Align/Florastor - Which is best for YOU?

When comparing Align and Florastor it is important to remember that you are comparing two very different probiotic supplements.

Align is a probiotic bacteria and Florastor is a probiotic yeast. Uusually, you are looking at two different probiotic bacteria but not in this case.

That does give Florastor one very clear cut advantage - it is not affected by antibiotics which only kill bacteria, so is a great choice if you are prescribed a course of antibiotics.

That said, the last time I needed to take antibiotics I took Align before, during and after the course with excellent results.

Florastor branding always states that it contains 250mg rather than giving cfu (which is what most of us go by) but I have found evidence in a scientific journal that the 250mg amounts to 5 billion cfu.

Align vs Florastor

Align Florastor
Probiotic Bifidobacterium infantis 35624 (also called Bifantis) Saccharomyces boulardii
Quantity in one capsule/tablet 1 billion 5 billion
Suggested daily dose gives you 1 billion 10 billion
Where does it come from Human origin Yeast found on skin of tropical fruits
Does it contain soy Ivory and green box - NO
Yellow and blue box -Trace amount
May contain trace
Does it contain lactose No Yes
Does it contain milk proteins Trace amounts No
Does it contain gluten No No
Does the capsule contain gelatin No No
Amazon Price October 2014 (prices can change daily) $19.00 $35.99
Quantity 28 50
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 constipation or thirst
Customers claim it is good for Constipation, diarrhea, digestive problems, after gall bladder surgery. IBS, acid reflux Constipation, diarrheas, IBS, digestive problems, Crohns, severe stomach acidity,
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

Helpful for acute and chronic gastrointestinal diseases Efficacy and safety of the probiotic Saccharomyces boulardii for the prevention and therapy of gastrointestinal disorders

Improvement of IBS symptoms Systematic review and meta-analysis of Saccharomyces boulardii in adult patients

Improved intestinal permeability in patients with Crohns, even though complete normalization was not achieved Influence of Saccharomyces boulardii on the intestinal permeability of patients with Crohn's disease in remission.

Relieves traveler's diarrhea and AAD Nuclear Receptor Signaling, and Anti-Inflammatory Pathways

Although these two each contain different quantities of cfu it is important to remember that each contains the appropriate quantity of bacteria/yeast for healing.

These are two heavyweights in the world of probiotic supplements. Both have a ton of research done on them - far more than most probiotics.

Of real relevance is the fact that the research done has been done on the actual supplement that you buy. I can't stress how important this is.

So often, research is done on the strain of bacteria or yeast but not the the actual supplement that the end consumer will buy.

There is clear difference in price between the two (not comparing the same quantity so difference is not as much as it looks) but if you get relief from your symptoms then that probably is not an issue.

Both are available online at Amazon.

Align Digestive Care Probiotic Supplement

Florastor - 50 count, 250mg

Or if you live in the UK from your local Amazon below.

Align B. Infantis 35624 Probiotic Supplement 28 Count

Florastor - 50 count, 250mg