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An advanced friendly bacteria supplement suitable for vegans, vegetarians, and gluten-free, dairy-free or soy-free diets. Recommended for optimal daily support to complement your body’s natural gut bacteria.
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Live cultures are not recommended for those with serious medical conditions e.g. those who are severely immunosuppressed, have pancreatitis, are in the ICU, have melaena, have a central venous catheter, short bowel syndrome, or patients with open wounds following major surgery; unless under a doctor's care. Keep out of reach of children.
Gut health supplements are not intended to prevent, treat or diagnose any medical conditions. If taking probiotic supplements for gut health, note that these should not be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle. If you are taking any medications or have a serious medical condition, consult a doctor before use. Optibac supplements will not cause dependency and may be used on an ongoing basis.
Stabiliser: micro-crystalline cellulose; Live cultures: Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM®, Lactobacillus paracasei Lpc-37®, Bifidobacterium lactis Bi-07®, Bifidobacterium lactis Bl-04®; vegetarian capsule: hydroxypropyl methylcellulose; anti-caking agents: vegetable magnesium stearate, silicon dioxide.
Each capsule guarantees 20 billion live cultures.
Visit the Probiotics Database to find out more about Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM®
|No. Live Cultures||20 billion|
|Recommended Use||1 capsule daily|
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All questions answered by probiotic experts Dr Kate Stephens PhD (Food and Microbial Sciences) BSc(Hons) Medical Biology and Kerry Beeson BSc (Nut. Med.) Nutritional Therapist
Choose well-researched, shelf-stable friendly bacteria supplements, guaranteed to reach the gut alive and containing strains researched for your needs. Consider if you want a high strength supplement, or one with added fibre. Read customer reviews to help you decide. For example, Optibac Every Day EXTRA is a high-strength supplement without added FOS, so is a popular choice for adults with IBS (1).
(1)Gray Dip CNM, C. (2022). Which Probiotics are for IBS? | Probiotics Learning Lab. Retrieved 16 May 2022, from https://www.optibacprobiotics.com/uk/learning-lab/in-depth/gut-health/which-probiotics-are-best-for-ibs
You can choose to take specific strains at certain times, for example during pregnancy, with and after antibiotics, or during the winter flu season. However, many people feel better when taking daily high-strength live cultures, to complement their natural gut bacteria. Research (1,2) suggests that ongoing daily use is fine, with no risk of dependency.
(1). Mimura, T. et al. (2004). 'Once daily high dose probiotic therapy (VSL#3) for maintaining remission in recurrent or refractory pouchitis'. Gut, 53(1): 108-114. (2). Jacobsen et al., (1999). 'Screening of probiotic activities of 47 strains of Lactobacillus spp. by in vitro techniques and evaluation of the colonisation ability of 5 selected strains in humans'. Applied and Environmental Microbiology; 65 (11): 4949-4956
Yes, it is safe, and often advisable, to take a daily high-strength friendly bacteria supplement. Good bacteria only colonise in the gut for a few weeks and research (1,2,3) suggests that taking regular digestive supplements helps to complement the gut microbiome.
(1). Mimura, T. et al. (2004). 'Once daily high dose probiotic therapy (VSL#3) for maintaining remission in recurrent or refractory pouchitis'. Gut, 53(1): 108-114 (2). Morelli L et al., (2004). 'Utilisation of the intestinal tract as a delivery system for urogenital probiotics'. Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology; 38(6): 107-110 (3). Jacobsen et al., (1999). 'Screening of probiotic activities of 47 strains of Lactobacillus spp. by in vitro techniques and evaluation of the colonisation ability of 5 selected strains in humans'. Applied and Environmental Microbiology; 65 (11): 4949-4956
“What time should I take friendly bacteria supplements?” and “Should I take live cultures with or without food?” are common questions, especially when taking high strength live cultures. It’s best to take your friendly bacteria at breakfast time, as this is when stomach acidity is at its most neutral. Taking it with food further helps to buffer the acid and assist the passage of the live cultures into the gut. If you miss breakfast, just take with another meal or snack.
With live cultures, ‘more’ is not always ‘better’, though some people do better on high-strength friendly bacteria supplements. But it’s still important to choose high strength supplements with strains featured in multiple gold standard clinical trials, where the research is relevant to your needs. High strength supplements like Optibac Every Day EXTRA (1) contain the same number of billions used in supporting clinical trials - you don't want to pay for more than you need!
(1). Sanders ME, Klaenhammer TR. (2001) Invited review. The scientific basis of Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM functionality as a probiotic. J Dairy Sci. 84(2):319-331. doi:10.3168/jds.S0022-0302(01)74481-5
|Every Day EXTRA (90 capsules) - 90 capsules||Every Day MAX (90 capsules) - 90 capsules||Every Day (90 capsules) - 90 capsules|
|Suitability||General Digestive||General Digestive||General Digestive|
|Billions/CFU||20 billion||75 billion||5 billion|