Garden of Life Dr. Formulated Probiotics Review

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Detailed review of Garden of Life Dr. Formulated Probiotics. See how this probiotic supplement compares against all the others!

Garden of Life Dr. Formulated Probiotics ReviewProduct Name:  Garden of Life Dr. Formulated Probiotics Once Daily Women’s 50 Billion CFU

Overall Rating:  4 Star Review

Type:  Capsule (Vegetarian)

Capsule Size:  24mm X 8mm

Price:  $33.59

Serving Size:  1 Capsule Per Day

Servings Included:  30

Cost Per Day:  $1.11

Live Cultures Guaranteed Through/At:  Expiration date (under recommended storage conditions – store in a cool, dry place)

Main Ingredients and Cell Count(s):  Women’s Daily Probiotic Blend (248 mg) – 16 strains & 50 billion CFU including:  Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus paracasei, Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Lactobacillus brevis, Lactobacillus reuteri, Lactobacillus salivarius, Lactobacillus fermentum, Lactobacillus gasseri, Lactobacillus rhamnosus [Total Lacto Cultures – 40 Billion CFU], Bifidobacterium lactis, Bifidobacterium bifidum, Bifidobacterium breve, Bifidobacterium infantis, Bifidobacterium longum [Total Bifido Cultures – 10 Billion CFU), Organic Prebiotic Fiber Blend – 377 mg (Organic Potato [Resistant Starch] (tuber), Organic Acacia Fiber (A. Senegal)

Satisfaction Guarantee?:  Yes

Best Used As:  Supplement for promoting women’s health (vaginal, immune & digestive system)

Where To Buy:  Click Here

Overall Opinion:

I feel like I’ve been hitting some duds in the probiotic department lately and Garden of Life Dr. Formulated Probiotics was a pleasant surprise for me.

I’ve passed by this exact probiotic a handful of times while perusing the supplements at my beloved Whole Foods store.

So I was super excited when it came time to try it out myself.  And needless to say, I wasn’t disappointed!

I gave this probiotic a whopping 4 out of 5 stars, which is a rarity from me!

I’m so picky and have tried out hundreds of probiotics that have left me wowed, underwhelmed and everywhere in between.

Typically, I’m not a big fan of these crazy potent probiotics.  It has a staggering 50 billion CFU and 16 different probiotic strains.

But I’m pleasantly surprised with how much I love this one.

It’s a doctor-formulated blend specifically for women’s vaginal, digestive, and immune health.

You just take 1 capsule daily and it can be taken with or without food (mega points for easy breeziness).

The capsules are vegetarian (more points added) and can be opened up and put directly into water or juice.

So that’s wonderful if you’re not a fan of swallowing pills.

The pill bottle has a convenient, easy to open flip top but more importantly uses desiccant-lined bottle technology for shelf stable probiotics.  AKA no refrigeration required, YAY!  Just store them in a cool, dry place.

I definitely saw a difference after taking this probiotic for a month.  I struggle with frequent yeast infections and painful IBS symptoms like constipation, bloating, and uncomfortable gas.

I was so happy to see some relief from all of these issues!

The ingredients are very allergy friendly and are gluten free, dairy free, soy free, non-GMO verified, and free of any icky artificial ingredients, fillers, or sweeteners.

Three little extra things I noticed are that Garden Of Life buys 100% certified renewable energy, the box is printed with vegetable based inks on 100% recycled material, and the bottle itself is recyclable, too.  Super cool and a plus for the environment!

The company offers a 30- day satisfaction guarantee if you’re not happy with the product.

I’m incredibly happy with this probiotic but my job is to knit pick these supplements for you all, so let me switch over to what I don’t like.

The capsules themselves are a bit larger but they do contain a ton of ingredients, so it makes sense they’d be bigger in size.

This formula is intended for adults only (specifically women) and aren’t safe for children.

Garden of Life Dr. Formulated Probiotics is definitely expensive and costs more than your typical probiotic, but I do believe the price is worth it.

I did get some negative side effects in the first few days of taking it, which is never fun but luckily they subsided after the first week.

All in all, I’m very impressed and pleased with this probiotic and I’d recommend it for women as a daily supplement especially if you need some intensive care.

The Details:

Ingredients/Strain Profile

No surprise here, Garden of Life Dr. Formulated Probiotics has 50 billion CFU and 16 probiotic strains.

This is absolutely a powerful probiotic and I usually don’t like brands that are overly potent but this one was different.

A board-certified neurologist, David Perlmutter, M.D, formulated this probiotic exclusively for women and their specific needs.

It uses a high probiotic count and diverse strains to support women’s vaginal health, immune system, and digestive system.

40 billion CFU come from Lactobacillus cultures and 10 billion CFU come from Bifidobacterium.

