WHAT IS UDO’S CHOICE® CHILDREN’S PROBIOTIC? Part of our multiple award-winning collection of age-specific probiotics, Udo’s Choice Children’s Probiotic is a medicinal blend of seven human-adapted (aka resident or non-transient), child-specific live probiotics. This special blend provides parents and care providers with a safe and effective high-potency source of probiotics that naturally live and thrive in the healthy digestive tract of children.
WHAT ARE PROBIOTICS AND WHAT DO THEY DO? The human body is a walking ecosystem: There are ten times more microbial cells living on the surfaces of our bodies — both inner and outer — than there are human cells.(1) Also known as ‘friendly’ bacteria, the probiotics that live in our digestive tract protect us from harmful bacteria. In addition, they help with digestion; make vitamins (B and K) and short chain fatty acids; stimulate the protective ‘mucin’ secretion in the gut lining; and break down cholesterol and toxins in our bowel. But their wide-ranging health effects extend beyond our GI tract, affecting our immune system, the liver and brain, the weight management system, and more.(2) Our very survival depends on them.
WHY ARE PROBIOTIC SUPPLEMENTS IMPORTANT FOR HEALTH? Throughout the human life cycle, the GI tract microbiome usually maintains a mutually beneficial relationship with its host. However, many factors can reduce and negatively affect the number of friendly bacteria in a child’s gut: infection and other illness; antibiotics; birth by c-section; formula-feeding; cooked and hyper-processed foods; a fiber-poor diet; chlorinated water; inadequate sleep; medications; and stress, to name some.(3)
A reduced number of beneficial bacteria leaves your child vulnerable to harmful bacteria that can overpopulate, creating an unbalanced state known as intestinal dysbiosis. Left untreated, symptoms of dysbiosis can become chronic and lead to bigger health concerns.(4) By restoring a disrupted gut balance, probiotic supplements keep various ‘bad’ bacteria in check and promote the functional state of the GI tract and its far-reaching metabolic, immunological, nutritional, and psychological effects.*(5,6,7,8,9)
WHAT MAKES UDO’S CHOICE CHILDREN’S PROBIOTIC SO SPECIAL? Our pioneering work with our Udo’s Choice® probiotic blends started in the 1990s when we introduced the first-ever line of age-specific probiotics. Because we care about results, we tailored this high-potency formula to the specific needs of children, since the types and amounts of probiotics found in a healthy gut change over the life cycle. And, like people, probiotics work better in teams, which is why we chose to use blends of strains.
All of our Udo’s Choice probiotics are human-adapted (or HA). Unlike the transient (aka non-resident) dairy- and plant-derived bacteria widely marketed, our HA probiotic strains successfully implant and colonize the human digestive tract for up to two weeks. Why? HA strains survive strong stomach acid and bile, reaching the intestinal tract at full potency. Transient probiotics are far less effective.
Udo’s Choice probiotics deliver: When compared to four other well-known brands by an independent research group, the measured viable cells of Udo’s Choice ‘stood out from the rest numerically and statistically’, and ‘Udo’s Choice was the only brand for which the number of viable bacteria recovered met the recommendations for daily dosage of a probiotic regimen’.(10) No other company makes probiotics like we do.
4 years & older
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Minimum 5 billion viable cells per capsule at time of manufacture; 3 billion at date of expiry.
Udo’s Choice® Children’s Probiotic blend contains the following human-adapted medicinal probiotic strains: Lactobacillus casei HA-108 (30%†); Lactobacillus rhamnosus HA-111 (25%†); Lactobacillus acidophilus HA-122 (20%†); Lactobacillus plantarum HA-119 (10%†); Lactobacillus fermentum HA-179 (5%†); Bifidobacterium bifidum HA-132 (5%†); Bifidobacterium breve HA-129 (5%†). Non-medicinal ingredients: potato starch, silicon dioxide (to keep dry/ prevent damage to probiotics), ascorbic acid (as an antioxidant), stearic acid and hydroxypropyl methylcellulose. Encapsulated in plant-based capsules.
Take 1-3 capsules daily, with or after meals. For best results: In nature, probiotics naturally cover the fresh, raw foods we eat, with their benefits starting in the mouth when we chew foods. Because heat destroys probiotics, cooking and processing foods destroys them, in addition to farming practices such as the use of chemicals. To get the most benefit throughout the entire digestive tract, mix the contents of one capsule into smoothies or juice, or into (not hot) foods. Mixed into foods, probiotics benefit your entire digestive tract – including mouth and esophagus – that swallowing capsules will miss. Additionally, the probiotic capsule can be emptied directly into the mouth and swished around to coat the inside of the mouth (swallow but do not rinse).
Always keep refrigerated. At your local health food store or supermarket, you will always find it in the cooler. Refrigeration ensures maximum potency and stability of live bacterial cells, and guarantees number of cells listed at date of expiration on the label. Freeze to increase stability and prolong potency. For each day without refrigeration (at room temperature), about 1% of the viable cells will be lost.
60 vegetarian capsules