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Confused about which are the best UK friendly bacteria supplements? We can help you to decide.
If you've never heard of friendly bacteria before, all you need to know is that they are completely natural, and you should have trillions of them living in your gut! Collectively these populations of bacteria are known as the gut microbiome. But science is revealing more and more about these tiny passengers and how they interact with our bodies. Some of the most important revelations are that different types of bacteria do different things, and that it's very easy for the balance in the gut microbiome to be disrupted. Not all of the bacteria in the gut are 'good', and we need to keep the baddies in their place! This is why many people like to take a friendly bacteria supplement. But which one should you choose?
Microbiologist, Dr. Kate Stephens, and gut health expert, Nutritional Therapist Kerry Beeson, answer the Top 5 Questions our Nutrition Team are asked by confused customers. Let us help you to choose the perfect friendly bacteria supplement for your needs:
Jump straight to the end if you have a question that's not answered here or are just not sure where to start?
It’s quality not quantity that matters when choosing a live cultures supplement. You don’t need to keep switching brands to try lots of different products or choose multi-strain supplements containing large numbers of different bacteria. Many renowned strains of live cultures, such as Bifidobacteria lactis BB-12® or Saccharomyces boulardii,1,2, are typically researched alone. So just choose a supplement containing quality strains, which are proven to reach the gut or vaginal flora and are researched in areas which support your personal needs. If you buy from expert companies, the strains will always be shown on the packaging, not just the species, so you can make an informed choice.
In the same way that you don’t need to look for supplements with lots of strains, you don’t always need one with a high number of billions. You will pay more for these high-strength supplements, and you may not need all those extra billions1! Live cultures specialists use the same number of billions used in the supporting clinical trials, so you never pay for more than you need. It’s better to choose a supplement containing high quality strains researched for your individual needs rather than a generic high-strength formula.
Live cultures supplements come in capsules, sachets, liquids, and gummies, which can be very confusing! Many people think that liquid supplements are absorbed better or reach the gut more quickly. But this is not the case - if you choose a high-quality, well-researched supplement, you can be confident that the friendly bacteria strains are tested to reach the gut3, whether they're in capsules, liquids, or any other format. Friendly bacteria specialists only use highly researched live cultures, so you can opt for the format which suits you best, safe in the knowledge that they're all equally effective.
Not all friendly bacteria strains have the same properties3,11, so it’s important to choose a supplement containing strains researched for your individual requirements. Friendly bacteria specialists always include the strain names in the ingredients. Once you know the strain name, you can see what it’s been researched for, and choose the best live cultures for your needs. For example:
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With so many different options available in the UK, deciding which is the best friendly bacteria supplement can be very confusing. Ideally, look for a trusted specialist brand with products backed by sound science. At Optibac we have decades of experience and specialise only in live cultures supplements, which is probably why we're the UK's most recommended friendly bacteria brand+. We always use strains backed by credible science and prioritise natural ingredients, and we think ours is one of the best ranges of UK friendly bacteria supplements available!
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