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Usage & Storage
Although this is true of some brands, technology now enables probiotic supplements to remain stable at room temperature.
The proprietary production processes in place at our factory mean that the ProVen Probiotics range has been specially formulated to be stable at room temperature for 18 months and to still deliver the stated levels of probiotic bacteria.
We recommend that you store our products in a cool, dry place and if you wish to store ProVen Probiotics in the fridge that is fine, particularly if you are in tropical climates.
The shelf-life of all ProVen Probiotics products is 18 months and we guarantee the bacteria count in each product to the end of the expiration date.
There is increasing evidence that daily supplementation of probiotics helps to improve both intestinal and immune health.
Our gut bacterial community is not static – every day, bacteria represents around half of the fecal mass we excrete from our bodies. This reflects the dynamic nature of our gut bacteria and suggests that supporting this microbiota with probiotics every day will have a positive effect on the balance of bacteria, helping to maintain a higher ratio of the good bacteria required to support health.
Previous generations had higher intakes of probiotic organisms as fermentation was used to preserve foods and these fermented vegetables and dairy foods contained high levels of bacteria. Consumption of fermented foods is far less prevalent today as refrigeration is now used as the means of food preservation and it can therefore be useful to support gut bacteria with daily supplementation.
This depends on the product selected and the reason they are being taken. ProVen Probiotics products can all be taken daily and there are no detrimental effects to taking probiotics long-term.
ProVen Probiotics can be taken at any time of the day to suit you, although they should always be taken alongside a meal or snack.
Missing a dose of your ProVen Probiotics is not a problem – just take the capsule, tablet or sachet as soon as you remember and then take your next dose as normal. Whilst it is useful to take probiotics daily to help support our microbiome, it is not necessary.
Probiotics should always be taken with food. If they are not taken alongside food, 90-95% of the bacteria will die in the stomach acid.
When the stomach is empty, it is typically very acidic (1.8-2.6 pH) and this will kill the probiotic bacteria before they reach the small intestine where they can be utilized to support a balanced microbiome.
When we eat, acid is produced to digest the food, but this acid is neutralized by the food and consequently the pH of the stomach rises to between 3.5 and 4.2. At this pH, the probiotic bacteria are able to survive and pass through the stomach to the intestines where they have their effect.
Yes, the capsules can be opened and the contents sprinkled onto cold food or drink. We often recommend yogurt or cooled mashed potato as foods that work well.
ProVen Probiotics should always be taken alongside food – so if adding to a drink, eat before drinking.
Yes, all ProVen Probiotics products can be taken on holiday.
Many of the adult products are packed in airtight blisters in slim cartons that are easy to pack and are able to be stored at room temperature in a cool, dry place.
There are no known interactions between ProVen Probiotics and medications or foods, but we recommend consulting your doctor or health practitioner before taking ProVen Probiotics if you are on medication or if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy.
Yes, we recommend that you take ProVen Probiotics both alongside and following a course of antibiotics to help maintain the balance of bacteria in your microbiome.
Always take the probiotics at least two hours away from each dose of antibiotics as the antibiotics are designed to kill all bacteria, including probiotics.
The products that we recommend alongside antibiotics are our Adult Acidophilus & Bifidus – 50 Billion, Fit for School for children and our Baby product for infants and toddlers.