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Nov 29, 2013

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Our family tries to stay healthy. Given the wintry weather and all the coughing and sneezing that goes around during this time of the year, you can’t help but try everything you can to stay healthy.

Ever since I hurt my back a few months ago (seems like an eternity but it wasn’t THAT far back) and had that long chat with my massage therapist, I’ve taken a much more serious look at how our family can stay healthy. In particular, I decided to pick up the Natural Factors Children’s Multi Probiotic for my big kid. Why this brand? Well, I went to my trusty health food store and they suggested I try it so I did. Given that I’m a newbie when it comes to children’s probiotic, why not try Natural Factors Children’s Multi Probiotic?


Product Review: What ingredients are in the Natural Factors Children’s Multi Probiotic?

I know very little about probiotics. Here is what the bottle of Natural Factors Children’s Multi Probiotic tells me.

As you can see, the Natural Factors Children’s Multi Probiotic has a number of different strains of probiotics. What little I do know is that a good probiotic should have either the lactobacillus strain or the bifidobactecterium strand. This bottle of Natural Factors Children’s Multi Probiotic has both so that’s a very good thing. Other ingredients in the Natural Factors Children’s Multi Probiotic include: maltodextrin, silica, and ascorbic acid.

My thoughts on the ingredients in the Natural Factors Children’s Multi Probiotic? I don’t have any because I just don’t know enough about probiotics to comment. I’m not sure about the maltodextrin, I’ve heard that silica does good things (something about helping the skin), but that’s about all I can say. My only hope is that the probiotics will help keep my kid’s immune system functioning in peak form.


Product Review: How does Natural Factors Children’s Multi Probiotic taste?

At the time of this post, my child has been taking the Natural Factors Children’s Multi Probiotic for a few months. Depending on the day, she’ll either have ¼ teaspoon or ½ teaspoon of the Natural Factors Children’s Multi Probiotic. Take a good look at the photo: this is what the Natural Factors Children’s Multi Probiotic looks like. It’s pretty unassuming.

When I first purchased the bottle of Natural Factors Children’s Multi Probiotic, I wasn’t sure my child would be willing to eat it. The staff at the health food store reassured me and said that most children will readily eat the probiotics because they have a slight sweet taste and can be added to just about anything.

Does my kid like Natural Factors Children’s Multi Probiotic? Yes, she does and she took to it quite quickly. From the first day, she was interested in trying the Natural Factors Children’s Multi Probiotic. She said it tasted yummy like rice (or a carb of some sort. I’m experiencing brain fog again – typing too late at night!). Over the past few months, she’s had the Natural Factors Children’s Multi Probiotic plain or sprinkled on top of a variety of foods. She’s also quite happy to just lick what’s left directly off her plate!

I’ve tasted the Natural Factors Children’s Multi Probiotic too and quite frankly, I don’t know how to describe it. It’s gritty but dissolves readily in your mouth. The texture reminds me of finely ground gelatin and it has just the slightest hint of sweetness. It doesn’t seem to alter the taste of the foods that it gets sprinkled on.


Product Review: Does Natural Factors Children’s Multi Probiotic work?

I’ll be honest, I have no idea whether or not probiotics work. What I can tell you is that to date, my big kid continues to take it daily. She’ll often have it with fruit after her dinner. There seems to be mixed messages about the best time to take probiotics. After talking to the in-house nutritionist at my local health food store, regardless of the optimal time to take the probiotics, taking it is still better than NOT taking it. I couldn’t agree with her more. While I can’t tell if the Natural Factors Children’s Multi Probiotic is technically working, if I take a look at how my kid is currently faring against the winter elements, I’d say something good is in motion. (notice I’m being relatively vague about the whole thing – that’s intentional. Let’s not pull a Murphy’s Law on this one, shall we?).


Verdict:

Would I recommend Natural Factors Children’s Multi Probiotic? Yes, I would. Despite not having real hard evidence to support the benefits of taking Natural Factors Children’s Multi Probiotic, I still think it’s good to support the body’s immune system. A healthy gut helps the immune system. The Natural Factors Children’s Multi Probiotic is easy to incorporate in to your child’s food routine. With the crazy winter weather in full effect, I think the supportive help that Natural Factors Children’s Multi Probiotic offers is a definite bonus and gives me some peace of mind.

Note: yucky winter season means we also have to stay vigilant on all that hand washing and making sure we do the elbow sneeze and elbow cough!

Second note: I’m so incredibly tired, this is probably not one of my best reviews and I can only hope that I’m coherent. Long story short: try Natural Factors Children’s Multi Probiotic!

 

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