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One solid area of confusion for me is which good bacteria do I strive for in a Probiotic? For example I have read about the immune boosting effects with Florastor (s. boulardi), but then I read about Culturelle (Lactobacillus GG). I currently use Nature's Way Primadophilus which is a 7 strain formula (Lactobacillus Rhamnosus, Lactobacillus Casei, Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Bifidobacterium infantis, Bifidobacterium Bifidum, Bifidobacterium breve, Bifidobacterium longum) which doesn't contain either of the two bacteries mentioned in Florastor or Culturelle. Help my poor brain understand the difference. The thing about florastor and culturelle is they have tons of research (as in double blind, placebo controlled etc.) studies to support their effectiveness. We know they survive the digestion process to do their thing. We know they work against the nastiest of bugs (like c. diff). They are proven in other words. I use both. A doctor I trust likes Klaire labs and they seem to put a lot of research into their products. I have used those as well and likely will use them again.
Secondly I have a brand new container of Carlson Vit C Mild Crystals which is pure Calcium Ascorbate, buffered form of Vitamin C. But then I read here (and I know I am just skimming the surface here) that I should invest in SA as opposed to CA; is this correct and if so which brand?
I wouldn't add calcium in like that and we use SA ourselves. I use the Bronson brand. It's kind of pricey though.
Zinc I am complete loss on....that is totally missing from my cabinet although we do eat alot of greens, meat, yogurt, etc.
Optizinc is a chelated form that I would highly recommend if you need supplemental zinc. My kids do really well with extra zinc (oh, with your list meat is the only usable zinc containing food and the amounts vary according to the type of meat).
Do I only use Colostrum during an illness or as a form of preventive? Again another gray area for me. We use it as a preventative but my son has an immune system issue. I used to use it with illness. I use Holistic Heal site's colostrum. I used to use kirkman labs.
For your average person I don't think daily colostrum is needed. Healthy vitamin D levels would be very important though for all kinds of things including the immune system.
Rachelle, mommy to 8 year old boys!
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