RSS

Testing Probiotics–Is Mine Good?

25 Oct

Many people often have a probiotic they bought off a drug store shelf, unrefrigerated.  After learning what to look for in a probiotic, they wonder if the one they already bought is any good.  Should they keep it?  Throw it away? Here’s a test I found which might help you determine if your probiotic is alive and ready to work.1

IMG_3596Is my Probiotic Active: Science Experiment

Tools:
2 liquid containers (clean yogurt cups, plastic cups, mugs, shallow bowls, whatever. Just make sure they are similar in size and shape.)
1 cup of soy or regular milk.
2-3 sample probiotic pills from your bottle. (Note: I used only 2 pills, and saw definite results. First I tried just 1 pill, but 1 wasn’t enough.  The original instructions say use 2-4 pills, but I think 2 should be enough. Less waste of expensive pills.)

Instructions:
Pour 1/2 cup of soy or regular milk in each container.
Split open your pills and sprinkle the contents into ONE of the containers. Mix it well into the milk.
Wait overnight, or roughly 8-10 hour to check the results.

Results: 
If the milk containing the probiotic curdles, clumps or firms,it is proven to be active. I can’t guarantee all of the strains listed on the bottle are active, but at least some of them are. If the milk appears the same in both containers (watery and not curdled), you have an inactive bottle. Get your money back!  

Hope that helps. Now go have some scientific fun!

 

1“Is My Probiotic Supplement Active? Easy At-Home Test!” http://kblog.lunchboxbunch.com/2009/03/is-my-probiotic-supplement-active-at.html

Advertisements
 
Leave a comment

Posted by on October 25, 2015 in Health

 

Tags: , , , , , ,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

 
%d bloggers like this: