As of January, 2017, it appears that this product is no longer available from the manufacturer.
Leaf Origin Essential Cultures probiotic supplement is a 30 billion CFU product containing 15 strains of freeze-dried bacteria. It is marketed to support intestinal and immune health.
There are 15 different probiotic strains in this product:
The other ingredients at the time of this writing are rice maltodextrin, anhydrous dextrose (glucose sugar), vegetable cellulose and stearic acid. The amounts of the sugars and starches is unknown. Please verify ingredients of any supplement prior to taking it.
The recommended dosage of this product is 1 capsule per day.
The pros of this probiotic supplement as I see them are:
The cons of this probiotic supplement as I see it are:
As of January, 2017, it appears that this product is no longer available from the manufacturer, Leaf Origins.
Only you can decide if this probiotic supplement is right for you. It has mixed reviews on Amazon.com.
It is shelf-stable and has a high starting number of beneficial bacteria at the time of manufacture, but more strains is not necessarily better, especially if the numbers are low. Also, there is no shelf-stability information to know how many CFU are left at the time of expiration. I called the company to get more information but was repeatedly directed to the website.
Thanks to Linda for suggesting a review of this supplement!
If you decide to take this supplement, I would combine the health benefits of it with the benefits provided by:
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