Did you know that some probiotic manufacturers use potentially dangerous strains of bacteria like Enterococcus faecalis and Bacillus subtilis to make their products?
Enterococcus faecalis has been known to cause life-threatening infections in humans, yet there are companies who use this ingredient in their formulas. If you don't believe me, then Google: Enterococcus faecalis Probiotics. I think you'll find the review near the top: "Threelac Review, The Yeast Eating Probiotic or Not?" – very interesting. Be sure to read "the dirty truth" part about halfway down. The person who wrote the article had very serious health problems that she attributes to using a probiotic with that ingredient.
Bacillus subtilis while less likely to cause marked health concerns is still not without its' ill effects. Since there are many different varieties the "safe" ones can be difficult to separate from the harmful ones. Again Google Bacillus subtilis probiotics and be sure to look at the "How safe are the Probiotics You're Taking" review near the top. What you see there may just shock you.
A lot of probiotic products contain soil based organisms which are not truly safe to use. There are a few makers of premium probiotioc supplements, whose products contain only organisms derived from human sources. Products of human origin are recognized by, and safe for our bodies. They use strains such as lactobacillus paracasei and lactobacillus acidophilus. Google those terms for probiotics – the results will be considerably different.
Independent 3rd party lab testing verifies the safety, strength and purity of premium probiotic products. I invite you to do your homework and find out if your probiotic maker is using a 3rd party lab to verify effectiveness and purity. Unless it is a paid site or endorsement, my guess is no.
Theralac, a premium probiotic supplement for example, makes finding proof of their claims fairly easy. Their quality assurance portal located at www.theralac.com/Quality.aspx will show the results of their most recent lot number 1288A when entered. I have tried this myself and found that in a 10 gram sample, the result for Enterococcus Faecalis was negative. This is significant!
Don't be fooled by a fancy ad campaign. Believe in the science! Some probiotic makers are using ingredients that aren't even recognized by the International Probiotics Association – Ingredients like the aforementioned Enterococcus faecalis and Bacillus subtilis that can do more harm than good.
Rely on science. Rely on safety. Premium probiotic supplements are of human origin and are the only truly safe products to use!