Renew Life’s Ultimate Flora Men’s Complete (Ultimate Flora Mens Complete) is a high-potency “clean” formula marketed to be designed to re-establish digestive balance, help reduce occasional gas, promote colon health as well as promote digestive and immune health. It does not have to be used exclusively by men.
There are 14 scientifically studied probiotic strains in this supplement, and there are actually more than 90 billion CFU immediately after manufacture to account for any losses during transit.
58 billion CFU of Bifidobacterium:
32 billion CFU of Lactobacillus:
The other ingredients at the time of this writing (July, 2016) are very limited and are vegetable capsule (vegetable fiber and water) and cellulose. The capsule provides some delayed release of the probiotics.
Please verify ingredients of any supplement prior to taking it.
The manufacturer’s recommended dosage is one capsule daily, with or without food. I recommend that you take lactic acid bacteria probiotic supplements such as this one with at least a little bit of food to increase their survival percentages.
The pros of this probiotic supplement as I see them are:
This supplement has many raving reviews. It has 4.6 out of 5 starts on Amazon:
One of the most amusing reviews I’ve read: “I tried it and got the vicious farts. I let one go near our gas stove and the ensuing explosion burned the house down. Other than that, it works great.” 9/6/14
“This product fixed my bloating (that I have had for about a year) and my sinus issues (mainly stuffed nose) that I have had for about 10 years! No more GasX (Bloating) or Sudafed (Sinus). This product has truly changed my life. I am so thankful that that I ran into the Renew Life Rep., at a Whole Foods, who recommended this product.” – 7/12/15
“After taking antibiotics for an extended period of time the Men’s Complete 90 Billion Probiotic is helping my immune system, digestion, and skin start to return to normal. I experienced sores starting to heal, solid bowel movements, and rosacea symptoms lessening after 2 days. Then, after finishing the first bottle, I tried switching to the Critical Care 50 Billion, but switched back to the Men’s Complete 90 Billion after some symptoms had returned. Of all the supplements I've ever taken, I've never experienced anything that has worked so well.” 12/11/14
“I've struggled with digestion issues for a while, and I've tried so many different probiotics, but this has proved to be the most consistent. There are days when I need to take 2 in order to feel the effects, but overall this probiotic does not disappoint.” 12/12/15
“Helps with my constipation.” 12/20/15
“I took pills since 10 days ago and I have already begun to feel better. I had predisposed to diarrhea. Now I digest better meals and poop returned normal. Best investment for you health.” – 6/20/16
The cons of this probiotic supplement as I see them are:
There weren’t many negative reviews I could find:
“this brand just doesn't work for me. I understand we all have different gut needs. i don't blame the product, as many love it, but it is worthless to my gut.” - 9/21/15
“I take it I have no idea if it is working. I don't feel any different.” – 4/20/16
Note that this product is not usually shipped with a cold pack, even from the manufacturer. The manufacturer believes that shipping without if fine as long as the product is refrigerated upon receipt.
There is new packaging available in some areas
If you would like help in determining if this probiotic supplement is right for you, please consider nutritional consultations with me. A supplement is just that: supplemental to other healthy lifestyle factors. A supplement should not replace good eating habits and taking care of oneself and nutrition consultations can certainly help with those.
This supplement is a high potency supplement with no unnecessary additives (a "clean" supplement), has "safe" species of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, is free of most allergens and is packaged securely. With the high numbers of Bifidobacterium and moderately high numbers of Lactobacillus, it would be expected to fulfill its marketing claims of re-establishment of digestive balance, help in reduction of occasional gas, promotion of colon health as well as promotion of digestive and immune health.
Note that although this supplement is marketed for men, it can be suitable for women, also, and at least one of the reviews was written by a woman. While Ultimate Flora Mens Complete does not have all of the usual Lactobacillus species associated with vaginal health in studies, there are many species in it that are associated with vaginal and urinary tract health.
Renew Life is a reputable company focused on digestive wellness.
Thanks to Robert 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:
To read about my approach to supplement reviews, and about my reviews of other probiotic supplements, click here.
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