What types of products with Lactobacillus reuteri are available?

Probiotic baby and child care:

  • BioGaia Protectis drops
  • BioGaia Protectis drops D3
  • BioGaia Protectis ORS (oral rehydration solution)
  • BioGaia Protectis tabs
  • BioGaia Protectis tabs D3
  • L. reuteri Protectis culture is also used in infant formula and in capsules

Probiotic gut health (adults):

  • BioGaia Protectis
  • BioGaia Protectis D3
  • BioGaia Life Top Straw

Probiotic GI health (adults):

  • BioGaia Gastrus

Probiotic oral health (adults):

  • BioGaia Prodentis lozenges
  • BioGaia Prodentis drops

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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 of humans and it is therefore especially well adapted to thrive in this kind of environment. Most other probiotic strains are only temporary or transient inhabitants of the gastrointestinal tract, derived from the intake of food. Generally Lactobacillus reuteri is among the first bacterial species to become naturally established in the gastrointestinal tract of the newborn. However, in modern society only very few individuals are exposed to sufficient numbers to get colonised.
  • 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 microbiota.

Where can I buy your products?

For a detailed list of BioGaia’s products in your country please follow this link to our products.

What is Lactobacillus reuteri Prodentis?

Lactobacillus reuteri Prodentis is a combination of two strains of Lactobacillus reuteri and is used in BioGaia’s oral health products lozenges and drops. It contains the two strains, Lactobacillus reuteri DSM 17938 and Lactobacillus reuteri ATCC PTA 5289.

What is the recommended dosage of BioGaia Protectis?

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 BioGaia Protectis tablet, 1 BioGaia Protectis straw or 5 drops of BioGaia Protectis drops.

What is Lactobacillus reuteri Protectis?

Lactobacillus reuteri Protectis is a strain of the species Lactobacillus reuteri that has been tested in more than 122 clinical trials (in humans). It is used in products such as drops and tablets. Its scientific designation is Lactobacillus reuteri DSM 17938.

What is the recommended dosage of BioGaia Prodentis?

The recommended daily dose of Lactobacillus reuteri Prodentis is 200 million CFU, or 2 x 10^8 CFU. You get this dose by consuming 1 BioGaia Prodentis lozenge or 5 drops of BioGaia Prodentis drops.

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

The recommended dose of a probiotic does not depend on bodyweight.

BioGaia’s clinical studies show efficacy in both children and adults with the same dose. Possible arguments for that could be:

  • Probiotics are living organisms that makes use of the space available.
  • The larger digestive track in adults simply offers more nutrients and more room for the bacteria to colonize and grow.
  • It is not like a pharmaceutical where the distribution of the chemical substance depends on the body size or volume of blood since the substance cannot reproduce itself.

 

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 Protectis. The corresponding dose for Lactobacillus reuteri Prodentis and Gastrus is 200 million CFU/day.
  • Lactobacillus reuteri has proven to possess all the necessary qualities regarding efficacy and product shelf-life, without being combined with any other probiotic species.

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 microbiota 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 regularly you maintain the total daily supply of lactobacilli.

Should BioGaia probiotic products be taken with or without food?

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 consumer.

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

BioGaia probiotic products could be useful in combination with for example antibiotics as they contribute to keeping the balance in the gut microbiota. These products are considered to be food and are actually comparable to yoghurt when it comes to safety.

How should I give BioGaia Protectis drops?

• The drops can be administered by using a spoon.
• Put 5 drops on a (soft) plastic spoon and turn the spoon over in the mouth and sort of “dry” it off on the tongue of the baby.
• They can also be mixed with cold or lukewarm food. Avoid hot food, since L. reuteri is sensitive to high temperatures.
• Always shake the bottle well before usage.

Can the drops be added to formula milk?

Yes the drops can be mixed with breast milk and/or formula. The only thing to consider when adding the drops to liquids is the temperature. Do not add to liquids warmer than 37°C/99°F. If adding to liquids make sure to consume within the same day.

Is Lactobacillus reuteri growing in the product?

No, the bacteria are in a dormant state and become activated and fully metabolically active when they come in contact with the saliva. This happens quickly, by the time they reach the stomach, they can start to colonize.

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

It is hard to give a more precise answer as each human and the gut microbiota is unique. Please contact a health care professional for advice.

Can Protectis tablets be used by patients that suffer from intolerance and/or allergy?

Biogaia Protectis tablets can be used by patients suffering from milk protein allergy and / or are sensitive to lactose / gluten.

  • A probiotic bacteria can be grown on different types of media
  • The L. reuteri Protectis culture used in BioGaia Protectis tablets are grown either on skim milk or a barley based media.
  • After production the bacteria are diluted in the product
  • Analytical data reveals milk protein, 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.

Can Prodentis be used by patients that suffer from intolerance and/or allergy?

The culture, which is used in the product, is fermented either on a skim milk or a barley based medium. Analytical data reveals milk protein, 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 Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 828/2014 (<20 mg/kg). As allergen food labelling regulation may vary from country to country, local regulation has always to beconsidered when labelling this product.

Can Protectis drops be used by patients that suffer from intolerance and/or allergy?

Biogaia Protectis drops can be used by patients suffering from milk protein allergy and / or are sensitive to lactose / gluten

  • A probiotic bacteria can be grown on different types of media
  • The L. reuteri Protectis culture used in BioGaia Protectis drops are grown on a barley based media, therefore, the drops do not contain lactose or milk protein
  • After production the bacteria are diluted in the product. Analytical data reveals gluten in the probiotic culture, however, in the finished product the gluten level is below EU limit value for gluten-free products.

Are BioGaia products free from common allergens?

BioGaia products are free from allergens like milk, gluten, egg, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy.

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