Friendly bacteria for every day
Did you know that friendly bacteria work best when they're taken every day? Our specially formulated dailies range are the perfect addition to your day-to-day routine. Take a look at some of our favourite daily options below.
Our daily friendly bacteria
We have a whole range of friendly bacteria, perfect to be taken as part of your morning health and wellness routine.
They each have unique benefits and suitability so keep reading to find out which one could be best for you:
Every Day is our 'starter' product, ideal for anyone who is new to friendly bacteria and wants a cost-effective supplement. It's a combination of highly researched live cultures and FOS fibres proven to increase your body’s natural gut bacteria.
Every Day EXTRA is our 'next level up' friendly bacteria supplement. It's multi strain and high strength! One thing that sets it apart from Every Day is that is free from FOS fibres, making it more suitable for those with IBS.
Every Day MAX, as you might expect from the name, is our maximum strength daily live cultures supplement. Each capsule contains 75 billion live cultures, all of which are scientifically proven to reach the gut alive. Like Every Day EXTRA, Every Day MAX includes L. acidophilus NCFM®, the most researched acidophilus strain in the world.
Adult Gummies are a little different. They come in a delicious tasting gummy format, with no added sugars or sweeteners, designed to support gut and immune health in one easy, daily step. A combination of friendly bacteria and FOS fibres plus your daily recommended intake of Vitamin D, Zinc and Calcium. An all-in-one supplement! They are suitable for adults and older children age 12 and upwards - kids get their own gummy supplements!
Friendly bacteria: your questions answered
Should I take friendly bacteria every day?
Yes, it is perfectly safe and generally advisable to take a friendly bacteria supplement every day. 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.
What is the difference between gummies vs capsules or powder?
Friendly bacteria supplements in capsules or powder form typically contain Lactobacilli or Bifidobacteria, whereas gut gummies use heat-resistant friendly bacteria like Bacillus coagulans Unique IS-2 (4,5). People often wonder if gummies are as good as capsules or powders, because they taste like yummy ‘sweets’, but rest assured, if you buy from a trusted company, you can be sure the friendly bacteria strains and ingredients are of the highest quality.
What strength of live cultures is best?
With live cultures, ‘more’ is not always ‘better’, though some people do better on high-strength friendly bacteria supplements. It is still important to choose high strength supplements with highly researched strains featured in multiple gold standard clinical trials, where the research is relevant to your needs. High strength supplements like Optibac Every Day EXTRA (6) contain the same number of billions used in supporting clinical trials.
Not sure which supplement is best for you?
Contact our expert team of Nutritional Advisors for advice on product selection
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