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Smarter Review: Most Trusted Kids Probiotic Supplement Awards 2017

Most Trusted Kids Probiotics Voted by Smarter Parents Like You

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Probiotics 101: A Healthy Head Start For Your Child

Once upon a time, there was no evidence of the effects of probiotics on pediatric health. Well, not anymore. For many children, eating a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, and lean protein can be a challenge if not near-impossible. Many adults struggle with the same dietary needs, and without the help of supplements wouldn't be able to cope with the lack of important nutrients.*

So where do probiotics fit into the daily nutritional intake for our children?

Research Has Shown That Kids Who Take Probiotics Have:

  • Healthy cognitive functioning* 1
  •  Enhanced focus/attention* 1
  •  Healthy energy levels* 2
  •  Strong immune system function* 2
  •  Stable moods and temperament
  • Healthy bowel movements* 2

Gut-Brain Research: Prebiotics and Probiotics

Are probiotics the future of medicine? Perhaps. A balanced digestive system is the foundation for overall health. Probiotics support a healthy digestive system, which has been linked to supporting both cognitive and overall physical wellness. The latest research shows using fiber based prebiotics (such as NutraFlora Fiber) will help the probiotics stick to the intestinal tract. This will significantly increase the effectiveness of the probiotic.*.1,2

Your child's gut and brain health starts in the womb and post-partum. Every mother has heard about the importance of breastfeeding your child for at least the first nine months of their life. Research has found that your baby's first form of probiotics will come from breastmilk.

It turns out that a particular strain of of bacteria from the genus Bifidobacterium seem to flourish in , and that some of these bacteria produce important compounds called short-chain fatty acids when they break down breast milk sugars.*.4

What to do when and if the breastfeeding phase ends?

Supplementing with an all-natural probiotic absent of any fillers or binders can be vital for your child's current and future brain health. Research is steadily revealing that the microbes in your gut are just as important as the nerve cells in your brain.*.1

Studies of how normal gut microbiota modulates brain development and behavior has discovered data that supports the notion that there is a sensitive period in early life for gut microbiota to affect later-life brain and behavior. This means that the health of your child's digestive system from birth and onward is a precursor for healthy or unhealthy brain functioning later in life.*

The Right Probiotic for Your Child and It's Not Yogurt

We found that the safest and most effective source of prebiotics and probiotics for children, outside of mother's milk, are plant-based*. Supplements made from raw organic fruits and vegetables are ideal and highly effective on young gut health. Of course any form of supplementation, liquid or capsule, can be taken alongside probiotic-rich dairy foods, like yogurt and kefir.

Top Strains in Children's Probiotics by Category:  2:,5,6

A worthwhile probiotic should contain anywhere from 5 billion to 10 billion cultures (CFU's).

Bowel Assistance*:

  • L. acidophilus. helps produces Vitamin K from foods, which is essential to proper blood clotting, bone formation, and repair.
  • L. Rhamnosis GG. Most effective strain for childhood diarrhea.
  • L. Reuteri. Defense against diarrhea and beneficial in rebuilding gut health after a course of antibiotics.

Immune Function*:

  • B. Lactis. This increases immune function, helps to fight off infections, makes faster recovery times possible and helps to prevent diarrhea in both adults and children.
  • L. Delbrueckii. Boosts immune system function and protects against harmful bacteria and infections.
  • L. Gasseri. Reduces bad gut bacteria, protects against bacteria, and aids digestion. Also helps prevent diarrhea and build immunity against allergies and asthma.

Digestion Help*:

  • L. Plantarium. Quickly resolves any gut inflammation and restores balance to the digestive system.
  • L. Casei. This assists with any potential issues with digestion.

Top 4 Probiotic Supplements for kids 2017

Based on our own extensive research, the metrics provided by our Smarter Reviews Ranking System, and consideration of numerous reviews by Smarter Shoppers just like you, we've compiled a list of what we've found to be the top four products in 
this category, on the market today.

Review

culturelle kids! packets probiotic

Total Ranking

515 votes

9.3/10

A

Overall Grade

  • Ingredient Safety
  • 9.6/10

  • Category Average
  • 8.3/10

  • Projected Effectiveness
  • 9.2/10

  • Category Average
  • 8.7/10

  • Value
  • 8.8/10

  • Category Average
  • 8.4/10

  • Return Policy
  • 9.2/10

  • Category Average
  • 8/10

  • Customer Satisfaction
  • 9.6/10

  • Category Average
  • 8/10

Vote and Review

5/10

PROS

  • Has added Vitamin C
  • Contains 5 billion CFUs
  • No refrigeration required

CONS

  • Cost per serving high for some Smarter Parents
  • Contains only one strain of bacteria, LGG
  • Silicon dioxide is an additive that is used in the powder
  • Mannitol is used as a sweetener
The Bottom Line

Smarter Parents felt the powder form of the kids' probiotic is the most effective because of its flavorless and odorless quality. It is effective in the sense that parents can successfully mask this supplement in their children's favorite drinks and foods however the price per package was too high for some. Also, many parents felt that they could have found more organic and healthy alternatives to use as an anti-caking agent as opposed to silicon dioxide and mannitol as a sweetener.

