Immune Support can be given to adults and children, from 1 year onwards, with the following recommendations:
- Take 1 capsule daily, preferably with breakfast, or as professionally directed.
- For those unable to swallow capsules, open and mix contents with cool drink/food .
- May be used on an ongoing basis
- For best results, do not remove desiccant sachet from the glass jar and close lid firmly after each use.
- Store in a cool, dry place below 25°C (77 °F) and out of direct sunlight.
All questions answered by probiotic experts Dr Kate Stephens PhD (Food and Microbial Sciences) BSc(Hons) Medical Microbiology and Kerry Beeson BSc (Nut. Med.) Nutritional Therapist
Can probiotics be taken every day?
The simple answer is yes! Probiotics have been researched for decades and the growing weight of evidence suggests that daily use is both safe and recommended.1,2 There’s no known risk of dependency or overdose: the human gut naturally contains trillions of micro-organisms, so the numbers found in supplements are modest by comparison. Probiotic bacteria are found naturally in our diets, but not all probiotic strains do the same thing, therefore, many people like to use a supplement containing probiotic strains which have been shown to support a specific area of health, such as immune function.4
How can I boost my immune system?
Various factors affect the health of our immune system: some of these we can’t control, such as cold, damp weather or stressful events, but there are many things we can easily do to help our immune systems fight off cold, viruses and infections. Include plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet, limit alcohol intake, get a good night’s sleep, exercise daily, and wash your hands properly.
Many people also like to use supplements designed specifically to support the immune system, especially during winter months when coughs, colds and flu are especially common. As 70% of our immune system is in the gut, it’s important to consider gut health as part of your immune-boosting health regime. Optibac Immune Support offers all-round gut and immune support.
Which probiotic supplements are best for the immune system?
It’s best to choose supplements containing probiotics and other ingredients which have been extensively researched and found to support the immune system. Optibac Immune Support contains one of the world’s most clinically researched bacterial strains, Lactobacillus paracasei CASEI 431®, which has been tested in thousands of people in numerous clinical trials and found to support immune health4. To further support immune function, this high-quality probiotic strain is combined with vitamin C, which also helps to support a healthy immune system and your body’s resistance to infection*.
Who should not take probiotics for immune support?
Older people can be more vulnerable to colds and flu so may choose to take a supplement for extra support, but often have concerns about whether it’s safe for them to take probiotics. However, friendly bacteria supplements are safe to be taken by everyone from birth into old age 1,2. There are only a few circumstances when probiotics may not be appropriate, such as for adults or children who are immune-compromised – please see our safety information for more details. If you have a serious health condition, you should always speak to your doctor before taking any supplement.
1. 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
2. Doron, S., & Snydman, D. R. (2015). Risk and safety of probiotics. Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, 60 Suppl 2(Suppl 2), S129–S134. https://doi.org/10.1093/cid/civ085
3. Tomasz, B. et al, (2014). Long-term use of probiotics Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium has a prophylactic effect on the occurrence and severity of pouchitis: a randomized prospective study. BioMed research international, 2014, 208064. https://doi.org/10.1155/2014/208064
4. Jespersen L. et al., (2015), ‘Effect of Lactobacillus paracasei subsp. paracasei, L. casei 431® on immune response to influenza vaccination and upper respiratory tract infections in healthy adult volunteers: a randomized, double- blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group study’. Am.J.Clin.Nutr., 101:1188-1196.
Probiotics 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.
This is a dietary supplement and is not intended to prevent, treat or diagnose any medical conditions. Probiotic supplements should not be used as a substitute for a healthy diet and 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.