If you have anyone in your family with digestive problems and/or lactose intolerance, you will understand when I say that those things can have a huge impact on your every day life. Foods that are healthy and able to be tolerated by thousands of other people, without even a second thought, can set you or your loved one up for hours of discomfort and pain. They don’t have an adequate number of the healthy bacteria, normally found growing in the intestine, to properly digest common foods. Probiotics are a way of introducing that healthy bacteria into the digestive system and allowing those who suffer from lactose intolerance or other digestive problems to eat the healthy foods they love, in comfort.
I’m certainly not a physician, so I can’t explain how or why something health-related works. I just know that when it does, I’m excited. I have a husband who suffers from both lactose intolerance and other digestive issues. Probiotics have literally given him back the opportunity to eat foods he loves and that provide him with substantial health benefits he missed out on when he couldn’t eat those foods comfortably. So, when I heard about the fantastic results people were having with Member’s Mark 4X Probiotic, I was curious to know what was different about it. We were reasonably satisfied with the product he is currently using, but I wanted to know more about what was causing all the interest in 4X Probiotic.
Here’s what I discovered:
- The Member’s Mark 4X Probiotic can only be purchased at Sam’s Club. Member’s Mark is their exclusive brand. We have a membership, so that was a non-issue.
- Member’s Mark 4X Probiotic contains 4 different strains of the beneficial bifodobacteria that aid in digestion — bifodobacterium infantis and a probiotic blend of bifodobacterium lactis, bifodobacterium longum, and bifodobacterium bifidum. The product we currently buy only has bifodobacterium infantis. So, the 4X Probiotic contains three additional strains of benefical bacteria that my husband is currently not receiving.
- The Member’s Mark 4X Probiotic contains 5 billion live probiotic cells at the time it is manufactured, compared to 1 billion for the brand we currently buy.
- Member’s Mark 4X Probiotic is delivered in the form of a time-released caplet, so one tablet per day, provides protection all day long. The product my husband currently uses, requires repeating a capsule throughout the day to maintain health and comfort.
- It turns out that Member’s Mark 4X Probiotic is a little less than half the cost of what we usually purchase.
It seems like a no-brainer, huh? I agree. But, when it comes to my family’s health, I don’t want to take chances. We decided to complete a two week study. Now, all that was left was to schedule a trip to Lincoln, since there is no Sam’s Club here in town. Lincoln isn’t a bad drive, only about 30 miles, but I always try to consolidate errands and projects, so we can do them all at once and save gas money, when we drive in there. As luck would have it, my sister and brother-in-law had invited us in to celebrate we girls’ birthdays on the 27th. The guys were taking us out for dinner! Never let it be said that I passed up a chance to spend time with my sister OR get out of doing dishes for a night! 🙂 Plus, we were able to run into Sam’s on the way and make my purchase for the experiment.
I love shopping at Sams! Sometimes it’s fun to just stroll and browse through all the great options I don’t have access to at home, but I also know that store by heart, so when I’m in a hurry (Birthday dinners get me going! — lol), then the nice wide aisles make it easy for me to buzz in and buzz out with just what I need. Here’s what a trip like that looks like.
My husband has gone completely off his usual digestive care product, now, and will be taking Member’s Mark 4X Probiotic once a day, for a couple of weeks, to see if he benefits from the switch or at least receives the same digestive comfort, at a lesser expense. I’ll keep you posted on what we learn.
This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. As always, at Busy-at-Home, the views and opinions expressed are wholly my own.