Food supplement suitable for adults and children (from 12 months onwards) with the following recommendations:
- Initial use: Take 1 sachet (and up to 4 sachets if required) daily with food.
- Ongoing use: 1 sachet will often suffice but more can be taken as desired or as professionally directed.
- It is strongly recommended to drink plenty of water with this supplement.
- Shake the sachet, then slowly sprinkle contents into a glass of water and vigorously swirl to dissolve fully.
- Do not use a spoon to stir as this may cause the sachet contents to clump.
- Do not exceed recommended daily dosage.
- Store in a cool, dry place below 25°C and out of direct sunlight.
All questions answered by probiotic experts Dr Kate Stephens PhD (Food and Microbial Sciences) BSc(Hons) Medical Microbiology Kerry Beeson BSc (Nut. Med.) Nutritional Therapist.
What makes Bifido & Fibre unique?
Bifido & Fibre is a safe, gentle supplement, suitable for use by everyone over the age of 1 year including children1, pregnant women2, and older people3. Bifido & Fibre contains 25 billion CFU of the friendly bacteria strain Bifidobacterium lactis BB-12®, an extensively researched strain proven to reach the gut alive4. In fact, this strain of friendly bacteria is thought to be the most highly researched strain in the entire Bifidobacteria family! It has been extensively researched in numerous clinical trials, including one of the largest clinical trials ever conducted on any friendly bacteria strain, where it was researched in 1,200 people5. In Bifido & Fibre, this strain is offered in a unique combination with 4g of fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS), a natural source of fibre.
How many sachets should I take a day?
The most appropriate way to take Bifido & Fibre can vary from person to person, so may require some initial ‘trial and error’. It is recommended to start with one sachet a day and see how you get on. The number of sachets taken can be increased (one sachet at a time), up to a maximum of 4 sachets per day spread over the course of the day. This supplement can be taken with or without food and many people like to take a sachet with each meal, and one before bedtime, though you can see what suits you best.
If you decide to take a higher number of sachets initially, you may be able to reduce after just a week or two to just 1 or 2 sachets each day. Equally, it’s fine to use the supplement on an ad hoc basis as desired, or to take 1-4 sachets per day on an ongoing basis.
Is it ok to take friendly bacteria supplements every day?
Friendly bacteria supplements are generally considered very safe to take on a daily basis1. They are natural supplements and not a medication. Furthermore, the specific strain of bacteria in Bifido & Fibre (Bifidobacterium lactis BB-12®) carries no risk of dependency and does not cause the bowel to become ‘lazy’.
Live cultures 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, infants with 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 food supplement and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. 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.
1. Saavedra et al. 2004. Long-term consumption of infant formulas containing live probiotic bacteria: tolerance and safety. The American journal of clinical nutrition. 9:261–7.
2. Mirghafourvand Mojgan et al (2016), “The Effect of Probiotic Yogurt on Constipation in Pregnant Women: A Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial.” Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal, Nov; 18(11): e39870 PMC. Web.
3. Pitkala, K.H et al. (2007), ‘Fermented cereal with specific Bifidobacteria normalizes bowel movements in elderly nursing home residents. A randomized, controlled trial’, Journal of Nutritional Health and Aging, 11(4):305-311.
4. Uchida et al. (2005), ‘Effect of fermented milk containing Bifidobacterium lactis BB-12® on stool frequency, defecation, fecal microbiota and safety of excessive ingestion in healthy female students’, Journal of Nutritional Food, 8(1):39-51
5. Eskesen, D. 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 abnormal discomfort: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group trial’, British Journal of Nutrition, Nov 28: 114(10) :1638–1646
6. Da Silva Souza, D. et al. (2018, Nov). Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Parallel Clinical Trial Assessing the Effect of Fructooligosaccharides in Infants with Constipation. J. Nutrients. 2018 Nov; 10(11): 1602. Published online 2018 Nov 1. doi: 10.3390/nu10111602