Who is Optibac Every Day MAX for?
For anyone wanting a top quality, maximum strength good bacteria supplement for everyday use. Providing premium daily support to complement your natural gut bacteria.
- Award-winning, high-strength friendly bacteria supplement
- Contains 3 strains that have been extensively researched for safety and quality
- Each capsule contains 75 billion live cultures, guaranteed until end of expiry
- Scientifically proven to survive to reach the gut alive
- Bifidobacterium lactis HN019, and the other strains in this supplement, have been shown to increase the body’s natural gut bacteria, helping the Lactobacilli & Bifidobacteria to flourish
- Free from FOS (Fructooligosaccharides), may be more suitable for those with IBS
- Easy to swallow capsules, no refrigeration required
- From the UK’s most trusted & recommended brand of friendly bacteria supplements. As determined in an independent survey of 1000 British women+.
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.
Is it OK to take friendly bacteria every day?
Yes, it is safe and generally advisable to take your friendly bacteria supplement 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 friendly bacteria on a full or empty stomach?
In general, it’s best to take friendly bacteria with the first meal of the day. There are concerns that stomach acid will damage the delicate bacteria, and that taking them on an empty stomach will help. But at breakfast time, stomach acidity is closer to ‘neutral’ than at other times of day (i.e. least acidic), and there is a lag time (up to 30 minutes) between food consumption and stomach acid release. Taking friendly bacteria with food has additional benefits: the food helps to buffer the effects of stomach acid, facilitate the passage of the probiotics through the stomach, and ensures 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, as mentioned above, many people prefer to take friendly bacteria on an ongoing basis. There is no current research to suggest the body becomes dependent on good bacteria, so long-term supplementation is fine.