The following is a product review of Complete Probiotics sold by Mercola.com. I was not paid to write this post, but I was sent probiotics and other supplements free of charge. All opinions in this post are my own. Mercola.com is a site I have followed for a long time because I find very helpful health information there. They also sell high quality supplements. For that reason, and because gut health is important for all of us, I felt this review was worth while for my readers.
Gut health is important to the health of your whole body, and most of you know that good bacteria is crucial to maintaining a healthy gut. Eating the right foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables rather than sugary processed foods is important. But you can really help your body by consuming fermented foods and beverages. Unfortunately, many of the store bought versions such as yogurt and kefir are also loaded with sugar or artificial sweeteners and preservatives.
You can make fermented foods at home, and that’s a great option, but sometimes it’s helpful to have an easy way to get good bacteria into your system. That’s when probiotics come to the rescue. Unfortunately, finding high quality, gluten-free probiotics is not always easy.
For those of us with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, anything you put into your body, including supplements, need to be gluten free. Here is what they have to say about the gluten-free status of their probiotics:
Our Complete Probiotics is gluten-free and is manufactured in a gluten-free facility.
You may have seen information about some probiotics on the market not being gluten free, even ones that were labeled as such. I know that Dr. Mercola is very particular about the quality of products he sells, and he looks into it extensively. Ultimately it’s up to you to decide what is safe for your body, but I do trust this gluten-free statement.
Here are some points I’d like to highlight about Complete Probiotics:
- Packaged in a glass bottle
- Do not have to be refrigerated. This was something that surprised me because I thought most high quality probiotics did require refrigeration. That means that they are easy to take with you when traveling. That’s a big plus in my book.
- Contain 10 beneficial bacteria strains plus prebiotics!
- Bile and acid resistant and have been tested to show this
- Provide a minimum of 70 billion CFUs (colony forming units)
- Non-dairy as well as corn, soy, and gluten free. Dairy free can be hard to find.
- They are easy to swallow, and I have not noticed any flavor associated with them.
Mercola.com has lots of information about their Complete Probiotics on their site. You can also purchase the products there. Keep in mind that quality probiotics are not cheap anywhere. I remember being surprised by the price in a health food store when I first looked for them years ago. So Mercola.com’s current price for a 3 month supply is reasonable.
Also, Mercola.com offers other supplements that may be of interest to you, but not all are manufactured in a gluten-free facility. They have this to say with regard to gluten:
Please note that all manufacturers of Mercola products follow GMP guidelines. This means that even if a manufacturer produces other products with gluten, all equipment are thoroughly cleaned and practices are in place to reduce the risk of cross-contamination.
Probiotics can be a beneficial supplement to take on a regular basis, but you do need to be sure it is a good quality supplement (that will actually do what it’s supposed to do) and that it is gluten free. Complete Probiotics fits the bill for me.
This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any health condition. Pregnant women, nursing moms, and people who are taking medications or have a medical condition should consult their physician before using this product.