For every day EXTRA Strength

30 capsules

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Suitability

Vegetarian

Vegetarian

Vegan

Vegan

Gluten free

Gluten free

Dairy free

Dairy free

During pregnancy

During pregnancy

During breastfeeding

During breastfeeding

Overview

OptiBac 'For every day EXTRA Strength' is a premium, 20 billion CFU, high-strength, multi-strain live cultures supplement. Contains Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM®, thought to be the most researched acidophilus strain in the world.

For every day Extra Strength won Rude Health Awards

Live bacteria strains & ingredients

  • Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM®
  • Lactobacillus paracasei Lpc-37®
  • Bifidobacterium lactis Bi-07®
  • Bifidobacterium lactis Bl-04®
  • Product description

  • How to use

  • Ingredients

  • Help & advice

  • Reviews

  • Product description

    Registered Nutritionist Naomi (ANutr) explains OptiBac 'For every day EXTRA Strength'

    Who is OptiBac ‘For Every Day EXTRA’ for?

    An advanced live cultures supplement for adults; suitable for vegans, vegetarians, and gluten-free or dairy-free diets. Recommended for optimal daily support.

    Key benefits

    • Trusted multi-strain live cultures supplement.
    • Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria species naturally occur in the digestive tract.
    • This product is designed to provide bacteria that are adapted to the upper intestine (Lactobacillus species: L. acidophilus NCFM® and L. paracasei Lpc-37®) and Bifidobacterium species, which are adapted to the lower intestinal tract.
    • Complements the flora naturally present in your gut.
    • The strains in this supplement have been collectively studied in approximately 70 clinical trials, and have been commercially available for 14 years.
    • Specially formulated to help replenish good bacteria and to increase the level of natural bacteria in the gut.
    • Highest quality standards - manufactured in facilities that follow all applicable Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and uphold the highest standards of quality and safety.
    • Subject to rigorous laboratory testing to ensure consistent quality and safety.
    • 20 billion CFU of friendly bacteria per serving, guaranteed until end of expiry.
    • Proven to reach the gut alive.
    • Easy-to-take capsule.
    • Suitable for vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free or gluten-free diets.
    • Free from GMOs and soy. No artificial colours, flavours or preservatives typically found in other food & drinks containing friendly bacteria.
    • Free from FOS (Fructooligosaccharides), so may be suitable for those with IBS.
    • Recommended for daily use.
    • Easy to take on the go – no refrigeration required.
    • Winner of 2020 Rude Health Awards.

    Available in two pack sizes of 30 and 90 capsules – serving size 1 capsule per day.

    Please note: This is a food supplement and is not intended to prevent, treat or diagnose any medical conditions.

    Customer questions

    All questions answered by friendly bacteria experts Dr Aisling Dwyer MB BCh BAO (Medicine, Surgery and Obstetrics), MSc (Personalised Nutrition)​ and Dr Kate Stephens PhD (Food and Microbial Sciences) BSc(Hons) Medical Microbiology.

    How do I choose the best live cultures for adults?

    With so many brands to choose from, it can be difficult to choose the live cultures supplement that’s right for you. We recommend looking for good bacteria which is guaranteed to reach the gut alive, contains well-researched strains, is shelf stable and does not need refrigerating. It is always good to choose a product with great customer reviews, but most importantly it should contain strains researched especially for your needs.

    What strength of live cultures should I take?

    When it comes to friendly bacteria, ‘more’ is not always ‘better’. It is more important to consider the quality of the good bacteria strains, and the number of gold standard clinical trials they have been featured in. It is also very important to ensure that this research is relevant for your individual needs. High-quality supplements containing well-researched strains will contain the same number of billions used in clinical trials: some studies suggest that lower dosage have more significant effects, and therefore there is no point in offering a higher strength product (usually at higher cost) when the same effects will be achieved with a lower dose.

     

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  • How to use

    Recommended dose

    For best results take 1 capsule daily. 

    Each capsule consists of a minimum of 20 billion live Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM®, Lactobacillus paracasei Lpc-37®, Bifidobacterium lactis Bi-07® and Bifidobacterium lactis Bl-04®.

    Instructions for use

    Take 1 capsule daily as desired or as professionally directed. Can be increased to 2 capsules a day if desired - for ongoing use 1 capsule a day may suffice.

    Take with food, preferably with breakfast.

    For anyone unable to swallow capsules, the capsule can be opened and the contents sprinkled into cool food or drinks.

    Do not exceed recommended daily dosage.

    Storage instructions

    No refrigeration necessary when stored in a cool, dry place below 25°C. 

    Customer Questions

    All questions answered by friendly bacteria experts Dr Aisling Dwyer MB BCh BAO (Medicine, Surgery and Obstetrics), MSc (Personalised Nutrition)​ and Dr Kate Stephens PhD (Food and Microbial Sciences) BSc(Hons) Medical Microbiology.

    Is it OK to take live cultures every day?

    Yes, it is safe and generally advisable to take live cultures daily. Good bacteria colonise in the gut for a few weeks but research1,2,3 suggests that the good bacteria strains will disappear without regular supplementation, so for this reason you might wish to take them regularly.

    Should you take live cultures on a full or empty stomach?

