Probiotics | Supplement Breakdown
Have you ever considered adding probiotics into your supplement routine? Probiotics are a great addition to almost any supplement regime and have a whole host of benefits (anyone see what I did there?) Not only are probiotics (lactobacillus and bifidobacteria) useful in preventing eczema (atopic dermatitis) in babies and kids, but they’re also beneficial for gut and vaginal health, skin health and in the treatment of IBS and diarrhea. Probiotics come in many forms- from naturally fermented foods like sauerkraut and kombucha, to yogurts and capsules. Some companies claim that refrigerated probiotics are superior to those that are shelf stable, but this really isn’t true. Let’s look at this bottle of probiotics by Orange Naturals for example . They are shelf stable, contain 14 billion CFU (number of viable microorganisms) and also happen to contain bifidobacteria and lactobacillus organisms. If you look at the label, it states that there is a total of 14 billion CFU to 40 billion CFU at time of manufacture. This means that by the time these probiotics reach their expiry date, you are guaranteed 14 billion CFU per capsule. 𝐄𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲, 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐞 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐛𝐢𝐨𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐬 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐚𝐧 𝐞𝐟𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐞𝐧𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐞𝐟𝐟𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐜𝐲 𝐔𝐍𝐓𝐈𝐋 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐲.
Good quality probiotics should guarantee a minimum number of CFUs up until expiry- but whether or not you need to keep them in the fridge, isn’t an issue! Ensure you check with your healthcare provider before adding probiotics to your daily regime, especially if you are immunocompromised or taking other medications.