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- Why are the Bio-Kult capsules in blisters?
- Is Bio-Kult suitable for vegetarians?
- Can they be taken during pregnancy?
- Is there any situation when they should not be taken?
- I have an allergy to milk. Can I take Bio-Kult?
- Is the Bio-Kult range non-GMO?
- Are there any side effects?
- Is Bio-Kult gluten, nut and egg free?
- I've heard that if you have too many strains of live bacteria in one supplement they destroy each other. Is this true?
- Why doesn't Bio-Kult need to be kept in the fridge?
- Can I use Bio-Kult bacteria to culture yogurt?
Blistering the product offers greater flexibility and a far higher protection against extremes of temperature. Thus ensuring the stability, integrity and quality of the product is kept for every individual capsule until the end of shelf life.
Bio-Kult does not contain any meat-based materials. All capsules used are vegetable.
Our products contain naturally occurring beneficial microorganisms which have been previously shown to be safe to take during pregnancy. However, we would always recommend that advice should be sought from your GP/Health Care Practitioner whenever taking supplements.
They should be prescribed at the discretion of the Health Care Practitioner for pregnant women, milk allergies, and in cases of immunosuppression.
Our products contain traces of milk that would not affect lactose intolerant sufferers, but if you have an allergy to milk, we would suggest you talk to your practitioner before taking.
All the products in the Bio-Kult range are non-GMO. We have full certification from all our suppliers for all ingredients.
Our products contain a high concentration of live bacteria. If there is a pathogenic overload in your gut, and you start off with a high dose, in a small number of people a ‘die-off' side effect, such as bloating, may be experienced for a few days.
Bio-Kult products do not contain gluten, nuts or eggs.
I've heard that if you have too many strains of live bacteria in one supplement they destroy each other. Is this true?
There is some general concern debated about this in scientific literature but there is limited scientific data to back this up. In many studies, the comparisons are not strictly valid because in each study the dose of multi-strain live bacteria differed from that of the single strain. A recent review concluded that multi strains appear more effective than single strains overall. We believe a wider number of strains provide a wider range of benefits overall, and multi-strains are how we understand live bacterias to be provided in nature and within the gut flora.
We are able to guarantee the stability and count of all the bacteria within the Bio-Kult products until the end of the products shelf life.
All our products are manufactured to an extremely high standard (cGMP accredited) in our purpose built facility in Somerset (Probiotics International Ltd.), enabling us to stay in complete control of our quality standards. Bio-Kult is manufactured using the latest techniques. The live bacteria themselves are encapsulated (with a protective coating) during a freeze drying process (lyophilisation). This process aids in the protection of the bacteria while on the shelf and from the harsh acidic environment of the stomach (shown in vitro to survive pH2 for 2 hours). The Bio-Kult blister packs offers further protection against moisture and extremes of temperature. No refrigeration is required due to this high protection. An external laboratory undertakes regular rigorous stability testing on Bio-Kult so unlike some other companies we are able to guarantee stability and count until the end of the two year shelf life when kept at room temperature up to 25 degrees Celsius.
Individual probiotic strains have different requirements to aid their growth in culture and the human gastrointestinal tract. Bio-Kult is not marketed as a ‘starter culture’ to make yogurt or soured milk and the strains in Bio-Kult have not been chosen for their ability to ferment milk (namely species Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus). Our strains are freeze dried to enhance their stability and shelf life and are believed to become active again once they meet the complex environment of the small intestine. However, some people have had some success culturing milk, but others have not. We complete rigorous stability testing on each batch of Bio-Kult enabling us to guarantee the stated quantity of at least 2 billion live bacteria per capsule for the entire 2 year shelf life. This stability testing is undertaken every 3 months by an external laboratory for which we receive certification. We also have a vast array of clinical trials that show beneficial outcomes of taking our multi-strain live bacteria products, implying they must be reaching the intestines alive. For further details of these please see our research booklet http://www.protexin.com/ourprobioticresearch/