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What are the Different Kinds of Probiotic Products?

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Probiotics are considered by many to be essential for good health. Luckily, the number of probiotic products available for consumers is very broad. Yogurt contains some of the highest amounts of naturally occurring probiotics, along with tempeh, a meat-substitute created from soybeans. Those who are unable to eat these or other probiotic-containing foods may still be able to get high doses in their diet by choosing probiotic supplements, which typically can be found at most pharmacies. These products typically do not need a doctor's prescription for purchase.

Yogurt is one of the most commonly found probiotic products. Typically, yogurt contains high amounts of lactobacillus acidophilus, though other types of probiotics may also be present including bifidobacteria and streptococcus thermophilus. These specific types of probiotics not only aid in maintaining proper digestion, but can also be important in the prevention of certain conditions, including yeast and bacterial infections. When choosing between yogurts that contain probiotics, individuals are typically encouraged to look for products that contain the probiotics in the highest amounts. In most cases, this information should be printed on the side of the yogurt container, along with other relevant nutritional information.

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Tempeh is another of the most common probiotic products. A meat substitute that is typically made from soybeans, and like yogurt, tempeh's probiotics are found naturally in the food. Tempeh is a great option for vegetarians who do not eat dairy, as they can still consume high amounts of probiotics without straying from their diet. In most cases, tempeh can be found at grocery or health food stores. In some of the more rural locations, individuals who are interested in purchasing tempeh may have to do so over the internet. Tempeh typically comes in a wide range of flavors, making it a great choice for those with specific tastes.

Probiotic products also commonly include supplements. For some, probiotic supplements are the best option, especially if they cannot eat a particular food in which it is naturally found. In most cases, probiotic supplements can be found at grocery stores or pharmacies, and can be purchased over-the-counter without a prescription. As when purchasing yogurt, those buying probiotic supplements should buy the product that offers the highest amount of the probiotics. In addition, studies have found that when used in supplemental form, products that are kept refrigerated prove to be more effective than those which are kept on a shelf.

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