What are probiotics?
Probiotics are living organisms or friendly bacteria that help enhance and fortify the function and enhance and stimulate the production of good bacteria in the bowels necessary for maintaining good digestive health.
Specific products are available for women that contain acidophilus, this friendly bacteria is is great for women who are prone to yeast infections and Candida. Acidophilus helps to stop the development of the yeast cells responsible.
Powder form probiotic products fortified with vitamins and digestive enzymes that can be mixed in to a drink form, including chocolate flavour powder, a great probiotics for kids who dont like their vegetables.
We also sell straws or sachets especially for infants and babies that contain child specific strains for your baby or young child.
Based on clinical data, scientific reports and studies it has been demonstrated that taking probiotics can benefit and assist people and help with the management of a number of health problems with positive results.
Probiotics and prebiotic supplements contain a combination beneficial bacteria and they can also be fortified with other kinds of micro-organisms such as yeasts, herbs, multivitamins and digestive enzymes to assist in improving the performance and cleansing of the bowels and intestinal health maintenance, including for those with lactose intolerance.
Offering a complete product that is also helpful for controlling food allergies and for people with a compromised immune system, in many cases the they contain organisms that are similar to good bacteria already in your gut or body.
The most common strain of bacteria are derived from two groups, Lactobacillus or Bifidobacterium, there are also many other types of bacteria that are also classified as probiotics such as Acidophilus and bifidus strains.
The acidophilus probiotic strain is most commonly found in over the counter brands from the supermarket of chemist or in food stuffs like yoghurt, however there are more advanced products are available with many varieties of strains of bacteria each with a unique property.
Every group of bacteria has different species and each species has different strains, this is essential to understand because different strains have different benefits for different parts of your body.
Its important to know the difference when choosing the best probiotics for your particular situation
How does the beneficial bacteria work within the human body?
Probiotics work by restoring the naturally occurring bowel flora (beneficial bacteria in the gut) that can be depleted after a bout of acute illness or after taking medicine or antibiotics.
Eating a poor diet or reoccurring conditions that effect the overall immune system can have an adverse impact on the bowel flora.
Natural bowel flora is responsible for many aspects of health including helping to make sure your body can better extract all the nutrients from food you eat.
How to take these products
These type of products are generally approved and recommended by doctors and nutritionists to be taken orally.
Probiotics come packed and encapsulated in easy to swallow veg caplets, softgels, tablets, liquid formula, drinks, powder straws or as biomass.
Live probiotic caps and soft gels retain a greater number of the beneficial bacteria after packaging and storage.
How effective are probiotics?
They are effective in treating a number of health complaints, the most commonly sited are:-
Effective treatment of a condition depends on a number of factors, but its important to take high quality live probiotic capsules, preferably with billions of active viable CFUs to help build up your bodies natural defence and colonize your gut with the maximum good bacteria, not just opting for the cheapest products.
CFU's or colony forming units are a bacteria or yeast that is capable of living and reproducing to form a group of the same bacteria or yeasts.
Acids in the stomach can kill the good bacteria and stop them working before they have been delivered, to avert this some products come with a specialist coating.
There is a difference between the blend of products for infant newborn babies, children and adults, its important to take the correct supplement and dosage that is especially designed for each age group to help balance and restore a healthy bowel flora.
What are the advantages and benefits taking them?
Take a look at this list of potential health benefits associated with taking probiotics:-
Probiotics are particularly useful to take after you have been travelling abroad, have just come back from holiday or suffering from acute travellers diarrhoea or stomach infections due to food poisoning.
Another advantage of taking probiotics after a bout of illness or taking antibiotics is that they help to restore good bacteria in the stomach and bowels
What are the optimum types?
Taking a high strength live probiotic capsule such as Osumex LB17or high potency supplements with billions of live bio available active bacteria such as organic 55 billion from trace mineral research (both suitable for vegetarians and vegans), will help your body rapidly strengthen and build up its optimal defences.
Are there any side effects of taking them?
Generally taken without any side effects, if present at all the most common are gas and bloating, these side effects are usually mild and temporary.
Are they safe to use?
This type of supplement is generally considered to be safe to take, however it is not known if they are safe for people with severely impaired immune systems and there may be some risks.
Probiotic supplements can be used by people without a diagnosed digestive problem or colon health problems.
You should consult with your doctor, specialist or nutritionist before adding them to your supplementary regime if you have any safety concerns or are worried that they may interact with medication you are already being prescribed.
Do they need to be refrigerated?
Some probiotics state that it is best that they are refrigerated, this is dependant on the brand you have purchased, read the label it should state if this is necessary, not all products need refrigeration.
What is the right time to take them?
It is best to follow the recommendations of the manufacturers instructions on the packaging of the supplement you have purchased.
Compare brands on our website with ones you find in the shops and other online suppliers and you will see ours are the most potent probiotics in the UK and are top quality.