Florastor vs Align
November 3, 2008 | By Rachel Leone

What is Florastor?


Florastor is a one-strain probiotic supplement available in a plastic bottle that can be taken from one to six times per day. Atypical to probiotics, it uses yeast, saccharomyces boulardii, instead of bacteria. Although the term probiotic is most commonly associated with good bacteria, this type of yeast, taken from tropical fruits, is still categorized as a probiotic. Florastor was discovered in South East Asia in 1923. Over 80 clinical and pharmaceutical trials have shown the benefits of Florastor.


What is Align?


Align, available in a 28 capsule blister packet, is a one-strain probiotic supplement that can be taken once daily. Align is the only product consisting of a patented probiotic: bifantis (bifidobacterium infantis 35624), developed by gastroenterologists.


Florastor vs Align - Ingredients

Florastor: 250 mg of active saccharomyces boulardii lyo, lactose, magnesium stearate, hydroxypropylmethylcellulose, titanium dioxide.


Align: 1 billion colony-forming units bifantis (bifidobacterium infantis 35624), microcrystalline cellulose, hypromellose, sugar, magnesium, milk protein, titanium dioxide, sodium citrate dihydrate, propyl gallate, FD&C blue #1, riboflavin.


Florastor vs Align - Advantages

Florastor:

  • 5 billion CFUs
  • Saccharomyces boulardii lyo has been tested and used for over 50 years
  • Doctor recommended
  • OK for children
  • Improves and maintains probiotics in the intestinal flora

Align:

  • Patented probiotic - bifantis (bifidobacterium infantis 35624)
  • Developed by gastroenterologists
  • Product of the Procter & Gamble Corporation, started in 1837
  • Keeps pathogenic organisms at bay

Florastor vs Align - Disadvantages

Florastor:

  • Cost is higher than many probiotics
  • Only one probiotic strain
  • Contains titanium dioxides
  • Lacks prebiotic

Align:

  • Only 1 billion colony forming units
  • Only one probiotic strain
  • Contains titanium dioxides
  • Lacks prebiotic

Florastor vs Align - Recommendations

When reviewing Florastor vs Align, both are generally respected probiotic products. Florastor has been on the market for much longer, but usually costs more. Florastor and Align have their benefits, but other probiotics could provide more digestive support.*


The best probiotic products contain at least 10 billion colony forming units of two to three different bacteria strains. Too many strains of bacteria can be harsh on your digestive system. The Bifidobacterium Bifidum and Lactobacillus Acidophilus bacteria strains are highly recommended. A prebiotic, such as inulin powder or chicory root, ties everything together acting as a food source for the good bacteria to help them grow and colonize.*

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