Mercola Complete Probiotics is a probiotic supplement containing 10 strains of acid- and bile-resistant lactic acid bacteria, including L. acidophilus DDS-1 and L. brevis. It is one of the few probiotic supplements containing Lactobacillus brevis. Although Dr. Mercola devotes a page on his website about what probiotics can do, and in particular what DDS-1 can do, the product itself makes no marketing claims.
Each capsule contains a minimum of 35 billion CFU and a maximum of 45 billion CFU at time of manufacture of a freeze-dried proprietary blend of human-origin:
The other ingredients at the time of this writing are vegetable cellulose, microcrystalline cellulose, fructooligosaccharide (FOS) as 5% of the capsule ingredients and silicon dioxide.
Please verify ingredients of any supplement prior to taking it.
The recommended serving size for adults is 2 capsules per day, preferably in the morning. Dr. Mercola says he takes it on an empty stomach 30 minutes before he eats. I have a different opinion about that because while capsules may move faster through an empty stomach, the morning pH of your stomach acid can be very low which can kill microbes if they stay in there too long or which can make you feel nauseous.
It also states that if you experience GI upset while traveling from different foods (or water), you can take additional servings (recommended 4-6 probiotic capsules) to help give your digestive system the additional support.
Like many companies that sell probiotic supplements, Mercola does not manufacture this supplement in-house. Here are the clues to the manufacturer from the Mercola website:
The company that fits these clues is UAS Laboratories, makers of the UP4 line of probiotic supplements.
The pros of this probiotic supplement as I see them are:
Mercola Complete Probiotics has 4.3 out of 5 stars from 137 reviews on Amazon.com. Some helpful reviews from verified purchases on Amazon say:
“Really helps with bloating & other uncomfortable issues relating to the stomach.” 6/24/15
“Yes indeed, Complete Probiotics by Mercola did meet my expectations. I have tried other probiotics to no avail, but these have been entirely effective. So much better results from these than from the proton pump inhibitors that I took for years.” 4/9/15
“I've suffered from gastrointestinal issues for years, such as chronic pain, bloating, acid reflux, etc. stemming from Crohn's disease. When I finally received the diagnosis (it took years and lots of testing), I was put on medications that I had to take multiple times (5-6) per day and had bad side effects. They also had many horrible side effects that could occur from long term use. None of the medications were any type of "cure", but mostly masking symptoms or keeping them partly under control. This was not how I wanted to live my life, so I started to keep an even stricter whole food diet and added Mercola's Complete Probiotics to my morning routine. I have now been off of all medication for months now, but my Crohn's symptoms that I used to deal with on a daily basis have yet to reappear…” 1/2/15
Some helpful critical reviews of this probiotics supplement from verified purchases on Amazon say:
“I've tried the 2 capsules once a day as directed but it didn't work for my constipation. So I increased the dose to 2 caps 2 times a day (total 4 caps a day). Still no effect at all for the constipation, but even worsened the condition. I started having gas and felt bloating...” 4/25/15
“These made me feel sick to my stomach the whole time I was on them ... and sad to say, I had a lot of gas. not a fan.” 6/26/13
“I didn't feel the effects of this. Usually, if I take a strong enough probiotic, which this one suppose to be, I am aware of the effects of it right away. I had better luck with other brands. I don't know if it had anything to do with this not needing refrigeration.... I feel, that a couple of other brands with the same amount of strains and billions of bacteria worked better overall. All of them needed refrigeration.” 4/16/15
The cons of this probiotic supplement as I see them are:
This product is sold in bottles of 60 or 180 capsules and you can save more by buying the larger amount.
You can order this product from my dispensary:
If you would like help in determining if this probiotic supplement is right for you, please consider nutritional consultations with me. This is a high potency supplement, has "safe" species of Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium and Streptococcus thermophilus, has L. acidophilus DDS-1 and L. brevis, is free of most allergens and is packaged securely.
I must admit that I have a lot of respect for Dr. Mercola and his passion for health-related issues and although I wish more information on this supplement was disclosed, I still think it is a quality supplement.
Thanks to Caterina 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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