Probiotic FAQs: Learn More About Probiotics
What are probiotics?
Probiotics are helpful, viable bacteria that assist in balancing the indigenous microorganisms already present in the human body.
How do probiotics work?
The human gastrointestinal tract contains hundreds of different types of bacterial, referred to as intestinal flora. When the balance of good flora and bad flora is disturbed, negative health conditions result. Probiotics repopulate the intestine with healthy flora, crowding out bacteria that may cause negative health conditions. They may also inhibit the growth of bad bacteria, preventing disease and stimulating the immune system.
How can probiotics improve your health?
Some of the scientifically proven health effects are:
- Improved digestion and improved symptoms from IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
- Prevention of yeast infections, including vaginal infections
- Prevention of vaginal bacterial infections
- Prevention of UTI (urinary tract infections)
- Reduced anxiety/improved anxiety management
- Improved mood (95 percent of the serotonin used by your body is produced in your gut)
- Weight management
- Reduced allergy symptoms
- Improvement of skin conditions (like eczema)
- Combat overgrowth of Candida Albicans
See our links to scientific studies for more details on health benefits.*
What studies back up probiotic health claims?
Many studies have been performed on probiotics, and the health benefits are impressive. Read the following studies and articles (click on the links to get to the studies and articles) to get the scientific proof behind the claims:
- Article published in the American Nutrition Association’s Nutrition Digest about various benefits of probiotics (overall health, improved digestion, prevention of urinary tract infections and yeast infections, prevention of skin conditions such as eczema).
- Supports Weight loss – Study Abstract – Study of overweight Japanese adults taking probiotics for twelve weeks experienced reduced abdominal fat by 4.6 percent and reduced BMI by 1.5 percent. Second study, over 24 weeks, showed similar weight loss results. Study Abstract.
- Improved immunity to colds and flu – One study on adults showed reduction in contraction of viral infections. Another study on children published in the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics showed reduction of infection and reduced symptoms in those who had gotten sick.
- Prevent vaginal infections and improve vaginal flora health – Study Abstract. Shows significant prevention of yeast and vaginal bacterial infections.
- Prevent traveler’s diarrhea – Study Abstract. Second Study Abstract conforms findings that probiotics can prevent or reduce traveler’s diarrhea.
- Improved symptoms of IBS, including reduction of abdominal pain. Study Abstract.
- Reduction of anxiety, published in British Journal of Nutrition.
- Improvement of allergy symptoms, published in European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
- Improvement of mood and ability to manage anxiety, as published by the American Psychological Association.
- Treatment and prevention of mastitis in nursing mothers, published in Oxford Journals of Clinical Infectious Diseases.
How do Optimal Probiotic supplements work?
Optimal Probiotic supplements deliver 10 billion CFUs of seven strains of probiotics in two capsules daily. These probiotics combat the bad bacteria in your gut, restoring the proper balance of 85 percent good bacteria and 15 percent bad bacteria for optimal health.
Can probiotics survive stomach acid?
Yes, they can and do. It is essential that probiotics get to the gut, where they flourish and do their work.
Read this study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition for scientific evidence that probiotics can survive stomach acid to get into the intestines. Probiotic strains in yogurt and fermented foods make it through the stomach acid to get to the intestines without any protective coating at all.
** A note to the buyer: some producers claim that your probiotics need to be coated with heavy duty coatings in order to get through the stomach, but this simply isn’t true and can actually be detrimental to the effectiveness of the probiotic and introduce risks (research enteric coatings risks).
How soon will I feel Optimal Probiotic working?
You should feel initial effects in 48 hours. Maximum benefits come after one month of daily usage.
Some people (very few) experience a “killing off” of the bad bacteria before they experience the positive effects of the good bacteria, but that usually only lasts two to three days of very mild symptoms of stomach gurgling and mild stomach upset.
Are probiotics safe?
Probiotic supplements simply deliver good bacteria that your body already produces and is equipped to use. Even if you take too many, you will only experience stomach upset. You cannot overdose on probiotics.
How does Optimal Probiotic compare to yogurt or other fermented foods?
Yogurt delivers only a fraction of the probiotic strains contained in Optimal Probiotic. The strains contained in Optimal Probiotic are also hardier than the strains that occur in yogurt and other fermented foods.
How should I take Optimal Probiotic?
You can take Optimal Probiotic capsules with or without food at any time throughout the day. You can swallow the capsule whole or mix the contents with any cool food or beverage. Benefits may be felt within 48 hours of taking your first dose.
What is the recommended dosage of Optimal Probiotic?
While 2 capsules a day are the recommended dosage, we suggest you begin with one capsule a day. Experiment taking the capsule with or without food to see what works best for you.
The recommended dosage is a daily dosage because it takes a minimum of 48 hours to make an impact on the flora in your GI tract, and a daily dose is the best way to maintain that good-to-bad flora balance.
Will I experience side effects?
While most people experience no side effects, some people experience mild gas, bloating or stomach upset the first few days. However, as the good flora pushes out the bad flora, the benefits will become evident.
What probiotic strains are present in Optimal Probiotic?
Optimal Probiotic delivers the following:
10.12 billion CFUs of probiotics in the following strains:
* 2.64 billion Bacillus Subtilis
* 1.36 billion L. Rhamnosus
* 1.36 billion L. Casei
* 1.36 billion B. Longum
* 1.36 billion L. Acidophilus
* 680 million L. Plantarum
* 1.36 billion B. Breve
We carefully chose this blend of strains and amounts to avoid side effects while delivering maximum potency of benefits.
* While our claims are backed by the scientific studies quoted on this site, these claims have not been evaluated by the FDA. We do not claim to be able to diagnose or treat any health conditions. We only point consumers to the studies that exist and ask them to draw their own conclusions.