Can I open probiotics capsules?

Probiotics are indeed ‘alive’. As living things, they can be sensitive to damage from certain conditions, particularly extremes of heat and extremes of pH (e.g. how acidic or alkaline an environment is).

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Opening probiotic capsules will not affect their viability

With this knowledge in mind, people are often concerned that probiotic strains in supplements will not survive their journey through the harsh stomach environment. Some supplement manufacturers use enteric coating for their capsules to protect the delicate bacteria inside. Enteric coating is a special type of coating given to capsules which prevents their disintegration in the stomach, therefore protecting the contents of the probiotic capsule from stomach acids (if you wish to read more enteric coating of products you may like to read this FAQ: Are your capsules enteric coated?)

How do OptiBac probiotic bacteria remain viable without their capsule?

OptiBac probiotics capsules do not need an enteric coating, as our strains have been proven to survive all but the very harshest of acidic conditions. In our in vitro trials (trials that are performed in a laboratory) our probiotic bacteria are tested without any protective capsule to ensure that they are robust enough to make the journey through the stomach acid into the intestines. This is why we recommend that our products are taken in the morning, with or just after breakfast, as this is when the stomach acid is at its weakest, therefore presenting even less of a challenge for our ‘hardy’ little microbes.

Given that the probiotic capsule itself is not needed to protect the friendly bacteria in our range from stomach acid, this means that it is perfectly fine to open any of our capsule probiotics and empty the contents directly into the mouth or into food or drink products (so long as these are not too hot, or acidic like fruit juice).

OptiBac Probiotics - 'For babies and children'

Three of our supplements come in powder form, including 'For babies & children'

In fact, three of our fifteen products come in sachet form, where the contents are taken alone or in cold milk/water. This demonstrates perfectly that we don’t need any fancy protective coatings for our probiotic caps to ensure a viable product, and that our live probiotics reach the intestines alive. This makes OptiBac supplements the perfect choice for anyone who struggles to swallow probiotics in capsules, as they can take our entire range without any problem.