Culturelle - The Probiotic Supplement With Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG

Culturelle® is a supplement form of Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG marketed by Amerifit,Inc.

There are 8 products in 3 categories at the time of this writing :

Kids' Health:

  1. Kids' Chewables
  2. Kids' Packets
Culturelle Kids' Health Packets
Culturelle Kids' Health Chewables

Digestive Health:

  1. Digestive Health capsules
  2. Digestive Health chewables
  3. Extra-strength Digestive Health capsules
Culturelle Digestive Health Capsules
Culturelle Digestive Health Chewables

Immune Health:

  1. Health & Wellness capsules
  2. Vegetarian Health & Wellness capsules
  3. Advanced Immune Defense
Culturelle Health & Wellness Capsules
Culturelle Vegetarian Health & Wellness Capsules
Culturelle Advanced Immune Defense Capsules

What Does Culturelle Do?

All of the products contain varying amounts (CFU) of the same L. rhamnosus GG, so the health benefits are similar with each product, mainly digestive and immune systems support. Those are the 2 systems that probiotics target and this bacterium does it well!

According to Amerifit, Inc., there are over 800 scientific studies using LGG.

Coming soon! For more information on the specifics of the probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG in Culturelle, including details of what studies have shown, download "The Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG Guide."

Culturelle Kids' Health Packets

The Kids' Packets have this marketing:

  • Support a child’s health by fostering the proper balance of good bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract
  • Help support kids’ natural immune systems
  • Help reduce occasional digestive upset in kids – including diarrhea or general discomfort
  • Culturelle Kids Probiotic Packets are easy to take (especially for little ones)
  • Flavorless, so you can add your child’s probiotics to any cool liquid or food
  • Contains none of the following: gluten, dairy, lactose, milk, added colors, preservatives, yeast or soy
Culturelle Kids' Health Chewables

The Kids Chewables have this marketing:

  • Contains 100% naturally sourced Lactobacillus GG – the #1 most clinically studied probiotic
  • Helps restore the natural balance of good bacteria in your child’s digestive tract
  • Helps to keep kids healthy
  • Helps support kids’ immune systems
  • Helps reduce occasional digestive upset in kids – including diarrhea or general discomfort
  • #1 Pediatrician Recommended Probiotic Brand
  • Contains none of the following: gluten, dairy, lactose, milk, synthetic colors, preservatives, yeast, or soy
  • Kids love the great bursting berry flavor of Culturelle Kids Probiotic Chewables
Culturelle Digestive Health Capsules

The Digestive Health capsules product is marketed to:

  • Help your digestive system work better
  • Help reduce digestive upset
  • Help with occasional diarrhea
  • Help with gas and bloating
  • Support your immune system
Culturelle Digestive Health Chewables

The Digestive Health chewables product is marketed to:

  • Help your digestive system work better
  • Help reduce digestive upset
  • Help with occasional diarrhea
  • Help with gas and bloating
  • Be available in a great-tasting, sugar-free orange chewable

The Extra-Strength Digestive Health capsules have marketing that says it:

  • Is 2x the Potency of Culturelle Digestive health capsules (20 Billion CFUs per capsule)
  • Helps your digestive system work better
  • Helps reduce digestive upset
  • Helps with occasional diarrhea
  • Helps with gas and bloating
  • Supports your immune system
Culturelle Health & Wellness Capsules

The Health & Wellness capsule packages are marketed to:

  • Support the body’s natural defenses
  • Help support the immune system and general well-being
  • Help to keep you healthy
  • Restore the natural balance of good bacteria in your digestive tract where 70% of the immune system is found
  • Clinical strength
Culturelle Vegetarian Health & Wellness Capsules

The Vegetarian Health & Wellness product marketing says it:

  • Restores the natural balance of good bacteria in your digestive tract
  • Supports your healthy immune system
  • Helps to keep you healthy and strong
  • Helps your digestive system work better
  • Contains inulin (a prebiotic)
  • Is a dairy and gluten free probiotic formula
  • Has vegetarian (gelatin-free) probiotic capsules
Culturelle Advanced Immune Defense Capsules

The Advanced Immune Defense product is marketed to:

  • Help protect you and your immune system
  • Provide 24-hour immune system support
  • Be the perfect immune booster for home, work or travel
  • Be fast acting and clinically-proven ingredients
  • Be safe and effective immune support dietary supplement
  • Be an excellent source of Vitamin C and zinc
  • Boost your immune system

What are the Ingredients in Culturelle Products?

