Q: What are probiotics?
A: Probiotics are live micro-organisms (mainly bacteria but also yeasts) which are thought provide numerous health benefits. In order to provide these health benefits, probiotics need to be able to survive the acidic environment of the stomach. They also need to be eaten in adequate quantities.
Q: Should I take probiotics? Are they safe?
A: Because probiotics are “friendly” bacteria that naturally exist in the digestive tract, there are no major risks associated with their use. Probiotics promote the growth of good bacteria while discouraging the growth of harmful microorganisms.
Q: What are the proven health benefits of probiotics?
There is a good deal of scientific evidence suggesting that probiotics are effective for gastrointestinal problems including :
- Diarrhea: Specifically antibiotic associated diarrhea
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Ulcerative Colitis, Pouchitis and Crohn’s Disease
- Food Intolerance
- Helicobacter pylori infection.
Research also suggests that probiotics can inhibit tumors, improve immune function and reduce blood cholesterol levels.
Q: When is the best time to take probiotics?
A: The recommended time to take a probiotic capsule (packet) is before your morning breakfast with a glass of water.
Q: How should the probiotic be stored after opening?
A: It’s best to place the bottle in a refrigerator after opening to keep the bacteria strains ‘healthy’ and prolong their viability and efficacy.
Q: Are all probiotics the same in terms of their health benefits?
A: No, different strains can have different effects. Therefore if you want to try a probiotic for a specific complaint be sure to select the specific strain that has been proven to help your particular condition.
Q: How can I add probiotics to my diet?
A: You can add probiotics to your diet either by eating probiotic foods (including beverages) or by taking probiotic supplements. Generally speaking, probiotic supplements usually contain higher numbers of probiotic organisms than probiotic foods.
Q: What side-effects should I expect when starting probiotics?
A: You may experience symptoms of bloating, flatulence (gas), abdominal pain, constipation or diarrhea in the first few days of probiotic therapy. These symptoms occur as your digestive system rebalances in favor of the good bacteria. The symptoms should subside after a few days. However, if they persist, then you can always reduce your dosage and ramp back up slowly.
Q: Are probiotics safe for children?
A: Yes, both probiotic foods and supplements are safe for children. There is a wide range of probiotic supplements which are suitable for children.
Q: Can a pregnant or lactating woman take probiotics?
A: Probiotics do not pose any safety concerns for pregnant and lactating women. Systemic absorption is rare when probiotics are used by healthy individuals, and there is no indications in adverse pregnancy outcomes. Probiotics also contain microorganisms like Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, but these are safe to take while pregnant. Probiotics stay in the gut and won't spread to the fetus. According to some studies, probiotics may even lead to a healthier pregnancy under certain circumstances.
Q: How long does it take for probiotics to start working?
A: Based on clinical observations, some patients notice the benefits of probiotics as soon as 1-3 days. For others, it takes as long as 2-3 weeks to feel the effects of probiotic supplementation.
Q: What is difference between a MeridLife Daily and Senior Probiotic?
A: MeridLife Senior or Silver Probiotic specialty formula contains a high percentage of Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli to help replenish the beneficial bacteria that rapidly decline in adults and seniors.
These important Bifidobacteria bacteria help to digest dietary fiber, prevent infection and produce vitamins and other important chemicals. Elderly people have more harmful bacteria in their intestines than younger adults! As elderly people have fewer friendly bacteria that have deteriorated over the years through possible neglect and poor diet, probiotic supplements are necessary to help maintain a good balance.
Developed for Adults 50+ years, MeridLife Senior Probiotic is by far, the perfect way for those in their Golden Years to maintain optimal digestive health, immunity and overall well being.