What distinguishes BioGaia products from other probiotics on the market?

Lactobacillus reuteri is one of very few probiotic species whose natural habitat is the digestive tract and it is therefore especially well adapted to thrive in this kind of environment. It is among the first bacterial species to become naturally established in the normal microflora of the newborn. Most other probiotic strains are only temporary or transient inhabitants of the gastrointestinal tract, derived from the intake of food.

Lactobacillus reuteri is one of the most scientifically well-documented probiotics with regard to both efficacy and safety.

Lactobacillus reuteri produces the antimicrobial substance reuterin, which inhibits the growth of several pathogenic microorganisms. At the same time, Lactobacillus reuteri supports the populations of other bacteria, which are part of the normal intestinal microflora.

BioGaia is a guarantee of quality probiotic products formulated and packaged to ensure convenient administration and a stable shelf life of live bacteria cells for many months, also at ambient temperature.

What is the recommended dosage of Lactobacillus reuteri?

The recommended daily dose of Lactobacillus reuteri Protectis is 100 million CFU (Colony Forming Units), or 10^8 CFU. You get this dose by consuming:

  • 1 table of BioGaia chewable tablet
  • 5 drops of BioGaia probiotic drops

Shouldn't BioGaia probiotic products contain a larger number of bacteria in a daily dose in order to be efficient?

No, based on the results of clinical studies, the dose level of 100 million CFU/day has been chosen as a safe and efficient dose for Lactobacillus reuteri.

Lactobacillus reuteri has proven to possess all the necessary qualities regarding efficacy and product shelf-life, without being combined with any other probiotic species.

Why is the dose of Lactobacillus reuteri the same in adults and children? Shouldn't it be higher in adults?

No, Lactobacillus reuteri is a living bacterium that grows in the digestive tract. The larger the tract, the more it grows to effectively colonize. It is not like a pharmaceutical where the distribution of the chemical substance depends on the body size since the substance cannot reproduce itself.

How long does it take before I notice the effects of taking Lactobacillus reuteri?

Normally you should notice the effects within a few days. While people who are already perfectly healthy may not experience any difference, those taking Lactobacillus reuteri because of some digestive tract disturbance may notice an effect after 2-4 days. In some cases, it may take longer, for example if the person is taking a medication affecting the digestive tract function

Do I need to take Lactobacillus reuteri every day?

Yes, since the intestinal levels are depleted within about a week after discontinuing use. The resident microflora of an individual is relatively fixed and thereby highly resistant to the establishment of "newcomers". Even an indigenous bacterium like Lactobacillus reuteri should be taken on a regular basis, since most people of modern society does not get colonized by Lactobacillus reuteri during infancy. By taking BioGaia probiotics you maintain a beneficial total daily supply of lactobacilli.

Should BioGaia probiotic products be taken with or without food for maximum benefits?

The conditions under which Lactobacillus reuteri is taken are not critical. Hypothetically, the elevated pH shortly after the intake of food might have a positive impact on the survival of Lactobacillus reuteri, but it is more important that Lactobacillus reuteri is taken on a regular daily basis and at a time of the day that is suitable for the patient/consumer.

Should I refrain from combining BioGaia probiotic products with any specific medicines or drugs?

No, these products are considered to be food and are comparable to yoghurt when it comes to safety. On the contrary, BioGaia probiotic products are very useful in combination with for example antibiotics. It helps reduce side-effects of the antibiotic. BioGaia probiotics is to be taken 2 hours after antibiotics.

Is Lactobacillus reuteri growing in the product?

No, it is in a dormant state (freeze-dried) and becomes activated / fully metabolically active when it comes in contact with the saliva. How quickly? Very quickly, by the time it reaches the stomach, it can attach and start colony growth.

What are Biogaia Lactobacillus reuteri?

Biogaia Lactobacillus reuteri is a strain of the species Lactobacillus reuteri that has shown to have positive effects on human digestive health. It is used in most products such as drops, tablets, yoghurts and drinks. Its scientific designation is Lactobacillus reuteri DSM 17938 (formerly known as Lactobacillus reuteri ATCC 55730).

Are BioGaia products free from gluten and dairy?

BioGaia Probiotic drops
The BioGaia Probiotic drops are dairy free. A barley source is used as a fermentation nutrient for the probiotic culture used in the drops. However, analytical data from a certified laboratory has not revealed gluten in the drops. Labelling may vary from country to country, due to local regulation.

BioGaia chewable tablets
The probiotic culture, which is used in the tablets, is fermented either on a skim milk or a barely based medium. Analytical data reveals lactose and gluten in the culture. However, in the finished product neither milk protein nor lactose are detectable, and the gluten level is below EU limit value for Gluten free products according to Regulation (EC) No. 41/2009 (< 20 mg/kg). Labelling may vary from country to country, due to local regulation.