In short

You can take two or more OptiBac products at the same.

It is possible to 'mix and match' products within the OptiBac range, and it is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to overdose on friendly bacteria.

In depth

There are certain scenarios where customers may particularly wish to take more than one live cultures supplement at once:

  • 'Saccharomyces boulardii' (formerly known as 'For bowel calm') has a different mode of action to other microorganisms, and can therefore be safe and appropriate to take alongside any other supplement in the OptiBac range. Many of our customers with conditions such as Candida, IBS or IBD take both 'For every day EXTRA Strength' and 'Saccharomyces boulardii' on a regular basis.
  • Many people have difficulty choosing between 'For every day' (for general natural bacteria support) and 'For daily immunity' (made to support immunity). If you are having trouble deciding between the two try 'mixing and matching' by taking one capsule of each product every day. This way, your body receives the natural plant extracts from 'For daily immunity', with extra live cultures & FOS fibres from 'For every day'. Cover for both the immune system and the gut.
  • 'One week flat' (formerly called 'For a flat stomach') and 'For every day' are often purchased together. Each of these supplements contain 5 billion microorganisms per daily dose, both with added FOS fibres, hence it is not necessary to take them at the same time. If you did buy these products together, we generally recommend starting with the seven-day intensive course of 'One week flat', and then going on to 'For every day' for maintenance.

  • Certain live cultures supplements are designed and shown to target specific areas of the body, for example OptiBac 'For women' has been proven to survive to reach the vaginal flora. In this case customers may wish to take 'For women' as well as one of the other OptiBac supplements which are designed to reach the gut.

Taking other brands

If you are taking a different brand of live cultures and wish to take one of ours alongside it, there is very little risk. Live cultures are natural supplements, and our range tends to provide 2.5 billion to 40 billion microorganisms per daily dose - whereas the human body is home to an incredible 100 trillion microorganisms. Whilst we cannot speak for other brands, and it would always be best to check with the manufacturer in question, at the end of the day, there is generally no harm in taking more than one live cultures supplement at the same time. For further reassurance, see Can I overdose on probiotics?