, digestive problems, after gall bladder surgery. IBS, acid reflux||Constipation, diarrhea, lactose intolerant, colitis, digestive problems, reduces gas, acid reflux|
|Clinical studies show||Effective in reducing pain in IBS The probiotic Bifidobacterium infantis 35624 displays visceral antinociceptive effects in the rat Treating both individual and global IBS symptoms Bifidobacterium infantis 35624: a novel probiotic for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome Beneficial effects in adults with irritable bowel syndrome Probiotics in allergy management Improvement of IBS symptoms The utility of probiotics in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome: a systematic review Relieves many of the symptoms of IBS at doseage of 1 billion cfu Efficacy of an encapsulated probiotic Bifidobacterium infantis 35624 in women with irritable bowel syndrome Improved immune defence Commensal-induced regulatory T cells mediate protection against pathogen-stimulated NF-kappaB activation Improved immune defence Functional modulation of human intestinal epithelial cell responses by Bifidobacterium infantis and Lactobacillus salivarius||Reduces the incidence of gastrointestinal symptoms and gut permeability in patients with atopic dermatitis Probiotics in allergy management Reduces abdominal pain of IBS in children A Randomized Controlled Trial of Lactobacillus GG in Children With Functional Abdominal Pain Useful in the treatment of antibiotic-associated diarrhea in children Probiotics for the prevention of antibiotic-associated diarrhea and Clostridium difficile diarrhea|
As you can see there is little difference in most areas. The major differences are cfu and the fact that they are 2 different probiotics.
For me, the amount of cfu is not an issue. They each contain amounts that worked in the studies done on them. Align helped with IBS even when taken at a lower amount than in their capsule.
Price - well that is up to you to decide. If a supplement improves your health it is cheap and if it doesn't, it is too expensive!
So which should you take?
I can't tell you and anyone who claims they can is misleading you.
Both of these well researched probiotics have helped some people with their health problems.
Both have also failed to help some people.
It really does come down to your individual microbiological balance.
Try one, whichever one just "feels" better to you, and if it helps great, stick with it - but if it doesn't, try the other.
Both are available at Amazon.
Or if you live in the UK:
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