Types Of Probiotics - Our Probiotic Strains
Specific probiotic strains for specific conditions
At OptiBac Probiotics we specialise entirely in probiotics, and in particular we use specific probiotic strains to target different health conditions. Recognising that different types of probiotics can have different beneficial effects on the body (and that growing research continues to demonstrate this), we aim to offer each of our customers a specific probiotic supplement to support their individual health needs. When it comes to probiotics, it is not a question of 'one-size-fits-all'!
What is a probiotic strain?
Many people (healthcare professionals included) misunderstand the definition of a probiotic 'strain'. Read on to make sure you are in the know.
The term ‘strain’ refers to a biological variety within a species; a species in turn, exists within a genus. For example in our product 'One week flat', the name Lactobacillus acidophilus Rosell-52 tells you the name of the genus (Lactobacillus), the species (acidophilus), and the strain (Rosell-52). Different probiotic manufacturers use different strains, although these may be of the same species and genera; meaning that one acidophilus supplement is not equal to another acidophilus supplement. It is hence best to choose a probiotic supplement that uses robust, well researched strains.
Many of our probiotic strain names include 'Rosell' as they originated from, and have been rigorously tested by, the leading probiotic firm, Institut Rosell. The example above, L. acidophilus NCFM®, is thought to be one of the most researched probiotic strains in the world. Find out more about Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM®.
Viable, effective strains
As well as selecting the optimum probiotic strains to target your personal health needs, it is important to consider the viability and efficacy of the probiotic strains themselves. In order to be an effective probiotic, the strains must be alive at the time of consumption, and must survive the stomach acidity and bile salts in order to reach the intestines. It is furthermore important that the probiotic strains are capable of adhering to the gut wall lining, so that they can in turn multiply and colonise the gut with good bacteria. The OptiBac Probiotics strains undergo numerous in-vitro tests documenting their viability at room temperature, their ability to survive the acidic stomach environment and bile salts, and their adhesion capabilities inside the gut.
Featured OptiBac Probiotics Strains
Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM® can be found in our 'For every day EXTRA Strength' and 'For every day MAX' supplements. This particular strain is the most well-researched L. acidophilus in the world, with over 45 clinical trials covering a number of different health conditions, such as IBS and immune function support. NCFM stands for the 'North Carolina Food Microbiology' research laboratory, where it was first identified in the 1970s.
Bfidobacterium lactis BB-12® is the sole probiotic strain found in our 'Bifidobacteria & fibre' supplement. The B. lactis BB-12® strain is likely the world's most well-researched strain of the entire Bifidobacteria genus. It is notable for its ability to support digestion and gut motility, and is particularly well-researched for supporting health in those constipation. It has been trialled and shown to help aid bowel regularity amongst different populations, including in pregnant women, children and the elderly. Bifidobacterium lactis BB-12 has also been shown to support the immune system in a number of clinical trials.
Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14® & Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1® is a very unique combination of strains, in our 'For women' supplement, that have been found to support health in women with intimate health conditions such as thrush, cystitis, and bacterial vaginosis (BV). This combination of strains (the two have mostly been trialled as a pair) has over 30 years of clinical research, in more than 26 clinical trials including over 2,500 women.
Bifidobacterium infantis Rosell-33. This strain has been scientifically demonstrated to inhibit the adhesion of harmful strains of E. coli in the gastrointestinal tract, thereby supporting a healthier immune system in infants and children. Unlike in adults, an infant’s intestinal microbiota is susceptible to many changes, and this delicate balance between beneficial (probiotic) and pathogenic bacteria in a child’s gut contributes to their overall health and immunity. Unlike L. acidophilus, B. infantis mainly resides in the large intestine or colon. Bifidobacterium infantis Rosell-33 is one of the key ingredients in For babies & children.
Saccharomyces boulardii is an internationally acclaimed probiotic yeast that works in a very different manner to our other strains. Saccharomyces boulardii is actually transient, and has undergone rigorous clinical research to demonstrate is ability to bind to and flush out pathogenic bacteria such as E. coli and Salmonella, naturally working against diarrhoea. Saccharomyces boulardii has also shown to have strong anti-inflammatory properties and to help prevent fungal overgrowth from yeasts such as Candida albicans.
Lactobacillus rhamnosus Rosell-11 & Lactobacillus acidophilus Rosell-52 is an incredibly well researched combination of strains, which is found in our 'For those on antibiotics' supplement. This combination of probiotics has over 31 clinical trials to back it up, with the majority of these focused on antibiotic-associated side effects. This specific duo of strains has been shown to help reduce the risk of antibiotic associated side effects during and after treatment, even when taken at the same time as antibiotic medication.