If customers ask please let them know that it is difficult to label probiotics as organic, as the term 'organic' generally refers to plants grown, or animals reared, under strictly organic standards. Generally speaking crops and animals are thought to be more robust and healthier when grown in organic conditions. When we humans eat the organic crops and meat this is thought to be better for our health, as opposed to when we eat non-organic food products. However, whilst the growth and health of the fruits, vegetables, grains and animal products is affected by whether they are grown and reared in organic conditions, the same concept does not apply to microbial cultures like OptiBac Probiotics. Live cultures of bacteria, and S. boulardii, are single celled, therefore much more simple in their structure and function than crops or meat that we eat. Because of this, live cultures aren't thought to be affected by the 'food they eat' - ie. the fermentation medium on which they are grown - whether it is organic or not will not make a difference to the quality of the bacteria.

Other important factors

Healthcare professionals may note that other factors, such as high quality clinical trials and in-vitro tests, are arguably much more important in selecting a safe and healthy probiotic supplement.

GMO status

It might also worth be noting that none of the strains in any of the products in the OptiBac Probiotics range are genetically modified in any way.

Other probiotics

There are supplements available which contain probiotics and prebiotics, where the prebiotic component may be organic. However, where the label implies that the live cultures are 'organic', we have found this not to be the case.

In conclusion

In summary, the important thing to understand is that probiotics themselves cannot be considered organic or non-organic. As a company, although the 'organic' question does not apply to our products, where possible our nutrition team tend to endorse organic foods and the organic and natural way of life. To find out more about what is important to us as a company, take a look at our values page. For more information on our ingredients, visit the relevant product page (browse the list on the right hand side), or read our full list of ingredients FAQ.