The history of probiotics, or 'good bacteria', lies in the 1900s when probiotics were discovered by Russian scientist and Nobel Prize winner, Elie Metchnikoff of the Pasteur Institute in Paris.

In 1907, working in Bulgaria, Metchnikoff was intrigued as to why certain inhabitants of the Bulgarian population lived much longer than others. Discovering that villagers living in the Caucasus Mountains were drinking a fermented yoghurt drink on a daily basis, his studies found that a probiotic called Lactobacillus bulgaricus improved their health and may have helped the longevity of their lives.

Metchnikoff's pioneering research prompted him and others to look further into probiotics, leading scientists to discover many types of probiotics such as Lactobacillus acidophilus, Saccharomyces boulardii, and Bifidobacterium infantis; all of which have various properties and can have different effects on the body.

It was also, of course, the first step of the exciting probiotic journey that led us to creating the OptiBac Probiotics range, taking specific strains of bacteria and tailoring them to meet your specific health needs.

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Just how far probiotics have come!


  • It keeps us healthy and the mentioned diet all should try.

  • Response from OptiBac Probiotics

    Hi Hari,

    Thank you for your comments.
    It's very interesting that most different cultures around the world typically had their own form of fermented foods to introduce probiotics into their diet: kimchi from Korea; kombucha from China, Eastern Europe, Russia and Japan; Lassi from India; Sauerkraut from Germany, and so on.
    Before our modern processed, sugary diets and medications took their toll on our gut bacteria, this was all that was necessary to ensure that the gut bacteria of our ancestors was kept in good order. Now there are times when it might be useful to take supplements of probiotics, but it's still a great idea to ensure that our diets contain a nice balance of fermented foods.

    Best wishes,

    Customer Care and Nutritional Advisor
    OptiBac Probiotics

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