Are Optibac supplements organic?

Probiotic bacteria cannot be considered organic or non-organic, because the criteria required to meet organic status do not apply directly to them. Find out more in this FAQ.

It's difficult to label probiotics as organic, as the term 'organic' generally refers to plants grown, or animals reared, under strictly organic standards. Generally speaking, crops and animals are considered healthier when grown and reared organically and organic produce is thought to be better for our health. However, the same concept does not apply to probiotics like the ones that Optibac offers. Friendly bacteria and S. boulardii, a friendly yeast, are single-celled and therefore much more simple in their structure and function than fruits, vegetables, grains & meat. Probiotics are not thought to be affected by the fermentation medium on which they are grown (the 'food they eat') and therefore whether it is organic or not will not make any difference to the quality of the bacteria.

GMO status

It is also worth noting that none of the strains in any of the products in the Optibac range are genetically modified in any way.

Other probiotics

There are supplements available which contain probiotics and prebiotics, where the prebiotic component may be organic. However, where the label implies that the probiotics themselves are organic, we have found this not to be the case.

In conclusion

In summary, the important thing to understand is that probiotics themselves cannot be considered organic or non-organic. Although the 'organic' question does not apply to our products, our nutrition team endorse organic foods and a natural way of life. To find out more about what is important to us as a company, take a look at Our Values. For more information on our ingredients, visit the relevant product page (browse the list on the right hand side), or read our full list of ingredients FAQ.