*Results are based on the Smarter Reviews Ranking System and do not necessarily reflect typical results from the use of these products. Please visit product websites for more information.

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Review

Ultimate Flora Kids Probiotic Capsules, 30 Chewable Tablets

Total Ranking

677 votes

8.5/10

B

Overall Grade

  • Ingredient Safety
  • 8.3/10

  • Category Average
  • 8.3/10

  • Projected Effectiveness
  • 9.3/10

  • Category Average
  • 8.7/10

  • Value
  • 9.1/10

  • Category Average
  • 8.4/10

  • Return Policy
  • 8.1/10

  • Category Average
  • 8/10

  • Customer Satisfaction
  • 7.9/10

  • Category Average
  • 8/10

Vote and Review

5/10

PROS

  • Has kid-friendly strains including L. Plantarium, B. Lactis and L. Acidophilus
  • Comes in berry flavor

CONS

  • Contains only 3 billion CFUs
  • Cost per tablet is higher compared to other probiotics
  • Most parents had to double the dosage to see better results*
The Bottom Line

Smarter Parents felt good about giving this berry-flavored probiotic tablet to their kids, but some say 3 billion CFUs was too weak. Those parents had to give twice as much to their children for any effective results. This was especially hard for those children who were having a difficult time chewing the tablet, either because of texture, taste, or size.

*Results are based on the Smarter Reviews Ranking System and do not necessarily reflect typical results from the use of these products. Please visit product websites for more information.

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Review

garden of life
Raw Probiotics Kids

Total Ranking

271 votes

7.9/10

C+

Overall Grade

  • Ingredient Safety
  • 7.3/10

  • Category Average
  • 8.3/10

  • Projected Effectiveness
  • 8.6/10

  • Category Average
  • 8.7/10

  • Value
  • 8.1/10

  • Category Average
  • 8.5/10

  • Return Policy
  • 7.2/10

  • Category Average
  • 8/10

  • Customer Satisfaction
  • 8.4/10

  • Category Average
  • 8/10

Vote and Review

5/10

PROS

  • Made with organic fruits and vegetables
  • Contains 5 billion CFUs

CONS

  • The L. Rhamnosis GG and L. Reuteri strains are not included
  • Powder doesn't mix well with some juices
  • Costly for a daily supplement
The Bottom Line

The raw fruits and vegetables made this a favorite among our Smarter Parents, but they wished the product was more soluble. Some parents also felt that the need to refrigerate the product was one obligation they could do without for the sake of convenience. Parents and kids are on-the-go and they need a probiotic that can keep up with their busy schedules.

*Results are based on the Smarter Reviews Ranking System and do not necessarily reflect typical results from the use of these products. Please visit product websites for more information.

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Review

Digestive Advantage Kids Daily Probiotic Gummies, 80 Count

Total Ranking

679 votes

7.4/10

C

Overall Grade

  • Ingredient Safety
  • 8/10

  • Category Average
  • 8.3/10

  • Projected Effectiveness
  • 7.6/10

  • Category Average
  • 8.7/10

  • Value
  • 7.8/10

  • Category Average
  • 8.4/10

  • Return Policy
  • 7.5/10

  • Category Average
  • 8/10

  • Customer Satisfaction
  • 6.2/10

  • Category Average
  • 8/10

Vote and Review

5/10

PROS

  • Kids enjoy the texture of the gummies
  • Children like the flavor

CONS

  • Only 500 million CFU's
  • Has fillers, gelatin
  • Contains 2 GMO ingredients, corn syrup and soy
  • No money-back guarantees
  • Some Smarter Parents reported a strong odor
The Bottom Line

Smarter Parents found that their kids enjoyed the gummy texture and candy flavor, but the formula was too weak to see any difference in the child's digestive health or immunity. The supplement only provides 500 million CFU's (colony forming units) or cells, as opposed to the billions that other probiotics offer. Many other parents were also turned off by the corn syrup and soy, which are considered GMOs (genetically modified organisms).

*Results are based on the Smarter Reviews Ranking System and do not necessarily reflect typical results from the use of these products. Please visit product websites for more information.

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Citations

  1. By Melissa Pandika, for OZY PUBLISHED November 14, 2014. National Geographic. National Geographic Society.
  2. Digestivehealthguide.com.
  3. Rochellys Diaz Heijtza, Shugui Wang, Farhana Anuard, Yu Qiana, Britta Bjorkholm Annika Samuelsson, Martin L. Hibberd, Hans Forssberg and Sven Pettersson.
  4. Ghose, Tia. LiveScience. TechMedia Network, 25 June 2015.
  5. National Center for Biotechnology Information. U.S. National Library of Medicine.
  6. Wong, Cathy ND. 7 Jan. 2015.

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