This Health Balance Complete Probiotic review is about uncovering and dissecting everything there is worth knowing about this Probiotic product.
To make that happen, we’ll first look a the product page and discuss briefly the promotional materials and claims they make. After, we’ll dive right in first with the beneficial ingredients and then also with the inactive ones (those that function much like a “glue”). And then, a reality check in the form of customer reviews and global success rates.
The goal here is to create an article so thorough that there would not be a need for you to ever look at another supplement review for this specific thing. Therefore, if there is a section or aspect I haven’t covered but you’re interested in, let me know. And I’ll add that as well.
Health Balance Complete Probiotic Review – Initial Thoughts & Overview
Typically, I like to make this section all about exploring the promotional materials and claims associated with any particular supplement. But with Health Balance Complete Probiotic, that’s not exactly possible, at least given my current location. Health Balance is brand of Costco. And Costco doesn’t like people residing in EU. Probably due to GDPR and stuff [R]
Hence, throughout this, we’ll look at what we can learn from the supplement label instead. But I have to admit, the info there is pretty limited.
So, Health Balance Complete Probiotic is eight Probiotic strains, 30 billion active cells per capsule (75 billion at the time of manufacturing), 60 capsules, each of which temporarily modifies gut flora. Which is also just about the only claim on the label.
Other than that, there are a whole bunch of different warnings when we should not use it, as well as some other. And then, there are the “does not contain” claims. For this one, they are no Preservatives, no Artificial Flavors, no Sodium, no Gluten, and without Hydrogenated Oils.
Also, doesn’t seem to have a money-back guarantee like what we’ve seen with New Chapter Probiotic All-Flora. Overall, not that great looking from this single standpoint.
Core Ingredients Look Decent, Great Amounts & Strains
If we look at the beneficial ingredients, they don’t look bad at all. As mentioned, eight different strains is a promising aspect for any probiotic. The only downside is that it does reach any further than this.
So, the Complete Probiotic of Health Balance contains a total of at least 30 billion CFU of Probiotics. These include 5.88 billion CFU of Lactobacillus casei (HA-108), 4.5 billion CFU of each Bifidobacterium breve (HA-129), Bifidobacterium longum subsp. longum (HA-135), Lactobacillus rhamnosus (HA-111), 4.2 billion CFU of each Lactobacillus acidophilus (HA-122) and Lactobacillus plantarum (HA-119), 2.1 billion CFU of Lactobacillus rhamnosus (HA-500), and 0.12 billion CFU of Lactobacillus helveticus (HA-501).
Thus, pretty solid probiotic strains including one of my favorite Lactobacillus plantarum. The amount per capsule is great, and it falls within the range of what the best practices for nutrient amounts recommend.
As for the benefits, the potential ones reach far beyond just “temporarily modifying gut flora.” In truth, that’s a very vague, shapeless promise that doesn’t really promise anything. Why use that? Either way, as I noted, they reach far beyond that [R, R, R, R, R, R].
For example, the Lactobacillus plantarum is known to promote digestive health and immune function, improve skin health, foster dental health, help fix abdominal pain, help against loose stools, help battle eczema, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, diabetes, obesity, and even anxiety, reduce blood triglycerides and cholesterol levels, as well as has other potential gains [R, R, R, R, R, R].
And the same is true also for some more than others but either way, can be helpful in many ways. The only thing I kind of not fond of is the lack of prebiotics. Because those foster and in a way augment the gains that the probiotic strains can provide. Or the lack of them was something that I thought was the case…
There Are A Couple Of Bad, Avoidable Additives Here
It turns out, prebiotics is something that Health Balance Complete Probiotics mentions when it comes to the additives. And they’re not exactly the only ones doing that. We’ve also seen that with, for example, Rainbow Light Men’s One.
Still, I’m not exactly a fan of that because this doesn’t give us the option to objectively compare the prebiotic amounts between different supplements of the category. And the problem is even more evident once we realize that there might be a very, very low number of prebiotics present because there is no difference once a manufacturer opts to list it under additives.
I mean, it could be 100 milligrams or 1 milligram or even below that. They still kind of get the rights to list them among those ingredients but if they’re low, they won’t really contribute. Hence, given that Costco has chosen to list them there, I wouldn’t bet that there is a whole lot of them.
So, that’s that, but what about other additives?
Generally speaking, everything would be fine (Potato starch, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Purified Water, Inulin, Magnesium Stearate, Silica, Ascorbic Acid, Skim Milk, Peptone Soya, Sucrose, Yeast extract). That is, unless for two ingredients (Sucrose, Peptone Soya).
Sucrose is basically just a different name for sugar. And hence, not something we’d want from a supplement. Ignore the fact that most people consume far too much of it daily already, it has been linked to obesity, depression, eating disorders, heart disease, high blood pressure, hyperactivity, diabetes, aggressiveness, stupidity and learning difficulties, cancer, and other negative health outcomes [R, R, R, R, R, R].
Whereas the potential hazardness of Peptone Soya has to do with the fact that it’s probably GMO. Two reasons why that is likely the case. First, they do not claim the product to be Non-GMO but they care to list such non-sense as no Preservatives. Second, 90% of soya is GMO. Hence, if they don’t claim the product is Non-GMO, soya is probably the reason. And so, it’s likely a chronic inflammation promoting ingredient. Goes without saying, not exactly what we’re after [R, R, R, R, R].
So, the Complete Probiotics effort by Costco is not exactly ideal at all. Quite far from it, actually.
Oddly, There Are No Global Success Rates For This One
What do you think the global success rate for this one is? It’s cheap and superficially good, at least as far as the beneficial ingredients go. A great recipe for high success rate. And that’s exactly what I anticipated I was going to pull from all the research on the Health Balance Complete Probiotics reviews I did.
But it turned out to be the complete opposite instead.
I couldn’t find a single customer review for it. Anywhere. There weren’t any even on Amazon. Of course, there probably was and is some on the Costco’s page, but that’s off limits for me.
Generally speaking, (well, typically, anyway) this is not a very good sign. It usually indicates that either the supplement is not very good and, hence, is very secretive of its feedback (like we’ve seen with a couple of Keto supplements) or its very new to the market.
And let me just say that Health Balance Complete Probiotics has been on the market since at least 2015 [R].
A Supplement To Avoid, Don’t Waste Your Money On It
All in all, I have to be honest. I’m really not a fan of the Health Balance Complete Probiotics. I believe it’s a very average probiotic supplement.
Sure, the different probiotic strain count is pretty great and the total CFU amounts is pretty awesome as well. However, that’s not the entire story.
The supplement uses pretty bad additives, plus the likely GMO Soy thing. And then there are the customer reviews or rather a complete lack thereof despite the product being on the market for quite some time.
And so, I believe these Complete Probiotics are a product to avoid.
On that note, if you are interested in what I have discovered so far to be the best probiotic out there (definitely one of the best), you can read about it here (full review).
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