What do Probiotic CFUs and Strains Actually Mean? Here’s Your Explainer

City Women & co

December 05, 2018 at 11:20AM

If you’ve taken a stroll down the probiotics aisle at your local pharmacy, you’ve probably been bombarded with an overload of numbers and various acronyms for which the only appropriate response is, “Huh??”

But understanding the specific benefits of probiotics is vital to your friendship with your gut—so where do you start? “Not all probiotics are made equal,” Maggie Johnle, manager of innovation at Renew Life says. “Look for a diverse group of scientifically studied strains that you can easily take each day.”

Still, it?s important to understand terms like “strains” and “CFUs” when they keep popping up on every bottle. So to help decode the wonderful world of probiotics for you, we asked Johnle to break things down. 

Keep scrolling to find out more about the benefits of probiotics and what CFUs and strains actually mean—and why they?re important when you?re probiotic shopping. 

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