When is the best time of day to take live cultures?
When should I take my OptiBac live cultures?Most of the OptiBac range are best taken with a meal, and ideally with breakfast.
Why is this the best time?
Research from microbiologists shows that at mealtimes (and especially breakfast time) the stomach’s gastric acidity is naturally at pH 4 or above.
The strains in the OptiBac range were developed to survive gastric acidity above (i.e. closer to neutral than) pH 3. In-vitro trials on our live culture strains show a 95-100% survival rate through gastric acidity at this pH level.
This is why we recommend taking the majority of our live cultures with your breakfast, as they will have the best survival rate through the body's gastric acidity. Plus, they're a great way to set yourself up for the day ahead!
There are a couple of our supplements that you can take at other times of day.
Saccharomyces boulardii can also be taken away from breakfast-time - this strain is very robust, and need not necessarily be taken with breakfast, or even with food. It can be taken as and when required, at any time of day.
How should I take my OptiBac?
- Don't mix the live culture powder with hot or acidic food/drinks
- It's not recommended to swallow your live culture capsules with a hot or acidic drink
- It's fine to take your capsule/sachet with or in a cold, non-acidic drink/meal, then consume a hot/acidic drink or hot food straight afterwards
- It's unnecessary to take your live culture with a cold drink, and then wait 15 minutes until you have a hot drink It's not recommended to store probiotics that have been mixed with food or liquids
- It's not recommended to store probiotics that have been mixed with food or liquids
Can I take live cultures with medication?
Live cultures should not interfere with other medicines or herbal/natural remedies, so it’s generally fine to take our products alongside any other supplements or medications, but there are one or two exceptions.
If you are taking antibiotics, then certain live cultures are best taken separately. However, our 'For those on antibiotics' can safely be taken alongside antibiotics with no concerns over the viability of the bacterial strains.
It’s also necessary to avoid taking anti-fungal medicines or supplements alongside our Saccharomyces boulardii, as they may damage this friendly yeast.
This FAQ has been answered by Kerry Beeson, BSc (Nut.Med) Nutritional Therapist.