According to a representative from the manufacturer, all Culturelle products are dairy-, lactose- and milk-free and the culture is grown on a proprietary non-dairy, non-animal and non-soy medium. It is also free from the FDA's eight most common allergens.

Please note that product formulations change all the time; always read ingredients and contact the manufacturer if in doubt.

The capsules and chewables are individually wrapped to keep out light, moisture, heat and air to assure stability and potency, and the packets are individual pouches. Each product contains the guaranteed CFU at the expiration date if stored properly (below 75 degrees F and out of direct sunlight).

Some packages say that refrigeration is recommended but not required. Personally, I refrigerate all of my probiotics (except lyophilized S. boulardii) for maximum potency. So once you buy the supplement, refrigerate it if you can.

Kids' Packets (5 billion CFU):

  • Total carbs 1 g, Vitamin C 2 mg, 5 billion CFU at expiration
  • Other ingredients: Mannitol, inulin, sucrose, maltodextrin, sodium ascorbate and silicon dioxide
  • NO added colors, preservatives, dairy, lactose, milk, yeast, gluten or soy

Kids' Chewables (5 billion CFU):

  • Total carb <1 g, o g sugar, 5 mg Vitamin C, 5 billion CFU at expiration
  • Other ingredients: Xylitol, sucrose, microcrystalline cellulose, stearic acid, vegetable juice (color), maltodextrin, sodium ascorbate, natural berry flavor, magnesium stearate, citric acid, malic acid, silica
  • NO synthetic colors, preservatives, dairy, lactose, milk, yeast, wheat, gluten or soy

Digestive Health capsules (10 billion CFU):

  • 3 mg Vitamin C, 10 mg sodium, 10 billion CFU at expiration, 200 mg inulin
  • Other ingredients: Gelatin, sucrose, maltodextrin, sodium ascorbate, magnesium stearate, silica and titanium dioxide
  • NO synthetic colors, preservatives, dairy, lactose, milk, yeast, wheat, gluten or soy

Digestive Health chewables (10 billion CFU):

  • 10 mg Vitamin C, 10 billion CFU at expiration, 200 mg inulin
  • Other ingredients: Xylitol (corn or wheat), mannitol (corn or wheat), glyceryl behenate, microcrystalline cellulose, sucrose, maltodextrin, magnesium stearate, sodium ascorbate, citric acid, natural and artificial flavor
  • NO added colors, preservatives, daily, lactose, milk, yeast, soy or gluten. Meets FDA’s requirements for gluten-free.

Extra-Strength Digestive Health capsules (20 billion CFU):

  • 7 mg Vitamin C, 5 mg sodium,20 Billion CFU at expiration, 200 mg inulin
  • Other ingredients: Gelatin, sucrose, maltodextrin, colors (titanium dioxide, FD&C Red #3, FD&C Blue #1, FD&C Green #3), magnesium stearate and silicon dioxide
  • NO preservatives, dairy, lactose, milk, yeast, wheat, gluten or soy

Health & Wellness capsules (15 billion CFU):

  • 3 mg Vitamin C, 15 billion CFU’s at expiration
  • Other ingredients: Microcrystalline cellulose, gelatin, vegetable magnesium stearate, silica, titanium dioxide (color), sucrose, maltodextrin and sodium ascorbate.
  • NO synthetic colors, preservatives, dairy, lactose, milk, yeast, wheat, gluten or soy.

Vegetarian Health & Wellness capsules (10 billion CFU):

  • 3 mg Vitamin C, 10 billion CFU at expiration, 200 mg inulin
  • Other ingredients: Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, sucrose, maltodextrin, sodium ascorbate, vegetable magnesium stearate, titanium dioxide (color) and silica
  • NO synthetic colors, preservatives, dairy, lactose, milk, yeast, wheat, gluten or soy

Advanced Immune Defense capsules (2.5 billion CFU):

  • Total carbohydrate >1 g, 20 mg Vitamin C, 3 mg zinc, 500 mg dried fermentate from Saccharomyces cerevisiae, 2.5 billion CFU at expiration
  • Other ingredients: Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, microcrystalline cellulose, water, colors (titanium dioxide, FD&C yellow #6, FD&C red #40, FD&C green #3), sucrose, carrageenan, maltodextrin, potassium chloride, shellac and potassium hydroxide. Contains naturally-occuring sulfites.

What is the Recommended Dosage?

