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Confused about which are the best UK friendly bacteria supplements? We can help you to decide.
Microbiologist, Dr. Kate Stephens, and gut health expert, Nutritional Therapist Kerry Beeson, answer the Top 5 Questions our Nutrition Team are asked by confused customers. Let us help you to choose the perfect friendly bacteria supplement for your needs:
Jump straight to the end if you have a question that's not answered here or are just not sure where to start?
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.
This is a common misconception. Live cultures supplements come in capsules, sachets, liquids, and gummies, which can be very confusing! Many people think that liquids 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.
Not all friendly bacteria strains have the same properties, 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. For example:
For free advice about how to use the rest of our range, contact our Nutrition Team.
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. Optibac has decades of experience and specialises only in friendly bacteria supplements. We always use strains backed by credible science and prioritise natural ingredients.
If you now feel fully informed, go ahead and choose your ideal friendly bacteria supplement in our UK Shop.
If you’re still confused about which is the best friendly bacteria supplement for you, and don't have any specific health concerns to support, then why not just start with this daily digestive product and see how you feel:
Try taking this with your breakfast every day and let us know how you get on!
Alternatively, if you need further guidance, contact our team of experts for free advice.
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