Probiotics Buyers Guidebook


The crux of probiotics’ popularity is due to their healthy actions in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, where they can block bad bacteria from attaching to receptors lining the gut. However, this simple view of probiotics does not cover all that science has discovered about these good bugs, and research shows benefits may go beyond digestive health. To successfully source probiotics, companies should consider the latest research behind probiotic health benefits, the popular probiotics on the market and the numerous probiotic characteristics important to both purchasing and processing.

  • Not all probiotic strains confer the same benefits or mechanisms.
  • Delivering the right message for a probiotic product requires claims backed by science.
  • A growing area of probiotic research involves mechanisms that modulate immune function.