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Confused about which friendly bacteria supplements to choose? We can help you to decide.
If you've never heard of friendly bacteria before, all you need to know is that they are completely natural. You already have trillions of them living in your gut, collectively known as the gut microbiome. Even if you have heard of good bacteria, you may not know that different types of bacteria do different things, or that it's very easy for the delicate balance in the gut microbiome to be disturbed. This is why many people like to take a friendly bacteria supplement.
But how do you choose a friendly bacteria supplement that's right for you?
In the next section, Microbiologist, Dr. Kate Stephens, and gut health expert, Nutritional Therapist Kerry Beeson, answer the Top 5 Questions our Nutrition Team are asked, by customers confused about which live cultures to choose. Or if you're short on time, why not watch our short video in which nutritional therapist Camilla explains how to choose a friendly bacteria supplement that's perfect for you.
Not all friendly bacteria strains have the same properties3,11, so it’s important to choose a supplement containing strains researched for your individual requirements. Friendly bacteria specialists always include the strain names in the ingredients. Once you know the strain name, you can see what it’s been researched for, helping you to choose the right live cultures for your needs. For example:
For free advice about how to use the rest of our range, contact our Nutrition Team.
It’s quality not quantity that matters when choosing a live cultures supplement. You don’t need to keep switching brands to try lots of different products or choose multi-strain supplements containing large numbers of different bacteria. Many renowned strains of live cultures, such as Bifidobacteria lactis BB-12® or Saccharomyces boulardii,1,2, are typically researched alone. So just choose a supplement containing quality strains, which are proven to reach the gut or vaginal flora and are researched in areas which support your personal needs. If you buy from expert companies, the strains will always be shown on the packaging, not just the species, so you can make an informed choice.
In the same way that you don’t need to look for supplements with lots of strains, you don’t always need one with a high number of billions. You will pay more for these high-strength supplements, and you may not need all those extra billions1! Live cultures specialists use the same number of billions used in the supporting clinical trials, so you never pay for more than you need. It’s better to choose a supplement containing high quality strains researched for your individual needs rather than a generic high-strength formula.
Live cultures supplements come in capsules, sachets, liquids, and gummies, which can be very confusing! Many people think that liquid supplements are absorbed better or reach the gut more quickly. But this is not the case - if you choose a high-quality, well-researched supplement, you can be confident that the friendly bacteria strains are tested to reach the gut3, whether they're in capsules, liquids, or any other format. Friendly bacteria specialists only use highly researched live cultures, so you can opt for the format which suits you best, safe in the knowledge that they're all equally effective.
With so many different options available in the UK, deciding which is the best friendly bacteria supplement can be very confusing. Ideally, look for a trusted specialist brand with products backed by sound science. At Optibac we have decades of experience and specialise only in live cultures supplements, which is probably why we're the UK's most recommended friendly bacteria brand+. We always use strains backed by credible science and prioritise natural ingredients, and we think ours is one of the best ranges of UK friendly bacteria supplements available!
Take a look for yourself - find the ideal friendly bacteria supplement for all the family in our UK Shop.
If you’re still confused about which is the best friendly bacteria supplement for you, then watch this video in which our Nutritional Therapist Camilla Gray explains how to choose the right live cultures supplement for your needs.
Alternatively, if you need further guidance, contact our team of experts for free advice.
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Eskesen et al. (2015) Effect of the probiotic strain Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. lactis BB-12®, on defecation frequency in healthy subjects with low defecation frequency and abdominal discomfort: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group trial. Br J Nutr; 114, 10: 1638-46.