A probiotic care package to a mother in India with an UTI

I got messages as shown below, and thought that I should share my thinking and suggestions.

Hi Ken I needed some help from you on some inputs. My mom she is 63 years old and from past few months she is getting recurrent urinary tract infections and she is been taking antibiotics. She takes one antibiotic for Ecoli UTI and next time urine culture shows Pseudomonas and again she takes another antibiotic and another infection starts.

Do you know any good probiotics which are live and multi strains?

I was thinking about sending my mom suffering with UTIs the below 2

Renew Life Women’s Care Probiotic, 90 Billion CFU Per Capsule, 12 Strains, Shelf Stable Probiotic, Gluten, Dairy and Soy Free, 30 Capsules

Garden of Life Dr. Formulated Probiotics Urinary Tract+ – Acidophilus Probiotic Supports Urinary Tract Health, Digestive Balance – Gluten, Dairy, and Soy-Free – 60 Vegetarian Capsules

Please share your thoughts if they are live probiotics and can be helpful ?

My Response

See this page for RESEARCHED probiotics available retail (somewhere). You may wish to scan each study for effectiveness etc

You can also just change the search word for specific things. For example, this shortens the list to UTI + E.Coli

Almost all retail probiotics are live, I believe that you actually means persist. I have a page on those,

So you need to find ones that have been documented to help, and also persists, and last — be able to get fast delivery so they can be sent to India with a friend that is travelling there.

The results are shown below:

Probiotic SpeciesResearchedPersistsOn Amazon
Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (Culturelle)YesYesLink
Enterogermina YesYesLink
B. longum BB536YesYesLink

Other items that are Researched and Persists BUT not available in this time frame

The ones that you suggest may work — but there is no evidence (peer reviewed studies) for them being either effective for UTI or persists. The three above have the best odds of doing the correction. Enterogermina is antibiotic resistant.


I would suggest at least a 90 day supply for all of the above. 30 days may be sufficient, but given the challenges of re-supply, it is likely better to be safe.

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