Kids' Packets (5 billion CFU):

  • For Children 1 to 3: Empty entire contents of one (1) probiotic packet into cool food or drink. Mix until dissolved. Do not add to warm or hot food or beverage. Take one (1) probiotic packet daily to support digestive and immune health. To alleviate occasional digestive distress, take two (2) packets per day. If taking 2 packets, take one in the morning and one in the evening. If conditions persist, consult your physician. This kids' probiotic supplement can be taken with or without food at any time of day. This product should not be used by those with immune problems unless directed by a physician.
  • For Kids 3 and Up: Culturelle Kids Chewable Probiotic is recommended for bigger kids. Take as directed on package.
  • For Children Over 100 lbs: Try Culturelle Digestive Health Probiotic Capsules or Chewables instead. Take as directed on package.

Kids' Chewables (5 billion CFU):

  • For Children 1 to 3: Use Culturelle Kids Probiotic Packets instead.
  • For Kids 3 and Up: Chew one (1) probiotic tablet daily to support digestive and immune health. To alleviate occasional digestive distress, take two (2) probiotic tablets per day. If taking two tablets, take one in the morning and one in the evening. If conditions persist, consult your physician. This kids' probiotic supplement can be taken with or without food at any time of day. Not intended for children under 3 years of age due to risk of choking. This product should not be used by those with immune problems unless directed by a physician.
  • For Children Over 100 lbs: Try Culturelle Digestive Health Probiotic Capsules or Chewables instead. Take as directed on package.

Digestive Health capsules (10 billion CFU):

  • For children over 1 year of age: 1 capsule daily. Capsule may be opened and mixed into cool drink or food.
  • For adults, 1 capsule per day. If experiencing digestive upset or traveling, increase to 2 per day, one in the morning and one at night.

Digestive Health chewables (10 billion CFU):

  • For adults, 1 tablet per day. If experiencing digestive upset or traveling, increase to 2 per day, one in the morning and one at night.

Extra-Strength Digestive Health capsules (20 billion CFU):

  • For adults, 1 capsule per day

Health & Wellness capsules (15 billion CFU):

  • For children over 1 year of age: 1 capsule daily. Capsule may be opened and mixed into cool drink or food.
  • For adults, 1 capsule per day.

Vegetarian Health & Wellness capsules (10 billion CFU):

  • For children over 1 year of age: 1 capsule daily. Capsule may be opened and mixed into cool drink or food.
  • For adults, 1 capsule per day. If experiencing digestive upset or traveling, increase to 2 per day, one in the morning and one at night.

Advanced Immune Defense capsules (2.5 billion CFU):

  • Adults and children 12 years of age or older: 1 capsule daily. Should not be used by persons with immune deficiencies unless directed by a physician.

Where to Buy Culturelle Products?

Culturelle Kids' Chewables at Vitacosticon

Culturelle Kids' Chewables

Culturelle Kids' Packets at Vitacosticon

Culturelle Kids' Packets

Culturelle Digestive Health capsules at Vitacosticon

Culturelle Digestive Health Capsules

Culturelle Digestive Health chewables at Vitacosticon

Culturelle Digestive Health Chewables

Culturelle Health and Wellness capsules at Vitacosticon

Culturelle Health & Wellness Capsules

Culturelle Vegetarian Health and Wellness capsules at Vitacosticon

Culturelle Vegetarian Health & Wellness Capsules

Buy Culturelle products from Amazon.com here.

Buy Culturelle products from Amazon Canada here.

Buy Culturelle products from Amazon UK here.

Should You Buy Culturelle?

While I can't advise you on this website if you should or should not buy It, I can say that this probiotic supplement contains the well-studied and impressive  of L. rhamnosus GG. However, the products contain a lot of additives.

Unfortunately, Culturelle is the only OTC supplement that contains L. rhamnosus GG in therapeutic amounts. I contacted the co-discoverers of L. rhamnosus GG, asking them if they have any involvement in the manufacturing of the supplements. If so, I asked them to consider re-formulating the ingredients to take out the unnecessary substances. 

My recommendation would be to avoid the chewables, extra-strength capsules and Advanced Immune Defense capsules and instead use the Digestive Health or Health & Wellness capsules, even for children over 1 year of age and older (opening the capsules for young children as directed above).

Remember, however, that Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG is not the only probiotic that lives in your flora, so I would combine the health benefits of it with the benefits provided by:

You may also consider nutrition consultations if you would like extra help with your health conditions or to know if LGG is right for you.


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