Renew Life Ultimate Flora Extra Care is another popular probiotic supplement. Renew Life offers several different formulas for different purposes and gut problems. This review is mainly about their standard probiotic supplement. But I also comment briefly on other formulas to see what else they offer.
One thing that makes Ultimate Flora different from many other probiotic supplements is its high bifido count, 30 billion. The bifido cultures are most prevalent in your large intestine or colon. For whom would Ultimate Flora be especially beneficial? Read on to learn more.
Ultimate Flora Extra Care features
Ultimate Flora Extra Care is designed to support the balance in the small and large intestines where many gut problems occur. For example, after the use of antibiotics many people suffer problems in the small and large intestines. Ultimate Flora reflects serious research and their homepage is very informative and clearly outlines the quality, ingredients, guarantees, mission and manufacturing principles.
Summary of features
- One capsule contains 30 billion active Bifido bacteria from six strains residing in the large intestine
- 20 billion active Lactobacilli cultures from six strains; supporting mainly the small intestine
- Delayed release helps deliver bacteria live and active through the harsh stomach environment
- In total 12 different bacteria are used, all well-researched and with well known health benefits
- A total of 50 billion active bacteria per capsule, which is excellent!
- Potency guaranteed until expiration
- Enteric-coated vegetable capsules
- Free of gluten and dairy
Excellent when on antibiotics
Ultimate Flora’s high count of Bifido bacteria makes it a great choice when on antibiotics. Antibiotics can devastate the intestinal flora and wipe out many of the essential bacteria responsible for your gut’s well-being. Therefore, compensating is vital before, during and after the use of antibiotics. Be aware that in some cases, the gut may need up to a year to fully recover from the effects of antibiotics. It’s usually best to start consuming probiotics the moment your doctor prescribes antibiotics. This will build up greater resistance to the onslaught of antibiotics.
What about cost?
The price for a box with 60 capsules is around $49.00 (June 2018). The dose is one capsule per day which should be enough in most cases. However, adjust the dosage according to your needs. If you’re on a low budget and have no serious or chronic gut problems, try using one capsule every second day. It’s half the price, but the effect is still noticeable. However, in case of inflammation, pain, infection or similar, you might need more than one capsule per day. Or even better, try the stronger formula below.
NOTE: This is a potent supplement. Therefore, some might experience side effects in case of gut infections. For most people symptoms last for a few days and are completely harmless. If this happens, try lowering the dose by emptying a capsule in a glass of water and drink this slowly during the day. Increase the dose after a few weeks when the digestive tract environment has improved.
Ultimate Flora verdict
One of the best probiotic supplements available. Ultimate Flora Extra Care has the hallmark of a very well composed supplement. Independent lab tests reveal a very high-quality supplement that is pure and safe. There are also many satisfied customers adding to the trust. You will not be wasting your money on this one.
Other Ultimate Flora probiotics
Ultimate Flora offers a range of probiotic formulas, each recommended for specific needs. As far as I can see in this review, they all keep the same high standard.
Ultimate Flora Extra Care 200 Billion. This is a 7-day intensive program for around $22. Each serving contains 200 billion CFU. This much bacteria is effective during illness, when on antibiotics or when travelling abroad with increased risk of infection. It can be used as an intense remedy for a week or more to quickly restore gut balance and fight off bacteria and yeast infections or just for a gut detox. I’ve come across people claiming that this supplement is effective for depressions, especially when taken together with larger doses of omega-3 oil like fish or krill oil. However, this should be done under the direction of a health-care professional.
If your gut is infected by harmful bacteria or candida yeast, you might experience a headache, flu-like symptoms, diarrhoea, skin rashes, or constipation. If such case, lower the dose until symptoms disappear. Most symptoms are completely harmless.
Ultimate Flora Adult Formula. This formula is aimed for people aged 15 to 49. It contains 15 billion bacteria in each capsule; 10 strains of bifido and lactobacilli. This supplement has a bit lower price ($52 for 90 caps), for those who need a stable, daily maintenance dose. For this purpose, it is an excellent supplement.
Ultimate Flora Adult, for ages 50+. Contains 30 billion CFU per capsule from 10 bacteria strains. It is known that, as we grow older, the digestive tract needs more support to keep running smoothly. Therefore, adding more bacteria is a good way to compensate. And there is little to no risk to overdose. The digestive tract naturally contains trillions of bacteria.
Because each person has a unique gut, you just have to try see which supplement best covers your needs. For some 15 billion might be enough, others need more. In any case, Ultimate Flora Probiotic formulas are all of high quality and any of them will have a positive effect on the gut.