Table. Classification of Marketed Probiotics

Name Distributor* Strain Adult Dosage†
Align‡ Procter & Gamble
(Cincinnati, Ohio)
(800) 208-0112
Bifidobacterium infantis 35624 1 capsule per day (1 billion live bacteria per capsule)
CP-1 Custom Probiotics, Inc. (Glendale, Calif.)
(800) 219-8405
Lactobacillus acidophilus; Lactobacillus plantarum; Lactobacillus rhamnosus;
Bifidobacterium bifidum;
Bifidobacterium longum
1-2 capsules per day (35 billion microorganisms
per capsule)
Culturelle Amerifit Nutrition, Inc.
(Bloomfield, Conn.)
(800) 722-3476
Lactobacillus GG 1-2 capsules per day (10 billion live active cells
per capsule)
Flora Q Kenwood Therapeutics
(Fairfield, N.J.)
(800) 929-9300
Lactobacillus acidophilus; Lactobacillus
paracasei; Streptococcus thermophilus
1 capsule per day
(no fewer than 4 billion colony-forming units
per capsule)
Florastor Biocodex, Inc.
(Creswell, Ore.)
(877) 356-7787
Saccharomyces boulardii 1 capsule, 2 times daily between meals
(5 billion live cells per
250-mg capsule
HLC High
Emerson Ecologics, Inc.
(800) 654-4432
Lactobacillus acidophilus (CUL 21); Lactobacillus acidophilus (CUL 60); Bifidobacterium bifidum (CUL 20); Bifidobacterium lactis (CUL 34) 1-2 capsules per day,
with meals (8 billion
viable cells per capsule)
Lacidofil Xymogen Inc., Exclusive
Professional Formulas
(Orlando, Fla.)
(800) 647-6100
Lactobacillus helveticus Rosell-52; Lactobacillus rhamnosus Rosell-11 1-2 capsules per day, before or during meals
 (2 billion live organisms)
NATREN 1-800-992-3323 (Ask for Lawrence Johnson )

Lactobacillus Acidophilus, NAS Super strain 5 billion CFU, Bifidobacterium Bifidum, Malyth Super Strain 30 billion CFU, Lactobacillus bulgaricicus LB-51 Super strain 5 billion CFU

1-2 tablets daily with meals with filtered unchilled water
Ultra Flora
Plus DF
(San Clemente, Calif./
Gig Harbor, Wash.)
(800) 692-9400

Bifidobacterium lactis;
Lactobacillus acidophilus

1-2 capsules per day
(no fewer than 15 billion
combined live
VSL#3 Sigma-Tau
Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
(Gaithersburg, Md.)
(866) 438-8753
Bifidobacterium breve; Bifidobacterium infantis; Bifidobacterium longum; Lactobacillus acidophilus; Lactobacillus bulgaricus; Lactobacillus casei;
plantarum; Streptococcus thermophilus
0.5-8 packets per day (450 billion live lactic acid
bacteria per packet)
* Some of these distributors require physicians to register in order to provide a discount to their patients.

† For maximal benefit, treatment should consist of this dosage for 5 to 8 weeks, followed by half-dosing.

‡ Pending independent analysis bid, twice daily; DF, dairy free; NCFM, North Carolina Food Microbiology