Great product poor packaging
This product takes care of digestive problems but the packaging is terrible. If you have problems like I do one bottle is about 20 days worth. This company insists on packing their products in teeny tiny bottles so that you must pay for the packaging and not the product.
Swanson's, how about a package of 240 or even more, betcha you could lower the price by 10 to 15% if you did, HUH?
October 21, 2014
This works better than other probiotics I have tried, and costs less. What's not to like?
October 21, 2014
Great Probiotic for a Great Price
I previously used Dr. Langer's 16 Strain Probiotic and while I thought it worked well it was pretty pricey. Came across Swanson's probiotic 4 on sale and figured I'd give it a try. We have been using this one for several months now and I have to say I'm quite pleased in quality and price.
October 12, 2014
Didn't do much
First couple times I took it, I had a bit of nausea, along with a weird taste in my mouth, but that didn't happen afterwards. Was hoping it would reduce my excessive gas problem, but it didn't seem to do much for that.
May 31, 2014
This seems to be helping with digestion and I will keep it with my daily routine.
May 15, 2014
This is the one!
I've tried quite a few probiotic formulas, and this is the one I will stay with. Noticed the results I wanted right away, and am very pleased. No side effects of any kind. Great price on the BOGO list.
May 5, 2014
The Must Have
You can forego just about any supplement - but always have probotics. This is a great price and an effective probiotic.
April 27, 2014
I did the yogurt making test and it was a long time to gel up so I am thinking that the quality is average but the price is very good.
April 21, 2014
Didn't work for me
I eat a healthy diet: very little sugar, no white bread, only whole grains, raw+cooked vegetables. I knew this probiotic was wimpy but with my diet I thought it would be enough. Guess not.
April 18, 2014
ONE AMONG MANY
THIS SUPPLEMENT IS ONE OF 33 SUPPLEMENTS THAT I TAKE. I CANNOT REVIEW THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THIS PARTICULAR ONE. I TAKE ALL THESE SUPPLEMENTS FOR HEALTHY
BODY SUPPORT. COMBAT68
March 30, 2014
I recommend this product
I have been using this product for a year. It has been very beneficial in keeping me regular. I take one per day. I just reordered another year's supply.
March 9, 2014
Seems to do the trick for me...keeps everything running along smoothly .I just take one in the morning and one at night... The value is great compared to some others I have tried that are much more expensive .this is all that I need.
February 9, 2014
My Friendly Flora
With 87% of the body's immune system in the gut, I depend on this product for my friendly flora.
December 31, 2013
Best pro-biotic Swanson sells.
December 29, 2013
Have tried other probiotics but not with the same success I have with Swansons. Reasonably priced, convenient and quick shipping make it so easy to never run outl
December 14, 2013
Quality Product for Less
This product compares to the higher priced probiotics one finds in the drug store. Swansons offers it for much less at a similar high quality.
December 13, 2013
Great value for the price. Works just as well if not better than the more expensive brands.
December 12, 2013
Works For Me
It's done the trick for my need and I am very thankful for that. I did call the phone number of Swanson to ask a couple questions before I ordered this for the first time - just to make sure this is what I wanted and I was comfortable with the answers I got from the very informative phone rep. So I ordered me some & have been satisfied ever since. Thank you!
December 11, 2013
my trial of this product
This product seemed to give me palpitations after I took it. Anyone else have that problem.
December 7, 2013
shopped around and found this product to be the best value.i have used it for years and have always been satisfied.
October 31, 2013
I have tried other probiotics and none of them work as well as Swanson's. I have recommended and introduced several friends and family members to them. They are always amazed at the difference they make. Thank you Swansons for making an excellent product and at such a great price!
October 31, 2013
Better than the hard pill
At least these should be alive after hydration. Others that I've tried look like they're a solid pill that couldn't have anything that would ever come back to life.
October 26, 2013
I originally wrote a negative post on PB-4. This was due to a test I performed comparing it to another probiotic. However I asked Swanson to remove the post so I could post a more accurate and fair evaluation.
I tested PB-4 alongside a product made by Schiff called Digestive Advantage - a probiotic that my wife takes that comes in blister packs and does not require refrigeration. I took three small jars, filled them each with 1/4 cup of milk. In 1 jar I mixed in 1/2 teaspoon of white flour as a control. In far 2 I emptied one cap of PB4 and in jar 3, I emptied a cap of Digestive Advantage.
After 4 hours the DA started to turn the milk into a yogurt like gel/solid while the PB4 did nothing. After 10 hours there was still no activity in the PB4 although it allegedly has 3 bil organisms vs only 1 bil in the DA. Meanwhile the DA continued it's activity and started separating the yogurt into a solid and a liquid. So I posted the result as the PB$ being inactive.
However I tested again. After 16 hours the PB4 began to form into a gel/solid. I left both substances in jars for a total of 48 hours. The PB4 went through the same cycle as the DA, it just took longer. Meanwhile the control (milk with flour) did nothing.
The PB4 definitely has live activity. My guess is that the reason that it took longer to act is that the DA has other enzymes mixed in with it that may have caused quicker activity or perhaps it had more surviving organisms due to the blister packaging. I had heard that probiotics that are not blister packed tend to lose their effectiveness if not refrigerated. I thought maybe the PB4's has lost their effectiveness either due to being shipped over the summer or from not being refrigerated at Swanson.
I emailed Swanson and was told that they keep their probiotc products in temperature-controlled storage. I was also told that lack of refrigeration during shipping hasn't shown to be an issue. In fact, they have shipped probiotics to some very warm climates which have been returned and have still tested above the stated level of activity.
I think it's great that Swanson keeps their products in cool storage. Caring that much about what they sell has caused me to feel even better about buying other products from them.
With regards to the probiotics, I will stick with the PB4 since it is so much cheaper than the Schiff DA and others that are out there. I don't need to be too concerned about having probiotics that don't need refrigeration because I have a refrigerator, and in fact refrigerate all of my supplements to keep them fresher.
As an extra precaution I will order probiotics and other temperature sensitive products over the winter months just to make sure they retain maximum freshness and effectiveness.
One last thing. If you ever want to test your probiotic, simply dissolve one cap in about 1/4 cup of milk and leave at room temp for roughly 24 hours.
Sorry this was such a long entry. I just wanted to set the record straight. I hope this has been helpful.
October 17, 2013
not a good buy
When I took this probiotic it made me constipated. I have tried others and this is the only one that has made me feel this way. I would not buy this again. If I knew more about probiotic strains I may be able to narrow down the fact that whatever my body needs is not in this type of probiotic.
October 9, 2013
Great product for the price
Seems to work as good as other probiotics at higher prices. Have been taking for quite a long time. Would reorder again. No bad side effects. Would highly recomment to others looking for a good probiotic with value pricing.
September 28, 2013