One strain I really like is Lactobacillus reuteri.

Lactobacillus reuteri (L. reuteri) is a well-studied probiotic bacterium that is naturally found our skin, urinary tract, and gastrointestinal tract and is in breast milk.

Studies suggest that L. reuteri can produce antimicrobial molecules, which makes it able to prevent the colonization of harmful pathogens in the body.  This strain benefits the immune system by reducing the production of inflammatory proteins while encouraging the growth of regulatory T cells (cells that regulate our trusty immune system).

Additional research shows that L. reuteri is able to strengthen the intestinal barrier and supplementation of this probiotic may be a potential preventative or therapeutic way to fight inflammatory diseases.

Another probiotic strain to make note of is Lactobacillus fermentum.

One study shows that women taking a daily oral capsule of L. fermentum (coupled with L. rhamnosus – which is also in this strain profile) is able to significantly reduce yeast, increase vaginal lactobacilli, and help prevent potential harmful bacteria and yeast from colonizing in the vagina.  These stats were found at day 28, 60 and 90 of the treatment.

The study states it’s safe to take these 2 probiotic strains daily and encourages it for the vaginal benefits.

Take note that it may take up to a month to start seeing some changes, so make sure you stick with your daily supplement for at least 30 days in order to benefit from the friendly bacteria.

Lactobacillus fermentum may also be beneficial for the GI tract, alleviating constipation, improving mood and cognitive function, and increasing lactose tolerance.

Garden of Life Dr. Formulated Probiotics includes an organic prebiotic fiber blend in the ingredients, which is very helpful.

Prebiotic fiber acts as a natural fertilizer to the friendly bacteria and helps them thrive.

Allergy Concerns

I’m pretty blown with this formula.

It’s so allergy friendly and Garden of Life seem to go the extra mile for us.

This is a raw probiotic supplement that’s gluten free, dairy free, and soy free.

The capsules are also vegetarian (which is a fantastic plus) and it’s non-GMO verified.

There are no carriers, fillers, artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives.

I’m just so impressed and also mind blown because there’s nothing extra in these capsules and I don’t even know how it’s possible.

The other ingredients only include:  Non-GMO vegetable cellulose (capsule).

Talk about a pure product!


We’ve got an expensive probiotic on our hands with this one.

On the Garden Of Life website, a 30 capsule bottle is $33.59.

I’m not sure if this price ever really changes but it say it’s normally $41.99, but sometimes they just use this as a sales tactic and it’s always the discounted price.

You just take 1 capsule daily, so the bottle lasts 1 month.

The cost of a daily serving works out to $1.11, which is notably higher than your average probiotic.

I’m all about cost friendly products and this one is very expensive.

Nonetheless, the value matches the price and I think it’s a very solid product.

So I’m okay with the higher price tag and really enjoy this supplement.

Side Effects

This probiotic is very strong, so I assumed I’d experience some side effects.

My assumption was right and I definitely had side effects for the first few days.

It wasn’t awful but I was very aware of the symptoms.

My belly was cramping and I felt bloated.

Thankfully it only lasted a few days while my body adjusted to the probiotic.

If you’re new to probiotics, be very careful with this one!

Don’t take more than the recommended dose of 1 daily.

It says you can open these capsules up, so if you have a super sensitive stomach or friendly bacteria is new territory for you, and then maybe only take half the dose.

For instance, open the capsule and pour half in your drink or however you’d like to take it and gradually up the amount throughout the first week.

This is just a personal recommendation but it may help ease you into this more potent probiotic!


Luckily, Garden of Life does have a guarantee for you!

Especially since this probiotic is on the more expensive end.

If you’re not satisfied with your purchase, you can return the item within 30 days of purchase.

All refunds will be applied to the original method of payment.

To return an item, just contact their Customer Service page.

You’ll need your name, order number, and the item number of the product you’re returning.

They ask not to return your items to their corporate address and any items returned to their corporate office won’t be refunded.

Where To Buy

To buy Garden of Life Dr. Formulated Probiotics, click here.

Garden of Life Dr. Formulated Probiotics: Summary

Factor Garden of Life Dr. Formulated Probiotics
Overall Rating 4 Star Review
Best Used As Women’s supplement for intensive care and for vaginal, digestive, and immune system support
Ingredient Profile 50 billion CFU in 16 probiotic strains, Organic prebiotic fiber blend
Allergy Concerns No allergy concerns
Price/Value $33.59 for 30 capsules (1 month supply)
Side Effects Yes, some stomach cramping and bloating for the first few days
Guarantee 30-day, satisfaction guarantee
Where To Buy Click Here

Garden of Life Dr. Formulated Probiotics Review

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