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Live Cultures

1. WHY DOES PROBIO 7 CONTAIN A MULTI-STRAIN FORMULATION?

There are hundreds of different bacterial strains in the human digestive system. Each strain has unique properties and different beneficial health effects. Probio7’s multi-strain formulation combines the strains to address more health conditions. Furthermore, when taken together the different strains of friendly bacteria can have synergistic effects. Many bacteria have symbiotic relationships with each other and can actually boost the function of complementary species.

2. WHAT ARE PREBIOTICS?

Prebiotics are non-digestible fibres which stimulate the growth of probiotics. Prebiotics can be found naturally in some foods, these include but are not limited to beetroot, onion and asparagus. 

3. ARE PROBIOTICS THE SAME AS PREBIOTICS?

Probiotics are related to, but not the same as prebiotics. Prebiotics are non-digestible fibres which stimulate the growth of probiotics. They act as a food source for the probiotic bacteria. Prebiotics do not need to be taken for a probiotic to work; however, they may make the probiotic more effective.

4. WHAT IS LACTOBACILLUS

Lactobacillus is a genus of bacteria. This is a large group comprised of different types of bacteria which produce lactic acid. Within this genus there are several bacterial species which are naturally present in the human gut, these include Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Lactobacillus acidophillus. They can also be found in fermented foods like yoghurt. Bacteria from this genus have been featured in countless clinical trials.

5. WHAT IS BIFIDOBACTERIUM

Bifidobacterium is a genus of bacteria. This is a large group of different types of bacteria. Within this genus there are several bacterial species which are naturally present in the large intestine, these include Bifidobacterium bifidum, Bifidobacterium infantis and Bifidobacterium breve, to name a few.

6. WHAT DOES CFU MEAN

CFU stands for colony forming unit. This term is used as unit for the number of viable bacterial cells in a sample. Viable is defined as the ability to multiply under controlled conditions.

7. IS PROBIO7 GUARANTEED UNTIL SHELF LIFE EXPIRY

Our probiotics have been freeze dried making them shelf stable, meaning there is no need to refrigerate them upon purchase. However, in order to ensure the bacteria are viable to the end of their shelf life we recommend storing them in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight. 

Suitability and Safety

1. CAN I TAKE PROBIO7 IF AM VEGETARIAN OR VEGAN

Our packs are clearly marked if they are suitable for vegans.Probio7 Original is made with a beef gelatin capsule and is therefore not vegetarian or vegan.The Advanced, Ultra, Kidskalm, Original Vegan, Global Travel, Asia Travel and Bifikalm supplements are all suitable for vegan consumption.

2. CAN I TAKE PROBIO7 IF I AM PREGNANT

Probio7 is formulated using natural ingredients which are generally considered safe. However, it is always preferable to seek medical advice when taking any food supplements during pregnancy.

3. IS PROBIO7 SUITABLE FOR ALLERGY SUFFERERS?

Please see the table below for allergen information on all of our products.


4. CAN I TAKE POROBIO7 IF I AM ON ANTIBIOTICS?

Yes. Although antibiotics are designed to kill bacteria, research has shown that some live culture supplements are robust enough to survive in the human body when taken alongside antibiotics. Many of our customers take Probio7 supplements during and after a course of antibiotics, however we recommend waiting for an hour after taking antibiotics to take Probio7. 

5. IS PROBIO7 SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN

Children develop their microbiome in the womb and throughout early childhood. It’s thought that an unhealthy microbiome in early stages of life may be responsible for some adult health conditions. We recommend our Bifikalm product for infants aged two months and onwards. For older children (aged 12 months to early teens) we have Kidskalm. These products contain bacterial strains specially formulated to promote and maintain a healthy balance in the gut flora.  

6. CAN I TAKE PROBIO7 LONG TERM

Much of the Probio7 supplement range has been formulated for long term consumption, and daily consumption is recommended in order to maintain a diverse gut flora. On the other hand, some of our products may be used at a specific time, such as when travelling abroad.

7. CAN I TAKE PROBIO7 ALONG WITH MY MEDICATION

If taking probiotics alongside antibiotics you need to have at least an hour between taking the antibiotics and the probiotic. If you are taking anti-fungal medication probiotic yeasts should be taken at a different time of day. If you are taking immunosuppressant medication, then you should speak to your doctor before taking probiotics.

8. I AM SEVERELY IMMUNOSUPPRESSED. WHY CAN'T I TAKE LIVE CULTURES?

Patients who are immunosuppressed do not have the ability to mount an immune response to microbes that they come in contact with. Microbes, even those considered beneficial, can sometimes cross the gut barrier and grow in the blood or internal organs. Growth in these areas can cause septicaemia, myo-endocarditis, or pancreatitis. Since there is currently insufficient clinical evidence around this area, the risk is thought to be high to recommend live cultures for individuals who are immunocompromised. 

Buying Probio7

1. WHERE CAN I BUY PROBIO7

Probio7 supplements are available from a range of independent health stores and pharmacies across the UK. There are also stocked by major high street retailers such as Holland and Barrett, Boots and Superdrug. Our products are also available online at Amazon or https://probio7.com/pages/buy-online.  

2. NEED MORE HELP?

Feel free to get in contact with us, either through our website https://probio7.com/pages/contact-us-1, or via our social media channels.

Storage and Usage

1. DO I NEED TO KEEP PROBIO7 IN THE FRIDGE?

No. The live cultures in Probio7 do not need to be refrigerated. This is because they have been freeze dried. This process preserves the cell structures without damaging them and is commonly used for preserving food and medical supplies.

2. ARE THE LIVE CULTURES STILL VIABLE IF I BREAK OPEN THE CAPSULE

Yes. If you have trouble swallowing the capsules, you can open capsule and consume the powder. This would work best if mixed with cold food or drink such as yogurt. 

3. WHAT IS THE BEST TIME OF DAY TO TAKE LIVE CULTURES?

Our supplements can be taken at any time of the day and should be taken with food.

4. CAN I TAKE TWO PROBIO7 SUPPLEMENTS AT THE SAME TIME

Yes, there generally no harm in taking more than one live culture supplement at the same time. Similarly, you can regularly consume fermented foods and drinks, as well as taking a live culture supplement.