Garden of Life makes many products, many of which are plant-based but if you are here, you’re wondering about Garden of Life’s probiotics specifically. As a plant-based Registered Dietitian who is passionate about the gut microbiome, I wanted to share with you my insights into researching Garden of Life probiotics. This list will serve as a launching pad for the best plant-based probiotics from Garden of Life and I’ll explain why but know that Garden of Life makes many more probiotic products that may be suitable for your unique condition as each of us has a very unique gut microbiome and the probiotics we consume will have a different effect on each of us. So while someone may be looking at probiotics to help with constipation, someone else may want to relieve gas, and someone else may want to help better control their weight. The reasons are vast and the strains of organisms can support us in different ways. All of that to say that sometimes in choosing the right probiotic, it’s a matter of trial and error to see how one works for you. It can also be a good idea to alternate the probiotics to consume varied strains and potentially diversifying your gut microbiome even more. Just a head’s up … you’ll see CFUs frequently – this stands for Culture Forming Units and is a way of measuring the organisms in the probiotics.
6 Best Plant-Based Garden of Life Probiotics
What We Love: Garden of Life’s ACV probiotic blend has 2 billion CFUs and 700mg of ACV along with methylated Vitamin B12 to help support the immune system. If you’re looking for a delicious probiotic, these gummies add a fun new twist to boring probiotic capsules. Plus, the addition of ACV is great as some people like taking that everyday for its varied health claims. The ACV Probiotic Gummies from Garden of Life are vegan and gelatin free while also being non-GMO verified and certified gluten free. Find Garden of Life’s Apple Cider Vinegar Probiotics HERE.
Considerations: 2 billion CFUs isn’t a ton so these probiotics would be better suited for someone who only wants to support their gut microbiome with some live active organisms (not a mega dose) and still consumes other prebiotic, high fiber foods and other probiotic containing foods.
What We Love: With less CFUs (5 billion per serving) that also contains Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium for digestive health, it’s more suitable than some of the mega doses for children or those wanting a little bit of support but not insane doses. Unlike most probiotics that are capsules, this one from Garden of Life for Kids comes in a chewable tablet, perfect for those who have impaired swallowing for whatever reason. Check out Garden of Life Probiotics for Kids HERE.
Considerations: There is also 400IU of Vitamin D3 in this probiotic. According to Garden of Life, the original source of the D3 used in the growing process comes from lanolin (derived from sheep’s wool) and although there is no lanolin in the finished product, they have labeled the product as Vegetarian and not Vegan as generally vegetarians do not have a problem consuming Vitamin D from Lanolin, while vegans generally do.
4. Garden of Life Dr. Formulated Once Daily Women’s Shelf Stable Probiotics 16 Strains, 50 Billion CFU Guaranteed Potency to Expiration, Gluten Dairy & Soy Free One a Day, Prebiotic Fiber
What We Love: This once daily probiotic supplement from Garden of Life contains Lactobaccilus acidophilus and Bifidobacteria that has been shown to help support digestive health and help relieve constipation. It’s specially formulated for women in that it contains L. reuteri and L. fermentum for vaginal health. It’s a shelf stable probiotic with 50 billion CFUs. Find Garden of Life’s Probiotic for Women HERE.
Considerations: If you aren’t a female, there’s nothing wrong with consuming L. reuteri and L. fermentum but you may not get the same benefit out of them.
3. Garden of Life Dr. Formulated Probiotics Platinum Series Restore 200 Billion CFU Guaranteed, High Potency Probiotic Formula, Vegan, Non-GMO, Gluten, Dairy Free Digestive Immune Support
What We Love: With the most CFUs at 200 Billion per serving and 11 different organism strains, this certified vegan probiotic is a great way to support your digestive health. It’s non-GMO certified and gluten free as well. Check out Garden of Life’s Platinum Restore Vegan Probiotic HERE.
Considerations: While refrigeration is not required, Garden of Life does suggest refrigerating this specific Platinum Restore Probiotic to extend the shelf life and keep as many CFUs alive in this vegan probiotic formulation.
2. Garden of Life Dr. Formulated Probiotics Mood+ – Acidophilus Probiotic Supplement – Promotes Emotional Health, Relaxation, Digestive Balance, Gluten Free
What We Love: With no refrigeration required in this vegetarian Garden of Life Probiotic for Mood, it can help support your emotional health and relaxation wherever you are. How is this Garden of Life probiotic for your mood you ask? Well, clinically studied probiotics L. Helveticus R0052 and B. Longum R0175 have been show to support mood, relaxation and emotional well-being. This probiotic also contains organic Ashwagandha (350mg) and organic Alaskan blueberries that have some links to reducing stress. Potentially improve you mood with this probiotic HERE.
Considerations: If you are 100% vegan, this formula is not vegan as some of the organisms were cultured in dairy although there is no dairy in the final product.
1. Probiotics For Women, Probiotics For Men And Adults: Raw Probiotics Ultimate Care 100 Billion CFU Shelf Stable Probiotic Supplement, Garden of Life Daily Probiotic, Digestive Enzymes, 30 Capsules
What We Love: This 100 billion CFU once daily probiotic supplement contains whole food strains to help replenish and restore beneficial bacteria and also include digestive enzymes to help with digestive health. There are no fillers added in this Garden of Life probiotic that contains strains like Lactobacillus acidophilus, paracasei, brevis, and bulgaricus as well as Bifidobacterium (Bifidobacteria) lactis and longing to support digestive health. Find Garden of Life Raw Probiotics HERE.
Considerations: If you have IBS or IBD, sometimes a large amount of probiotics (100billion CFU is a lot) can cause more GI issues like gas and bloating although this does not happen in everyone.
Hope that helped you out in navigating Garden of Life’s probiotics and hope you find one that works well for you! Comment below with any questions you may have and I’d love to try and help you out.