All my life I’ve had an issue with milk and dairy products, but I didn’t realize that I was lactose intolerant until college. Pizza, ice cream and cheese are some of my favorite things in the world but within an hour or two of eating them I’d start to feel really sick and I’d get bloated and crampy. That made dating a little nerve wracking because I never wanted to eat out anywhere and chance getting sick. Luckily once I’d figured out the problem I found that I could take lactase enzyme pills with a meal to keep from getting bloated and feeling icky.
Fast forward a couple of decades (I’ve had a couple anniversaries of my 39th birthday) and in between babies I’ve had some problems with endometriosis. I’ve had a couple of surgeries and they’ve removed most of the adhesions, but they couldn’t get everything out of the bowel area. That doesn’t bother me normally, but if I ever have dairy products and forget to take a pill then the pain comes on suddenly and is so intense that I’ve literally spent hours huddled up on the couch waiting for the pain to pass.
Given my history I’m a firm believer that probiotics are essential for good digestive health. There are several different brands of yogurt out with probiotics added and I like them, but I just can’t eat yogurt every day and I’m not really a fan of eating more dairy products just to get my probiotics.
I was recently offered the opportunity to do a review of the Member’s Mark 4X Probiotic supplement available at Sam’s Club and I jumped at the chance to see how it works for me. I’ve only taken it for a couple of days and although I’m liking it so far I’m going to wait until I’ve been taking it for a couple of weeks to give you my final verdict. In the meanwhile I wanted to share about my shopping trip and some other information that I learned.
At first I was a little annoyed that I had to buy a twinpack in order to test the supplement, but then I started comparing prices and the differences between the Member’s Mark brand and the competing Align brand. The Member’s Mark brand was $28.88 for a twinpack or 84 pills, enough to last for three months, which equates to 34 cents per pill. The Align supplement on the other hand was $39.48 for one box of 49 pills, enough for seven weeks at 81 cents per pill. That makes the Sam’s Club brand less than half price which made me very happy!
But how do the two brands compare in other ways? It turns out that not only can the Member’s Mark 4X Probiotic supplement compete with Align, it actually beats it hands down by including four different strains of probiotics while Align only has one, and it contains 2 1/2 times the amount of the one strain that you do get with Align.
I’m so excited to be trying out the Member’s Mark 4X Probiotic supplement for my digestive health that my husband has swiped the other box from me and he’s trying it out too! I can’t wait to get back with you guys on the results in a couple weeks. If any of you have stories or info you’d like to share I’d love to hear from you!
Disclosure: This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias, however all thoughts and comments are completely my own.