What are the health benefits of probiotics?

BioGaia offers consumers around the world clinically-proven, patented and user-friendly probiotic products. However, due to the regulatory situation we cannot communicate the effect of our products or claim health benefits. In Europe the use of nutrition and health claims is regulated by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and today there are no approved health claims for probiotics.

If you want to know more about probiotics and the effect of good bacteria we recommend you to contact a healthcare professional.

Why is strain specificity so important?

Different probiotic products contain different probiotic strains. This means that one probiotic product with Lactobacillus reuteri, for example L. reuteri NCIMB 30242, is not equal to another probiotic product that contains another strain of Lactobacillus reuteri, for example L. reuteri DSM 17938. This is why bacteria must be defined and tested in clinical trials at strain level.

What is the difference between probiotics and prebiotics?

Probiotics are live microorganisms that, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host. Prebiotics are non-digestible food ingredients that stimulate the growth of bacteria in the digestive system in ways claimed to be beneficial to health.

What are probiotics?

Probiotics are good bacteria that are found in food or supplements. The definition is ”Live microorganisms that, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host.” (WHO/FAO, 2002). Important criteria for qualifying as a true probiotic is that health benefits should be proven in clinical trials. Furthermore, a probiotic product must contain the same bacterial strain(s) and the same dose that was used in the clinical trials.

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