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
healthy flora for digestive system!
September 26, 2013
Better than the rest
This is not only a better choice for probiotics, but you are getting more for your money as well.
September 17, 2013
I have been using this for a few years now works great, I only wish it came in a larger quantity.
September 14, 2013
I have been taking this for several years and wouldn't go a day without it. When taken with Digest Basic, I remain normal and totally balanced in my digestive system.
September 6, 2013
I've used it for a just a few weeks, and its working, a healthy gut, a healthy body....thanks
August 29, 2013
This is a great way to help have a healthy gut and that usually means a healthier you.. so draw your own conclusions !!
August 19, 2013
Always reliable when I need it
August 16, 2013
STOMACH FEELS BETTER
THIS IS A GREAT PRODUCT AND DOES WHAT THEY SAY PRO-BIOTICS WILL DO.
I AM VERY HAPPY WITH MY PURCHASE.
August 12, 2013
This was the first time I've tried a probiotic. It has worked very well for me and now I don't feel the same without it.
July 12, 2013
not strong enough
This product is not strong enough for me. I am going back to the swanson blue bottle which is much stronger.
June 30, 2013
This is the best product on the market.Since i have doubled up on my daily dose ,I was very happy when the 2 for 1 sale became available.This product is the best value for the money.I would recommend this product to anyone interested in supplementing with probiotics.
June 25, 2013
I chose this product because it has an great value with an excellent mix of organisms in capsule form.
June 23, 2013
I travel internationally for my work. And, this product is always with me on every trip. It helps to clean my system. The caviar is you need to take it daily.
June 11, 2013
Very good for the digestion helps break down food
June 9, 2013
I just tried this again in the last 2 weeks. I am replacing this for my yogurt and find it has better ingredients than yogurt and Acidophillus
June 7, 2013
This is a potent product that works wonders. I noticed a difference in my digestive health soon after taking this product. Overall, this is a great probiotic thus far and I would recommend it to everyone.
June 5, 2013
Great value for probiotic
I feel great that I found this good value for a daily probiotic.
June 3, 2013
I know probiotics are good for me and my family, but they are so expensive at the local stores. I couldn't believe what a great value this product was on SwansonVitamins.com so I shared it with my nurse to verify. She not only gave me the thumbs up, she is now a customer.
May 24, 2013
This product was very reasonably priced and the results have been great!
May 24, 2013