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Mercola Complete Probiotics • Review and Best Price

Dr. Mercola Complete Probiotics Review
Date Published: 04/30/2013
One of the best probiotic supplements I've ever tested. It packs 70-90 billion! “gut-friendly” bacteria from 10 different bacteria strains in every serving making it highly potent. I've used this supplement for two years and I'm very pleased with the health promoting effects. I've had a troublesome gut with inflammations, constipation, pain and other symptoms and I can feel when I'm on a high quality supplement like this. I've also used this supplement as a starter culture for my fermented vegetables with excellet results.
5 / 5 stars
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I’ve tried many probiotics supplements before I decided to try this one from Dr. Mercola; I don’t regret I did. Dr. Mercola is known to produce high quality vitamins and supplements that has become very popular and Dr. Mercola’s Complete Probiotics has received much praise from consumers.

As Dr. Mercola is a strong promoter for natural bacteria and fermented foods, he has become a real “Dr. Probiotics.” In any case, I decided to test Dr. Mercola’s product to see for myself how good it really is.

Dr. Mercola Complete Probiotics Review and Test Results

The claims are that Dr. Mercola sticks to the highest principles when producing his supplements and that he only includes the best and most potent ingredients and in sufficient quantity. Is this true with his probiotic supplement and does it have any positive effect on you gut?

  • After using Dr. Mercola’s probiotics supplement for two years I conclude that this is one of the best probiotic supplement I’ve ever tried. Why do I say this?

First, it contains a high number of bacteria compared to many other probiotic supplements on the market. Dr. Mercola also includes an impressive number of different bacteria strains; one of which I had never tried before—the DDS-1.

I noticed that to reach maximum benefits, I had to take the supplement daily for some time; for me it took one or two months to reach optimal effect. But I’ve also had problems with my gut for many years.

  • One pleasant effect was than my stomach became much more stable and bowel movement more regular. I was just a pleasant feeling of comfort in my gut that seem to work much better than before.
  • Amazingly, some of my most stubborn symptoms disappeared completely; bloating, pain, constipation have bothered me much in the past, but not any more.
  • Another interesting “side effect” was weight loss. Even though this was not my goal taking a probiotics supplement, but after some months I had dropped a few pounds without changing my diet.

All these positive effects prompted me to engage in a healthier diet; I started eating more raw food, less meat and skipped processed foods altogether. This helped me to return to the shape I used to have in my twenties, it was rally amazing! I’m not saying this is what you will experience, but it does show that this supplement truly works, especially if you combine it with a healthy diet. Of course, each individual is different and therefore you just have to try and see how it works for you.

But as far as quality is concerned, I can just say that Dr. Mercola’s probiotic supplement really works very well.

Using Dr. Mercola Probiotics as starter culture

When fermenting vegetables or sauerkraut at home, using a starter culture makes the process faster, more stable and will contain many more probiotic bacteria strains that if you stick to wild fermentation. Wild fermentation means just letting natural bacteria, yeast and enzymes present in the vegetables to get to work. However, using a starter culture makes things much easier.

Dr. Mercola’s probiotics is excellent as a starter culture. It contains the right composition of probiotic bacteria and will produce fermented vegetables containing a very high number of beneficial bacteria—10 trillion bacteria in four to six ounces of fermented vegetables. That’s extremely much! Using Dr. Mercola probiotics capsules also creates high vitamin K2 contents. It therefore seems that Dr. Mercola probiotics is one of the best starter cultures available. Use two capsules for every quart of vegetables you’re fermenting.

I’ve also tried to use Dr. Mercola Probiotics to ferment raw milk into a yogurt-like drink. It worked marvelously; tuned out fresh, creamy and could be kept in the fridge for a week. From this first batch you can continue using the same bacteria for a few more batches. But you have to be careful on how to do this.

How much will Dr. Mercola Probiotics cost you?

As to cost per capsule, you get a lot for your money. The recommended daily serving is two capsules containing 70-90 billion CFU. However, I noticed that after taking two capsule for some months I was able to go down to one capsule per day and still get the desired effect. Each capsule contains 35-45 billion bacteria from 10 different strains. This is very high and if you decide to take only one capsule per day, the price gets even more attractive.

I’ve also tried to take this supplement for a month or two and then stop and wait for a month and then start again. This seems to work very well with my stomach and can lower the cost if you’re budget is limited. You can also try to eat more fermented vegetables and yogurt. But the capsules are very convenient to use.

If you buy the larger bottle with 180 capsules, you’ll pay about 40 cents per capsule (As of April 2013). Considering the many health benefits, this is a great investment.

Dr. Mercola Probiotics Packs for children

To make it easier to take for children (and others who dislike capsules) to take, Dr. Mercola has prepared packs that you can just open and swallow. These are much simpler that swallowing big capsules; many people dislike capsules.Probiotics for children

The packs also has a great taste that will please children; lemon, strawberry and raspberry. The packs are as powerful as the capsules. Therefore, the same applies to children as to adults—observe how your child reacts to probiotics and adjust the dose accordingly. It might be wise to start off slow.

