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Five Common Questions about Probiotics

2018-09-26 09:45 Wednesday

In recent years, China's probiotics market has grown at a rapid rate, consistently between 15% and 18%., but many consumers are unfamiliar with the most basic knowledge about probiotic products.


Below, we address five questions about probiotics, providing important information for consumers to make informed decisions.——

1、What is "bacterial specificity"?

When shopping for probiotics, sales staff often mention the phrase "bacterial specificity",  which means that each strain of probiotics has a different effect, even though they all belong to the same species, and different strains have different effects.

2、Which probiotic products are better: single-strain or multi-strain?

Recent studies suggest that multiple strains of probiotics are more effective than single strains.

3、Can probiotics and antibiotics be taken at the same time?

A clinical report published in the Journal of Medical Microbiology concluded that when subjects who took bifidobacterium capsules twice a day and began treatment with antibiotic reagents, the number of bifidobacteria in their bodies dropped to 40%, whereas with those who were not treated with antibiotics, the number of bifidobacteria remained at the same level.

Antibiotics don't recognize harmful bacteria and probiotics, so they often kill them, the researchers noted. If you  need to take antibiotics, the interval between consuming probiotics and antibiotics should be at least 2 hours.

4、Can probiotics survive in stomach fluids?

According to a British survey, most probiotics are digested in the stomach. But if the right strains and vectors are selected, such as milk or soy milk, 90% of probiotics can survive in stomach fluids.

5、Can infants and children take probiotics?

Experts believe that if there is no adverse reaction, infants over 1 year old can consume probiotic yoghurt, especially those with poor appetite, indigestion or frequent diarrhea. However, if children do not have any of the above symptoms, probiotics do not need to be taken.

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