Probiotics contain a wide-ranging array of bacterial species. Most all of them have shown some notable notable health benefits. What’s sometimes difficult to determine is which species might offer some benefit for particular circumstances. There’s a lot of information out there on probiotics, but our understanding of how the affect our health is still underdeveloped. We’ve began an endeavor to better understand the science behind individual species in an effort to develop a deeper understand of which probiotics may be best suited for specific needs.
Identifying Commonly Used Probiotic Strains
We took a survey of the top 100 best-selling probiotics on Amazon and listed each unique bacteria strain found. This information was collected—painfully—by hand. It’s very likely that several species listing are actually combined, have changed altogether, or have different specific strain variations not listed here. One example is the Lactobacillus GG bacteria that is a patented form of Lactobacillus Rhamnosus. There were several such instances of this type of ambiguation among listed products. This list shouldn’t be used for any other purpose than general reference and should in no way be regarded as comprehensive. Also not accounted for in this data is the percentage of occurrence. For example; Lactobacillus Acidophillus and Lactobacillus GG are listed in countless probiotic products though other species such as Lactobacillus parakefir are only listed in a handful. Regardless of it’s flaws, we felt others might find such a collection of common probiotic bacteria useful so we’ve chosen to list it here. Below you’ll find a listing of the 84 unique bacterial species we found listed in the Amazon top 100 probiotics on 7/13/2017, in alphabetical order.
Most Common Probiotic Species
Lactobacillus lactis biovar diacetylactis
Sorting Through the Data
In the next few weeks expect a series of articles cataloging the differences between some of these compounds. We’ve found very interesting correlations between certain health conditions and specific compounds produced by certain bacteria. Among these curiosities are histamines, tyramine and cadaverine to name a few. The connection between gut health and overall health has, in our opinion, been very well established by recent research. The nuances are hardly understood but an overall connection seems undeniable. Learning more about how specific bacteria behave, the cellular pathways they affect and how certain enzymes play a factor in their survival will help better understand how they affect our health on a holistic level.