  • Each pack contains 66 billion CFU.
  • 11 different probiotic bacteria strains
  • Travel ready; easy to bring along when on the go
  • Comes in different tastes—lemon, raspberry and strawberry (the taste is really great!)

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In depth information on Dr. Mercola’s Complete Probiotics

Lactobacillus acidophilus DDS-1

Lactobacillus acidophilus DDS-1 is the name of this highly effective strain of beneficial bacteria. There are other strains of Lactobacillus acidophilus out there, but without the extension DDS-1 specificity. This strain has some unique properties.

It has been found that the DDS-1 strain possesses vital properties important to human health. Research at a major Midwestern university showed how DDS-1 enhanced human health because it colonized well in the human gut.

Other studies suggest DDS-1 can be effective toward enhancing human health because it…

  • adapts well to the human body because of its human origin
  • is acid and bile resistant for intestinal survival
  • helps promote your digestive health
  • aids in supporting your immune system
  • contributes to the good balance of your intestinal flora
  • produces significant quantities of lactase to potentially aid in lactose intolerance challenges

It would seem that Lactobacillus acidophilus DDS-1 is an important and necessary strain in any effective probiotic supplement. Without it, I believe you’re not maximizing the potential of using probiotic supplements.

But it’s one thing to just explain how DDS-1 potentially enhances your health. It’s another to provide examples of clinical trials and research that provide compelling evidence.

Over the years, several studies have demonstrated the diverse effectiveness of DDS-1 and help validate its potential use as a probiotic. Here are a few examples.

  • In 2010 a major Midwestern University and prestigious health center conducted a review of case studies to determine whether using a multispecies probiotic with DDS-1 could enhance bowel health. The results? After 60 days of treatment, most subjects showed significant improvement in abdominal health, bloating and occasional elimination irregularities. This study suggests that DDS-1 may help create a healthy balance of microflora in the gastrointestinal tract.
  • From Gut (2003) – DDS-1 helped to support the health of human epithelial cell lines when evaluated as part of a probiotic blend.
  • (1997) – In animal research, isolated evaluation of DDS-1 supported the normal production of immune components. DDS-1 performed this better than three other strains of Lactobacillus acidophilus or Bfidobacterium bifidum.

Dr. Mercola Complete Probiotics Product Features

  • Helps maintain blood pressure levels in the normal range
  • Packs 70-90 billion! “gut-friendly” bacteria in every serving
  • Aids in the breakdown and removal of harmful toxins
  • Provides critical support for your immune system health
  • Promotes an optimal environment for the growth of good bacteria
  • Contains specific super-strain Lactobacillus acidophilus DDS-1
  • Shows high potency through independent lab test
  • Works together with prebiotics for improved probiotic performance
  • Is stable at room temperature for at least 2 years
  • Is non-dairy, free from soy, corn, wheat, and gluten, and is non-GMO
  • Helps maintain a healthy flora, promotes digestion, and supports immune function
  • Adapts naturally to the human body due to its human originsDr Mercola probiotics
  • Is acid and bile resistant to naturally survive the stomach and intestinal transit
  • Produces natural enzymes, vitamins, lactic acid, and hydrogen peroxide
  • Utilizes nitrogen packaging and is freeze-dried
  • Comes available in vegetable-based capsules
  • Is backed by academic and scientific research with patents and trademarks, and awards

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  1. Perra says

    I’ve tried Dr Mercola’s probiotic supplement for some time now and I must say it’s even better than I expected. I’ve tried some other brands before and I felt a little better. But with this I first had a detox reaction with gas and skin rashes, a little scary. But it went away after a few days. My stomach feels much better and it seem the longer I eat this supplement the better I feel. But I wonder if I should take a probiotic supplement all the time? Can it be too much?

    Thanks for a great site

    • Ken says

      Hi Perra:
      I’m happy to hear that the probiotic supplement works for you. Symptoms of detox can be varied and depends on a number of factors as amount of toxins, bad bacteria, and yeast you have in your body and how quickly your body gets rid of it. To ease symptoms just eat less probiotics. Usually a detox involves more that just taking a probiotic supplement; it involves making some dietary changes as well. For a good detox you should eat more raw food, drink more water, and include cilantro (tincture), garlic, MSM, parsil, chlorella in your diet and at the same time avoide sugar and carbs. You can also use infrared saunas and engage in intense exercise to promote an even more thorough detox. Just be aware that doing too much too fast can lead to a “healing crisis” where the detox symptoms can start to bother you too much. If they do, just slow down a little to give your body a chance to catch up.