    The concern is that bacteria are delicate by nature, and that they may not survive stomach acid. Taking live cultures at a certain time of day (when stomach acidity is closer to neutral) could help ensure the highest survival rates of the good bacteria. Confusingly though, different healthcare professionals and live cultures manufacturers have different guidelines about when is best to take these supplements! So, let us try to clarify a few things.

    First, let us look at the logic behind taking live cultures on an empty stomach, advocated by some. Well, because acid is stimulated by consumption of food, it is thought that taking live cultures on an empty stomach (mainly first thing in the morning) is ideal because there is less residual acid in the stomach. However, it is also important to note that there is a lag time (up to 30 minutes) between when food is eaten and when acid is released into the stomach

    With a few exceptions, it’s best to take your live cultures supplements with a meal, as the food helps to buffer the effects of stomach acid; it may also help to facilitate the passage of the friendly bacteria through the stomach, and ensure that they are well mixed with the stomach contents as they pass into the small intestines.

    How long should you take live cultures for?

    This depends on why you are taking them: some people like to take specific strains at certain times, for example during pregnancy, when travelling abroad, or during the winter flu season. However, if you prefer general daily supplementation, then take your supplements every day. There is no current research to suggest the body becomes dependent on good bacteria, so long-term supplementation is  also fine.

    Safety

    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, short bowel syndrome, or patients with open wounds following major surgery; unless under a doctor's care. Keep out of reach and sight of children.

    This is a food supplement and is not intended to prevent, treat or diagnose any medical conditions. Food 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.

    References

    1. Mimura, T. et al. (2004). 'Once daily high dose probiotic therapy (VSL#3) for maintaining remission in recurrent or refractory pouchitis'. Gut, 53(1): 108-114
    2. Morelli L et al., 2004. 'Utilisation of the intestinal tract as a delivery system for urogenital probiotics'. Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology; 38(6): 107-110
    3. 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
  • Ingredients

    Ingredients

    • Stabiliser: micro-crystalline cellulose
    • Live cultures: Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM®Lactobacillus paracasei Lpc-37®Bifidobacterium lactis Bi-07®Bifidobacterium lactis Bl-04®
    • Vegetarian capsule: hydroxypropyl methylcellulose; anticaking agents: vegetable magnesium stearate, silicon dioxide.

    Each capsule guarantees 20 billion live cultures.

    Suitable for vegetarian, vegan, dairy free, gluten free, yeast-free or soy free diets. GMO free. Free from artificial flavourings, colourings and preservatives typically found in other food & drinks containing friendly bacteria. No chemicals or parabens. Sugar free.

    This product should not be used as a substitute for a varied diet.

    Customer questions

    All questions answered by friendly bacteria experts Dr Aisling Dwyer MB BCh BAO (Medicine, Surgery and Obstetrics), MSc (Personalised Nutrition)​ and Dr Kate Stephens PhD (Food and Microbial Sciences) BSc(Hons) Medical Microbiology.

    How strong should live cultures be? 

    When choosing a live cultures supplement, remember that high strength does not always mean high quality.
    Rather than looking at the number of billions, it is far more important to look at the good bacteria strains it contains. It is best to choose a supplement containing high-quality strains which have been used in gold standard clinical trials. High-quality supplements will typically contain the same number of billions used in the clinical trials; sometimes lower doses perform just as well as high doses1 so it is not worth paying extra for more billions than you need.

    However, some people do better on a higher dose, and it is fine to experiment and increase the dose of any of our products; ultimately it all depends on your individual needs and responses to the supplement. 

    Can a live cultures supplements be too strong?

    The human gut is home to roughly 100 trillion bacteria, so the dose contained in even our highest strength live cultures supplements (20-50 billion) is comparatively small. Many people take several of our supplements at the same time, depending on their individual needs and requirements. We’re all individual, however, so if you tend to be sensitive to new foods and supplements, sometimes it’s best to introduce them gradually. If you want to start with half a dose initially, then our live cultures capsules can be opened, and the contents taken alone.

    Following the taxonomic updates published in April 2020, a reclassification has been proposed for the paracasei species, and the paracasei strain in 'For every day EXTRA Strength' may therefore now also be known as Lacticaseibacillus paracasei subsp. paracasei Lpc-37®, or still indeed as L. paracasei Lpc-37® for short.

     

     

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    References

    1. 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.
  • Help & advice

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    If you have a specific question or need some advice on which product to choose please contact our Nutrition Team on +44 (0) 1264 318 881 or click on the link below for our contact form.

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  • Reviews

    Customer reviews

    • I’ve been using these probiotics for nearly a year and was introduced to them by a friend, Sarah who’s a nutritionist. After speaking to her about my issues with digesting starchy foods she recommended Extra Strength to try and it worked perfectly for me. I have been using them ever since and always buy the 90 day pack as they are better value for money, don’t run out so quickly and uses less plastic. I have continued to take one everyday as it has completely resolved my digestive issues and even have my family on probiotics too! Thank you Optibac for such a positive lifestyle change

      Ama - 17th September 2020

    • My daughter has had a few food intolerances, and this product has really helped minimise the effects of certain foods on her tummy. On contacting customer support, they have advised me to also give her S Boulardii which I have found quite useful for her too.

      Jaina - 3rd September 2020

    • I absolutely swear by this product. It has made such a difference to my daily life and is the only brand of probiotic that really does work for me! I now always make sure I have an order on the go before the pack runs out; it’s a real life saver!

      Daisy Hickman - 12th June 2020

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