Bifidobacteria probiotics – best bang for the buck!

A reader asked for some guidance on selecting Bifidobacteria as a result of a prior post.  Assuming labelling is truthful, I attempted to estimate the cost per CFU (Community Forming Units) below. The minimum goal is at least 5 billion CFU (based on the sparse research available). Five Strain Bifidobacteria came out the clear winner — and most expensive starting cost. Klaire Labs Ther-Biotic Factor 4 is 2nd place with a much lower starting cost.

Formula:   Cost /(Dosages x CFU) i.e. cost / Total CFU in product

 Brand

Bifido CFU Per Dose

 Mixture?

Base Price

Dosages

Price per B CFU

NOW Foods Acidophilus/bifidus

4.0 Billion

 

$30.00

240

$0.031

ProBiota Bifido

10 Billion

Only

$42.00

60

$0.070

Life Extension Bifido GI Balance

2 Billion

 

Align

1 Billion

 Only

 $26.00

 42

 $1.62

Renew Life Ultimate Flora Probiotic Formula

25 Billion

 Only

 $22

 30

 $0.029

Natren Bifido Factor Dairy Free

2 Billion

 

 

 

 

FloraBaby

3 Billion

 

 

 

 

Klaire Labs Ther-Biotic Factor 4

10 Billion

Only

$30.00

60

$0.050

Nature Made Digestive Probiotics Advance Dual Support

2 Billion

 

 

 

 

Active Balance High Potency Probiotic

n/a

 

 

 

 

Bayer TruBiotics

n/a

< 1 Billion

 

 

 

CVS Digestive Probiotics

n/a

< 1 Billion

 

 

 

Pearls Elite

n/a 

< 2 Billion

 

 

 

Florajen 3

7.5 Billion

 

$25.00

60

$0.056

Kyo-Dophilus

n/a

< 1 billion

 

 

 

Life Start 2

2 Billion

Only

$37.00

60

$0.308

Nature Made Triple Probiotic

n/a

< 5 billion

 

 

 

Nature’s Way Primadophilus Intensive

60 Billion

 

$45.00

30

$0.025

Philips Colon Health

n/a

< 1 billion

 

 

 

Probioplus DDS

n/a

< 3 billion

 

 

 

Five Strain Bifidobacteria

200 Billion

Only

$130.00

60

$0.011

Feel free to ping me to compute the numbers for other offerings.