All of the information about the benefits of Saccharomyces boulardii seem to make it be a win-win probiotic in non-immune system compromised people. However, since it does not colonize the intestinal tract, it has to be taken on a continuous basis.
If you want to start using it very slowly, my suggestion is to buy a
kombucha drink that has S. boulardii (but not lots of other probiotics
or yeasts) in it. Drink 1/2 cup the first day. Then increase little by
little until you can drink the entire bottle without consequences. If
you get loose stools or GI discomfort, back down on the amount you drink
each day until you are stabilized, Then you can try increasing the
amount, ultimately graduating to a supplement.
If you just want to dive in to taking a S. boulardii supplement, my suggestion is to start with the lyophilized form, either from Florastor or from one of the professional-line supplements you may be able to obtain from a holistic health-care provider. They may be more expensive than the heat-dried forms, but their quality is assured and they are the form with the documented health benefits listed above.
Take note of any changes that happen in your body. If you are going to see beneficial results, you should see them when taking the gold-standard lyophilized form. Then, if you must reduce your expenses, you can try the other forms of S. boulardii on the market and see if you obtain the same results. The last thing you want to do is to spend money taking a cheaper form of a supplement, not knowing if it works for you or not. You could be wasting your money and your time that way.
Also, there are several combination probiotic supplements on the market that contain S. boulardii with somewhat controversial microbes. I don’t recommend taking a product labeled as a “probiotic”, unless you are aware of the benefits and risks. If you are comfortable with the ingredients in the combination products that contain Saccharomyces boulardii, then you can try them after you’ve tried the lyophilized form and see if the benefits continue. If not, then the lyophilized form is the form you must use to see benefits.
Remember though, that not everyone reacts the same to probiotics (as the research on IBD showed) since each of us has unique floras, so just because your friend couldn't benefit from Saccharomyces boulardii , doesn't mean you can't, and vice versa.
This is my opinion: Professional-grade supplements are supposed to be sold by healthcare professionals for a reason. They typically are higher-strength and higher quality than you can find in a retail store.
Many of the supplements are made in facilities that are pharmaceutical-grade and/or that exceed good manufacturing practices (GMP) to guarantee that nothing other than what is stated on the label is in the product. When you buy a professional-grade supplement from someone other than a healthcare professional, you have no guarantee that the product was stored and handled as it should be.
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