Do Vegans Need Probiotics

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What is a good source of probiotics?

For vegans who don’t eat yogurt, what is a good source for probiotics? Probably not Kimchi, as you noted its harmful effects in another video!

2RHealth / Originally posted on Gut Flora & Obesity


Commercial yogurt of any kind (soy, rice, cow, or coconut) is an insufficient source of the level of probiotic bacteria found effective in treating diarrheal illnesses, inflammatory bowel disease, and irritable bowel syndrome. Yeah, kimchi may not be a good idea.

A plant-based diet appears to naturally modulate one’s gut flora. See, for example, my videos Boosting Good Bacteria in the Colon Without Probiotics and Tipping Firmicutes to Bacteroidetes. If, however, you need to bring out the big guns for therapeutic usage or to repopulate your gut after a round of antibiotics, allow me to refer you to the advice of one of my medical mentors, Dr. Michael Klaper, who has some great probiotic tips and insight.

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Michael Greger M.D., FACLM

Michael Greger, M.D. FACLM, is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit, testified before Congress, appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and The Colbert Report, and was invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous "meat defamation" trial.

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  1. I Found a way to Grow Probiotic bacteria. It’s very simple, and you get X1,000,000 good bacteria then just the supplements. it’s cheap and efficient. all you need is a small bottle, Jarrow probiotic supplement, and a banana or other sweet fruit. this will blow your mind.

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  2. “Probiotics are best consumed one hour before meals or two hours after eating” – This statement by Dr Klaper is what we once thought. Testing shows that the best time to take probiotics is with meals.

  3. Any high dose probiotics that are vegan and that have worked? Someone suggested that I used RAW Probiotics™ 5-Day Max Care but it isn’t vegan. I am flatulating frequently but the main problem is the smell. It could literally kill someone. It’s pretty bad.

  4. I am interested in making vegan kefir with almond milk. I don’t find anything on your website concerning kefir. Have any studies been done on vegan kefir and is it safe and effective to make it yourself?

  5. I love this site and the information contained. The more I learn, the more I realize that there are many complexities to diet. I’ve been nearly vegan for almost three years. 1% of my calories come from cheese, butter, and eggs which are usually mixed in foods like bread or cake. So I had a wisdom tooth pulled and took antibiotics that wiped out my stomach (cramps, diarrhea, etc). While trying to recover I tried to stay vegan with kimchi, pickles, miso , soy sauce. It didn’t work after 3-4 days. Other recommended products like kefir are hard to find. I don’t care for Sauerkraut. I then tried probiotic yogurt and soft cheese. 2 days things got better. I’m wondering if anyone has had the same experience where they had stomach bacteria wiped out then got it all back without using dairy. I like having a plant based diet but it is very important to understand things like vitamin B supplements. I’m wondering if probiotics are another needed supplement.

    1. I have psoriatic arthritis. The Pharmaceutical medicine is MTX , effective but the side effects are awful. After reading research by NYC university, published by NPF , i asked a dietician and herbalist about probiotics.
      I take a capsule with breakfast, the result excellent. The joint aches have almost gone.
      When i read your diet, Darrin, I thought poor boy. I eat fruit and vegetables, as much as possible sourced from non- commercial farms. When travelling in countries like Indonesia and stomach bugs cause havoc, i always eat papaya. Indonesians call it old ladies’ food. Perhaps tgat as well as the ubiquity of papaya means it is very cheap. Seriously a good fruit for anyone, papaya contains pectinase. Very soothing for all stomach ailments.

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