The Professional Formula contains more robust organic acids, which modify the pH of the colon allowing for greater cohesion and proliferation of the LAB strains. People with severely compromised immune systems or GI tract health conditions receive benefit from this due to their dysbiosis. Dysbiosis is the imbalance of micro-flora and colonic pH, which is caused by too few colonies of friendly flora and organic acids. The Professional Formula has been fermented for 5 years whereas the Original Formula has been fermented for 3 years. The longer the fermentation, the more potent the formula is. In the Professional Formula, on colonization, the LAB strains will double themselves every 30 minutes for the first 8 hours. There are identical ingredients to Dr. Ohhira's Probiotics 12 PLUS Original Formula and Professional Formula but tweaked during the fifth year of processing to provide organic acids that are more robust than those contained in the Original Formula. The CFU of the lactic acid bacteria may be less than in the Original Formula due to the natural variation of ingredients and the more complex manufacturing process. In addition, the potency of the micronutrient by-products is maximized to expedite the adhesion of the good bacteria in the colon.
Posted by iHerb Customer on Nov 21, 2010 | Verified Purchase
Works like a miracle on intestines. I hope and pray it works for anyone who tries. Just a word of caution, if your intestinal health is not very good, begin with just one capsule, and preferably "not" on empty stomach (may cause bloating/diarrhea). As you get better move on to taking empty stomach, and increase the dose gradually.
Posted by iHerb Customer on Nov 16, 2010 | Verified Purchase
Dr. Ohira's probiotics have gotten rid of my gas/bloating and my 3 y/o daughter's diarrhea on multiple occasions. I take them daily now and give them to her for maintenance.
Posted by iHerb Customer on Mar 01, 2010 | Verified Purchase
I've tried various probiotics and though they all seem to deliver the same results, I feel that this really helps on a consistent basis. Its stability in regulating my digestive tracts is the reason I reorder. I don't know how this is different from the original grade (which I've tried as well) in terms of effects, but I feel like I can't go back now that I'm in the professional grade...
Posted by iHerb Customer on Sep 20, 2008 | Verified Purchase
Just took a round of antibiotics in the hospital,because of perforated diverticulitis, these have really helped.
Posted by iHerb Customer on Apr 19, 2008 | Verified Purchase
Fast-acting probiotic. We don't leave home without it. It is pricier than other probiotics but we haven't found any that work better and we've been using different ones for over 4 years. A little goes a long way. Our 5-year old takes it too, no problem. Highly recommended.
Posted by iHerb Customer on Dec 15, 2016 | Verified Purchase
The capsules in the professional formula are much smaller than in the original formula, making them a lot easier to swallow. I started taking the original formula to help with gut health and after two months I didn't reorder. That month my moods were all over the place. I reordered the probiotics and as soon as I started taking them again I felt so much happier. The next time I reordered iherb was out of stock of the original formula so I tried the professional formula and now I like this one better because of the small size of the capsules. There are lots of other benefits to taking these, but I especially love how they make me feel happy.
Posted by iHerb Customer on Mar 31, 2013 | Verified Purchase
this is indeed somewhat better than the original formula but unfortunately i'm not sure the price difference is really worth it. i do have to admit that taking 3 of these 2 times daily along with raw probiotics from garden of life has protected me from a yeast (candida) infection during my last course of antibiotics. plus i didn't get the usual stomach ache that antibiotics cause me. plus it gives my skin a nice glow, but i need to take at least 4 a day to get this particular benefit. i once took this for 4 months and its effects lasted 6-8 months afterwards which is great since most supplements stop working quite shortly after stopping their use. i do have to admit i didn't watch my diet as closely as i should have (i do like sweets a lot :( )
Posted by iHerb Customer on Jul 18, 2010 | Verified Purchase
HAve had a lot of antibiotics due to a tooth absys and decided that I need to build my stomach bacteria back up. Have had a lot of stomach issues the last couple of years. Only a month into taking these but so far my stomach has been better. I have heard nothing but praise for this product and so far it hasn't disappointed. no side effects whatsoever.
Posted by iHerb Customer on Mar 04, 2010 | Verified Purchase
I have suffered from IBS for many ears, and tried other probiotics. This was the first one that both did some good and did not make me sick.
Posted by iHerb Customer on Mar 03, 2009 | Verified Purchase
I love this product. Within a week things were working out well with my digestive tract. I am definantly going to buy this product again and again. Even my husband is using this.