Common Probiotic Bacteria Species

Common Bacteria Species Among Consumer Probiotics

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.

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.

Azomonas agilis
Azomonas brasiliense
Azomonas calcoaceticus
Azomonas chroococcum
Azomonas citreus
Azomonas globiformis
Azomonas lipoferum
Azomonas luteus
Azomonas paspali
Azomonas simplex
Bacillus clausii
Bacillus coagulans
Bacillus subtilis
Bifidobacterium animalis
Bifidobacterium bifidum
Bifidobacterium bifidum 
Bifidobacterium breve
Bifidobacterium breve 
Bifidobacterium infantis
Bifidobacterium infantis 
Bifidobacterium lactis
Bifidobacterium lactis 
Bifidobacterium longum
Bifidobacterium longum 
Bifidobacterium marcerans
Bifidobacterium polymyxa
Bifidobacterium pumilis
Bifidobacterium stationis
Bifidobacterium succinogenes
Brettanomyces anomalus
Debaryomyces hanseii
Enterococcus faecalis
Escherichia coli
Klebsiella zopfil
Kluyveromyces marxianus
Lactobacillus acidophilus
Lactobacillus acidophilus 
Lactobacillus brevis 
Lactobacillus bulgaricus 
Lactobacillus casei
Lactobacillus casei 
Lactobacillus cremoris
Lactobacillus delbrueckii
Lactobacillus fermentum
Lactobacillus fermentum 
Lactobacillus gasseri
Lactobacillus gasseri 
Lactobacillus helveticus
Lactobacillus kefir
Lactobacillus kefiranofaciens
Lactobacillus kefirgranum
Lactobacillus lactis biovar diacetylactis
Lactobacillus paracasei
Lactobacillus paracasei 
Lactobacillus parakefir
Lactobacillus plantarum
Lactobacillus plantarum 
Lactobacillus reuteri
Lactobacillus reuteri 
Lactobacillus rhamnosus
Lactobacillus rhamnosus 
Lactobacillus salivarius
Lactobacillus salivarius 
Lactobacillus sporogenes
Leuconostoc cremoris
Leuconostoc dextranicum
Leuconostoc lactis
Leuconostoc mesenterioides
Myrothecium verrucaria
Pediococcus acidilactici
Pseudomonas calcis
Pseudomonas chrysosporium
Pseudomonas dentrificans
Pseudomonas fluorescens
Pseudomonas glathei
Saccharomyces boulardii
Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Saccharomyces exiguus
Saccharomyces turicensis
Saccharomyces unisporus
Streptococcus salivarius
Streptococcus thermophilus
Streptomyces celluslosae
Streptomyces fradiae
Streptomyces griseoflavus
Torulaspora delbrueckii

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.