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On what factors do the quality of a probiotic depend?

Michael T. Murray, ND
Naturopathic Medicine

Numerous analyses of commercially available probiotic supplements indicate that there is a tremendous range of quality. The quality of probiotic supplements depends on two main factors: (1) the characteristics of the strains contained in the supplement and (2) adequate viability, so that sufficient numbers of bacteria are viable at the point of consumption. Viability at consumption depends on a number of factors, such as proper manufacturing and the hardiness of the strain, as well as packaging and storage of the product in the right amount of moisture and at the correct temperature.

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