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#1 kellyjelly

Posted 18 March 2008 - 12:05 PM

Hi, i've been hunting on the net for a Dairy Free Probiotic.

I've been told that any of the probiotic with Lactobacillus sp. are made with/from/using bovine products and they are actually infact not totally "Dairy Free".
So i'm on the hunt for a probiotic with Bifido sp bacteria only....if one exists.

Does anyone have any experience with Dairy Free Probiotics for children who are allergic to Dairy products? I would love your feedback...........especially if your child has used a probiotic with Lacto sp and had no adverse reactions.

Also i've noticed on the ingredients for one "Dairy Free Probiotic" is Lactobacillus Acidophilus (NCFM) Organisms........does anyone have any idea what NCFM stands for?

thanks for your help in advance

#2 bestaussiemum

Posted 18 March 2008 - 12:49 PM

DS has a dairy allergy. We buy soy life yoghurt that contains probiotics. I am unsure of types,etc.I would have checked for you but I seem to have thrown out the box.  blush.gif

#3 shell~

Posted 18 March 2008 - 11:30 PM

We use a 'kids alive' Tummy Health kids probiotic which is chewable and marked dairy and lactose free. We use this one because DS has multiple allergies and I was told this was the best to use (please note he's not allergic to dairy though)

The consumer information panel says it only contains Kyo-Dophilus, equivilent to lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium longum and Bifobacterium bificum. Not so sure about this though as the write up on the side panel says it 'contains' two strains of Bifidobacerium and one straing of Lactobacillus. The website also says it is 'Free from added sucrose, gluten, yeast, wheat, milk derivatives, preservatives and artificial flavours'.  I'm sure you've already seen this one, but if you haven't, it might be worth speaking with a health care professional or contacting the manufacturer (07) 97560400 or www.totallynatural.com.au

I did a quick google search and it showed that NCFM is the progenitor of the strain being used for complete chromosome sequencing and therefore will be a cornerstone strain for understanding the relationship between genetics and probiotic functionality..  Hope this makes more sense to you than it does to me!

#4 pipnpop

Posted 21 March 2008 - 12:11 AM

Hi we are using the Kids Alive Tummy Health and my son is anaphylactic to dairy and we have had no adverse reactions...original.gif

#5 Nics

Posted 22 March 2008 - 02:28 PM

We use Kids Alive Tummy Health as well and have done for the past 6 months (no reactions here at all and we have a dairy allergy amongst a few others!) I also use Inner Health Dairy Free powder....  they also make that in tablet/capsule form too...

#6 bzzzbee

Posted 22 March 2008 - 06:25 PM

A nutritionist (and also a naturopath) recommended Metagenics Ultra Flora Plus DF, according to them it's one of the better probiotics (more live organisms per dose apparently) and is dairy free.  We also use Progurt with soymilk.

I think any of the other brands would be fine though.  My son also likes Soylife yogurt but I wouldn't rely on their probiotics as most of the organisms have died (same with regular yogurt) by the time it gets to the supermarket, they don't last long.

#7 kellyjelly

Posted 22 March 2008 - 07:16 PM

thank you so much for all your replies.
you've been a great help. biggrin.gif

#8 simple

Posted 26 March 2008 - 01:50 PM

Just wondering if anyone can clarify further...

MY DD's paed recommended Inner Health Plus powder for DD who is dairy/soy/egg intolerant.  When I took his note to the chemist, they gave me Inner Health Plus for Kids. I started giving it to DD and then read in another EB thread that this version contains dairy and that I should have bought the Inner Health Plus DAIRY FREE powder instead.  So I went back to the chemist and bought the dairy free version, but emailed the people who make inner health plus to check.  The reply I got stated that Inner Health for Kids IS dairy free. I am so confused. It says in the ingredients that it contains lactobacillus acidophilus (NCFM) organisms, which is what the OP was wanting to know more about.  Do you think the person who replied to my email actually knows what they are talking about????  
Can anyone shed further light on what NCFM means?
My local chemist doesn't have the Kids Alive Tummy Health one so I'm not sure what to do now.

Edited by simple, 26 March 2008 - 01:52 PM.

#9 Phascogale

Posted 28 March 2008 - 08:09 PM

I would think that the person who sent you an email from the company would know whether their product was dairy free.  And I would trust their opinion more than someone on EB.

Was there anything on the label to suggest that it contained dairy?

Could that EB person have confused the fact that there are two adult versions of inner health plus.  That that contains dairy and one that doesn't?  And have nothing at all to do with the kids one.  I don't know.

Also the NCFM on the end of Lactobacillis acidophillus is just the strain used - no idea what it actually means and could be related to the gene sequencing.  But it's still L. acidophillus.  This particular strain is the one that's mainly used in commercial preparations - it could also be related to how it's actually manufactured.

#10 grumpy monkey

Posted 02 April 2008 - 01:09 AM


Edited by krisp, 09 August 2009 - 12:10 PM.

#11 simple

Posted 02 April 2008 - 11:11 AM

Hi krisp

The email regarding Inner Health Powder for Kids definitely stated that it was dairy free. I guess i just find it BIZARRE that the label explicitly states that it is "free from wheat, eggs, yeast and artificial flavours, colours and sweetners" but says nothing about being dairy free. Why not put that on the label too????  More to the point, the very same company makes another probiotic powder that is "Inner Health Dairy Free Powder".  Why would they need to make a separate one if the Inner Health for Kids really is dairy free?  So strange...

#12 Phascogale

Posted 02 April 2008 - 07:33 PM

It may just be old label stock they are using up as to why it's not on the label.  Someone might've forgotten to put it on and hence had lots of labels printed but it doesn't mean that it's wrong.

If you are really worried then just use the adult version but in a child appropriate dosage.

#13 simple

Posted 02 April 2008 - 08:45 PM

Sorry, I probably should have added that although I find it weird, I believe them now (rang to check!).  But I still reckon it is a bit silly not to have dairy free on the label if you're going to the effort of stating that it is free of other ingredients.

#14 grumpy monkey

Posted 02 April 2008 - 11:55 PM


Edited by krisp, 09 August 2009 - 12:11 PM.

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