Here you will find questions and answers about PROBI® and our products. If you need further information, please contact us.
Is Probi® ORIGINAL vegan?
Yes, PROBI® ORIGINAL is vegan. PROBI® FEMALE and PROBI® BABY are also vegan. PROBI® FAMILY, PROBI® FRISK and PROBI® ACTIVE contains vitamin D, which is not vegan.
Can you eat PROBI® products if you are lactose intolerant?
Yes, all PROBIS® products are free of lactose. Probiotics (Lactic acid bacteria) have no connection to milk.
Can you eat PROBI® products if you are allergic to milk protein?
Yes, products from PROBI® have no ingredients from milk. Probiotics (Lactic acid bacteria) have no connection to milk.
Can PROBI® products be used during pregnancy and when breast-feeding?
Yes, PROBI® ORIGINAL can be used during pregnancy and when breast feeding. PROBI® ORIGINAL is studied on children from the age of 6 months. None of PROBI’s products have any known contraindications and can be used risk free for years. There is no development of tolerance over time and there is no need of increasing dosage.
Which bacterial strains do PROBI® products contain?
PROBI® ORIGINAL: Lactiplantibacillus plantarum 299v
PROBI® BABY: Lacticaseibacillus rhamnosus DSM 6594
PROBI® FEMALE: Lactiplantibacillus plantarum 299v
PROBI® FAMILY: Lactiplantibacillus plantarum HEAL9 och Lacticaseibacillus paracasei 8700:2
PROBI® ACTIVE: Lactiplantibacillus plantarum HEAL9, Lactiplantibacillus plantarum HEAL19 och Lacticaseibacillus paracasei 8700:2
How much bacteria is it in the different PROBI® products?
PROBI® ORIGINAL: at least 10 billion CFU/capsule – at end of shelf life
PROBI® FRISK: at least 1 billion CFU/tablet – at end of shelf life
PROBI® BABY: at least 100 million CFU/satchet – at end of shelf life
PROBI® FEMALE: at least 10 billion CFU/capsule – at end of shelf life
PROBI® FAMILY: at least 1 billion CFU/tablet – at end of shelf life
PROBI® ACTIVE: at least 10 billion CFU/capsule – at end of shelf life
Can you eat more than one Probi® capsule/tablet?
We always recommend that you take the suggested dosage on the package. There is no risk of over-dose with the products. However, we don’t have any studies if effect would be different at a higher dosage.
Do you need to take the PROBI® capsule/tablet when eating a meal?
No. Although we recommend it if you take PROBI® FEMALE since you want to increase the uptake of iron from the food.
Is there any known side effects from PROBI® products?
Products from PROBI® rarely gives any side effects. A few people can experience increased gassiness or bloated stomach during the first two weeks of eating our products. This is just a sign that the bacteria have started to enjoy their new environment. The symptoms subside after a week or so. For desired effect you need give the body time to get used to the products. Our recommendation is to continue to take the product. If you would get major problems with the stomach it can depend on many different causes, then our recommendation is to contact medical experts.
Is it possible to open the PROBI® capsules and mix with e.g., water?
You can open the PROBI® capsules but remember to consume them fast. Longer time in food or beverage could affect the survivability of the bacteria. You can also mix the bacteria with other types of food and beverage as long as they are cold or room temperature and consumed fast.
Does PROBI® ORGINAL contain soy?
No, PROBI® ORIGINAL is free from soy.
Can I eat PROBI® ORIGINAL and e.g., PROBI® FAMILY at the same time?
Yes, you can combine two different PROBI® products if you want.
How many deciliters Proviva® does one PROBI® ORIGINAL capsule correspond to?
One capsule of PROBI® ORIGINAL corresponds to approx. 2,5 deciliters of Proviva®.
Is it the same bacteria in PROBI® ORIGINAL and PROBI® FEMALE?
Yes, it is. PROBI® ORIGINAL and PROBI® FEMALE both contain Lactiplantibacillus plantarum 299v. PROBI®FEMALE also contains iron, vitamin C and folic acid - designed to suit fertile and pregnant women with higher iron requirements.
PROBI® BABY is now available, but can children also take the other products in the range?
PROBI® BABY is recommended from birth. PROBI® ORIGINAL, FRISK and FAMILY can be used by children from 3 years old.
Can you take PROBI® ORIGINAL if you have ulcerative colitis and are taking medication for it?
As ulcerative colitis/Crohn's is a serious disease, we recommend that you contact your doctor for advice before possibly taking PROBI® ORIGINAL.
Should PROBI® products be stored in a refrigerator?
No, Probi products do not need to be stored in a refrigerator, but thrive at room temperature (below 25°C). Products should not be stored in direct sunlight.
What are probiotics?
Probiotics are live and beneficial bacteria - also known as live microorganisms - that can help balance the gut flora. The collective name for microorganisms is probiotics - when they break down sugar, they produce lactic acid. These bacteria have shown health benefits in clinical studies. The WHO defines probiotics as follows: "live microorganisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, produce a favourable effect on health". There are different types of probiotic strains. For example, one particular strain may show anti-inflammatory properties, while another may contribute to increased diversity in bacterial composition.
What is the difference between probiotics and prebiotics?
Prebiotics are a type of dietary fibre needed for good bacteria to thrive in the gut. They act as food for these bacteria and stimulate their growth.
Is it better to have more bacterial strains and more bacteria?
What matters is not the number of bacterial strains or the amount of bacteria, but that the bacterial strain(s) have clinically proven efficacy. All the bacterial strains we use in PROBI® products have undergone clinical studies with proven efficacy. For example, each PROBI® ORIGINAL capsule contains 10 billion good bacteria, Lactobacillus plantarum 299v. Through clinical studies, we know that this bacterial strain survives and lives in all parts of our gastrointestinal system, i.e., it can colonise from the throat, small intestine, large intestine and "all the way out". This has been documented in clinical studies through both biopsies (tissue samples) and faecal samples. Lactobacillus plantarum 299v increases diversity in the gut.
Can probiotics be taken at the same time as a course of antibiotics?
Yes, this is fine. Antibiotics can affect the entire intestinal flora so that even benign bacteria such as lactic acid bacteria are eliminated and then it is particularly important to restore the balance. The Swedish Food Agency writes that "Some probiotic microorganisms can help restore the composition of the intestinal flora after a course of antibiotics or other temporary disruption of the intestinal flora in otherwise healthy people". It is important to note that there should be at least two hours between the intake of the antibiotic and lactic acid bacteria in order not to negatively affect the survival of the bacteria.