Acidophilus pills, capsules, pearls, freeze-dried powders, granules, drinks - you can get this probiotic bacteria in a multitude of ways, either on its own or mixed with other probiotics.
If it is mixed with other probiotic bacteria then the important thing is to see how much of the acidophilus bacteria you get in the supplement rather than the total number of bacteria.
Complete Probiotics multi probiotic capsule containing 60 billion total cfu, 20 billion of which are acidophilus
Mercola's Complete Probiotics is my pick for best acidophilus pills for a number of reasons
Made by a reputable company. This is so important. There are many companies getting in on the probiotic bandwagon that wouldn't know a probiotic if it bit them on the knee!
Have a very high number of acidophilus in the capsule. Many supplements that claim to have billions of bacteria are talking about the total number of bacteria. You do not know the number of specifically acidophilus bacteria - it could be very small. This may or may not be important to you.
However they are pricy - if you're on a budget try one of the acidophilus only supplements.
The labelling of some probiotic acidophilus pills leaves much to be desired however the choices I give below are all based on either brands that you can have confidence in or ones that have many favorable consumer reviews.
If you want to buy acidophilus pills then the first thing to decide is whether you wish to have a supplement that contains only this probiotic or whether you want one that contains other probiotics as well - a multi strain.
There is no right or wrong answer to this - it depends on what you want. For general improved health, I would suggest a multi probiotic capsule but if you want to increase just your intake of acidophilus then take the single species capsule.
If it is a multi probiotic supplement then the total cfu MAY be made up of mostly one probiotic and very little of others. Some manufacturers such as Jarrows and Natrens state the amount of each bacteria in the capsule or tablet, others don't.
Many manufacturers still refuse to state what strain of the species they use. Times are changing and more are begining to realise that consumers want this information so they can make an informed decision. I'll update this section as I find out this info.
|Product Name||Acidophilus Per Capsule||Strain Of Acidophilus||Reviews|
|Nature's Bounty Probiotic Acidophilus||100 million||not stated||Good choice if you want just acidophilus|
|Acidophilus 250 Caps||1 billion||not stated||Budget pricing|
With the supplements that contain a variety of probiotics, you need to be aware that if they don't state the amount of acidophilus that is in it (second column), then you have no idea how much you're getting.
Reviews (last column) is a highly subjective, totally unscientific (but always interesting) cruise round Amazon, Buzzillions, and various forums to find out what consumers think about various acidophilus products. And yes, sometimes there are good and bad reviews for its effectivenness on the same complaint! Do keep in mind that shipping problems reflect on the distributor not the product. Solution - purchase the same product from a different supplier.
|Product Name||Acidophilus Per Capsule||Strain Of Acidophilus||Total All Probiotics||Reviews|
|Healthy Trinity - Dairy Free||5 billion||NAS||30 billion||Good reviews for Celiac disease, acid reflux, regularity, crohn's, gas, IBS, gall bladder, toe nail fungusBad reviews for price and shipping|
|Jarro-Dophilus Original||340 milllion||R0052||3.4 billion||No info good, bad or indifferent. Does no-one still take this original formula from a top producer?|
|Jarro-Dophilus EPS||680 milllion||R0052||5 billion||Good reviews for ulcerative colitis, regularity, gas, bloating|
|Theralac||not stated||not stated||20 billion||Good reviews for IBS, regularity, colon health|
|Enzymatic Therapy - Acidophilus Pearls||not stated||not stated||1 billion||Good reviews constipation, diarrhea, IBS, yeast infection, acid stomach, Crohn's, Bad reviews IBS, constipation|
|VSL #3 Capsules||not stated||not stated||450 billion||Good reviews ulcerative colitis, small intestinal bacterial overgrowthBad review shipping and refund|
|Nutrition Now - Pb 8 Acidophilus||not stated||not stated||14 billion||Good reviews for uti, yeast, digestive problems Bad review ulcerative colitis, yeast|
|Garden of Life Primal Defense HSO Probiotics Formula||not stated||not stated||not stated||Good reviews IBS, yeast infection, immune problems|
|Probiotic Gut Buddies Forte 60 Vege-capsules||10 billion||La-14||2 billion||Can't find much info on results|
The following strains have all been researched in one or more medical studies.
It's extra good to see one of these strains in your acidophilus pills but even if it isn't, it will still be a lactic acid bacteria and taking more of them is good.
If you live in the UK and would prefer to buy acidophilus pills locally - you have not been forgotten!
Health Plus Acidophilus Probiotic contains 40 million cfu of L acidophilus
Solgar Advanced 40+ Acidophilus contains 300 million cfu of La5 strain of acidophilus.