      About your question if you can eat too much probiotics or for too long. Most research indicate that adding probiotics on a daily basis is exactly what most people need. Earlier generations ate probiotic food almost daily and in many parts of the world many still do. Sauerkraut, fermented vegetables, kimchi, fermented soybeans are eaten daily by millions without any negative side effects. In fact, those people who do include probiotics daily seem to enjoy better health. Probiotics daily keep your gut in balance, help combat virus, bacteria, and yeast infections. Beneficial bacteria train your immune system and create a perfect environment for your body to thrive. So the answer to your question is NO, you cannot eat probiotic for too long. However, people suffering from serious disease or who have a supressed immune system should consult with their physician before engaging in probiotics, detox or dramatically changing their diet.

  2. Dave says

    I am considering buying the pet version for my cat, but am concerned about the freeze dry process. Is this really as effective as the refrigerated probiotics? Does the fact that the pet version is in loose powder form and not in a capsule affect its ability to survive stomach acid. Thanks!

    • Ken says

      Hi Dave.

      This is a good question. It seems that freeze-dried probiotics may last longer than refrigerated or other powdered products. The probiotic powder product will not last as long if it is exposed to moisture as when the container is opened and closed. When composting probiotics for pets, certains strains a chosen that can survive the harsh stomach environment and reach the intestine. All dogs and cats can benefit a lot from probiotics. But they have slighty different needs, so you should get a supplement designed especially for cats. Fortiflora is a brand that seems to work well. Mercola’s Complete Probiotics for Pets is also very good, just a little more expensive.

    • Ken Silvers says

      Yes, you can store it in the fridge if you like. But the advantage with Dr. Mercola’s Complete Probiotics (and others too) is that you don’t have to keep it cool. If you keep it in room temperature, it will still keep fresh for up to two years. This is very handy, especially if you’re traveling. However, if you live in a hot climate, you might want to put it in the fridge.

    • Ken Silvers says

      Hi Kathy.

      Yes, no problem. Mixing probiotic supplements in smoothies does not harm the bacteria. You can mix it in most drinks, juices or smoothies. But hot drinks will not work as the heat will harm the beneficial bacteria. I regurlarly make my own probiotic drinks. I emtpy the probiotic capsule or pack together with some fruits, mix it and enjoy. If I add the probiotics to a vegetable drink then I will first run the vegetables through my juicer. After that I add one probiotic capsule into the juice, stir to dissolve the powder and I’m done.

  3. Victoria says almost 12 month old son got awful bacteria at 4month old and end up on antibiotics for 21 days.that together left him with a bad gut.i still breastfeed and he eats some fruits and veggies since he is 9 month old. But his solids comes out pretty much the way it goes pediatrician is not concern. But I am!very.i want him to get as much as possible from his healthy food and mommies milk.i tried probiotic(klaire labs) when he was 7 month old and that hurt his tummy almost instantly,after second day I stopped. I understand it’s part of the process (most likely) but I couldn’t explain that to my infant baby, and he can’t tell me how bad is the he is older (even thought still can’t talk) and I’m trying again.but giving him less then suggested. Today is 3th day and he developed a fever. I don’t know if it’s related (can it be?) but I’m home sitting mom and he doesn’t go public places.his stool looks the same so far. I worry. I feel like what if we have one of those rare cases where probiotic cause bacterial illness..should I continue? Also the brand you recommending it good for my baby AND me while I’m breastfeeding? What If I will take it all on me first, will my baby benefit enough thru my milk? And what do you think about the probiotic my son is taking. I’m sorry about many questions and my broken English. Thank you

    • Ken Silvers says

      Hello Victoria.

      Sorry to hear about your son’s problems. But this often happens after taking antibiotics for so long, even if the antibiotics are needed. Sometimes a child’s body might repair a damaged gut by itself, but this is rare. More often they need help to rebuild the gut and intestine microflora.

      Probiotics can be a great way to do this, but it is not the only way. However, you need to do it right. Please check the post on probiotics and babies.

      Breastfeeding is very beneficial for the child’s gut. And even better if the mother takes a probiotic supplement as it will enrich the milk.

      Adding probiotics to the child’s diet should be done very slowly. Start off by dissolving a probiotic capsule in a glass of water or juice. Then feed your son a teaspoon once every hour or so until the glass is empty. If you son complains, then give him less, if no complaints, then you add a bit more. Slowly increasing the dose will avoid most symptoms.

      Add yogurt or kefir to the diet. Mix it with banana or other fruit and berries.

      If you’re into juicing, fresh juice can be a great way to rebuild a damaged gut. Juicing apples, pears, pineapple and mixing in a little vegetables can make it tasty even for children. Fresh juice is packed with vitamins, minerals and enzymes and it is easily digested and assimilated by the digestive tract. Smoothies are similar.

      About the best probiotic supplement. Dr. Mercola is very good and so is Bio-Kult.

      Be patient! It can take a long time to repair a damaged gut, but it can be done. Be persistent, stay positive and do your own research into this subject. This will boost your confidence and support your efforts.

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