PB8 is a probiotic supplement with 8 different probiotics that comes in 2 different capsule forms, one made with gelatin capsule and a vegetarian one made with a vegetarian cellulose capsule. It is marketed for digestion support and now (2018) is manufactured for Church & Dwight Co., Inc Northwest Natural Products Group, NJ. It is no longer a Nutrition Now product and the formula has changed slightly.
Although the product label says, "Pro-Biotic Acidophilus for Life", this product contains more than just L. acidophilus. The exact strains used in PB8 are unknown. Only the different species are listed and they total 14 billion CFU in 2 capsules at the time of manufacture. The 8 different species are:
Please always verify the ingredients before taking any product. The other ingredients at the time of this updated writing (July, 2018) are microcrystalline cellulose, magnesium stearate, maltodextrin (source not verified) and silica in a cellulose capsule for the vegetarian PB8 and microcrystalline cellulose, magnesium stearate, silica, and inulin (a prebiotic in undisclosed amounts) and a gelatin capsule for the regular probiotic supplement.
The dosage recommended on the bottle is two capsules per day for digestion support.
Here are the advantages of this probiotic supplement:
There are several disadvantages of this probiotic supplement, too:
Versions of this probiotic supplement, the vegetarian and the regular, may be found at:
I can help you can decide if this probiotic supplement fits your needs. What I will say from personal experience with it that it was one of the first probiotic supplements I took when it was still manufactured by Nutrition Now many years ago. At the time, I liked that they offered a gluten-free, dairy-free supplement that said so right on the label when I was trying to navigate the scary gluten-free world. Unlike today's circumstances, before the words "gluten-free" were nearly common knowledge and had a meaning, it was very hard to find products I could trust. I trusted this product.
Today, however, my opinion has changed. The lack of available information about quality control and a visible product information presence, in my opinion, is concerning, and I doubt it is the best supplement on the market. Note that I did not pursue calling the number to ask a number of questions because I feel that transparency with consumers is a must, especially in this digital age.
If you are considering taking this supplement, I suggest you call the company to have any of your concerns addressed. I encourage you to consider the professional supplements from companies with transparency and well-documented quality control and testing standards that are available from my dispensary.
In addition to taking a supplement, I encourage you to explore the world of naturally-fermented whole foods and drinks and probiotic-fortified foods and drinks.
Many thanks to Nancy for suggesting the original review of this gluten-free dairy-free probiotic supplement!
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