FAQs

Q: Why are the Bio-Kult capsules in blisters?
A: Blistering the product offers greater flexibility and a far higher protection against extremes of temperature. Thus ensuring the stability, integrity and quality of the product is kept for every individual capsule until the end of shelf life.
Q: I suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Will live bacteria supplements help?
A: Evidence has shown that live bacteria (such as some of the strains contained within our products) can reduce the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, like bloating and gas.
Q: Is Bio-Kult suitable for vegetarians?
A: Bio-Kult does not contain any meat-based materials. All capsules used are vegetable.
Q: Can they be taken during pregnancy?
A: Our products contain naturally occurring beneficial microorganisms which have been previously shown to be safe to take during pregnancy. However, we would always recommend that advice should be sought from your GP/Health Care Practitioner whenever taking supplements.
Q: Is there any situation when they should not be taken?
A: They should be prescribed at the discretion of the Health Care Practitioner for pregnant women, milk allergies, and in cases of immunosuppression.
Q: I'm lactose intolerant. Can I use Bio-Kult?
A: Our products contain live bacteria strains that have been shown to produce lactase, the enzyme needed to break down lactose, which is usually lacking in people intolerant to lactose. They contain traces of milk products at a level which would not affect lactose intolerance sufferers.
Q: I have an allergy to milk. Can I take Bio-Kult?
A: Our products contain traces of milk that would not affect lactose intolerant sufferers, but if you have an allergy to milk, we would suggest you talk to your practitioner before taking.
Q: Is the Bio-Kult range non-GMO?
A: All the products in the Bio-Kult range are non-GMO. We have full certification from all our suppliers for all ingredients.
Q: Are there any side effects?
A: Our products contain a high concentration of live bacteria. If there is a pathogenic overload in your gut, and you start off with a high dose, in a small number of people a ‘die-off' side effect, such as bloating, may be experienced for a few days.
Q: I suffer from IBD. Will live bacteria supplements help?
A: Evidence suggests that increasing the number of live bacteria in the small intestine and colon may improve the health of patients suffering from Inflammatory Bowel Disease. live bacterias will not cure IBD, but have been shown to reduce the symptoms of IBD.
Q: I'm going on holiday, but regularly suffer from Traveller's Diarrhoea. Will live bacteria supplements help?
A: Studies have shown that giving live bacteria food supplements to travellers reduces the incidence ofTraveller's Diarrhoea.
Q: I regularly suffer from yeast infections, such as Candida. Will live bacteria supplements help?
A: Evidence has shown that taking a live bacteria supplement can help prevent recurrent yeast infections.
Q: Can I take live bacteria at the same time as antibiotics?
A: Yes, evidence shows that taking live bacteria supplements at the same time as an antibiotic can reduce the incidence of antibiotic-associated diarrhoea. For the best results, take the supplement at the opposite end of the day to the antibiotic. Where this is not possible, take the live bacteria supplement at least three hours after the antibiotic course.
Q: I suffer from eczema. Will live bacteria supplements help?
A: Yes. Some studies have shown that taking a daily live bacteria food supplement can reduce eczema symptoms.
Q: I have a leaky gut. Will live bacteria supplements help?
A: Yes. Live bacteria supplements have been shown to improve intestinal permeability and reduce inflammation in sufferers of leaky gut syndrome.
Q: Is Bio-Kult gluten, nut and egg free?
A: Bio-Kult products do not contain gluten, nuts or eggs.
Q: I've heard that if you have too many strains of live bacteria in one supplement they destroy each other. Is this true?
A: There is some general concern debated about this in scientific literature but there is limited scientific data to back this up. In many studies, the comparisons are not strictly valid because in each study the dose of multi-strain live bacteria differed from that of the single strain. A recent review concluded that multi strains appear more effective than single strains overall. We believe a wider number of strains provide a wider range of benefits overall, and multi-strains are how we understand live bacterias to be provided in nature and within the gut flora.
We are able to guarantee the stability and count of all the bacteria within the Bio-Kult products until the end of the products shelf life.
Q: Why doesn't Bio-Kult need to be kept in the fridge?
A: All our products are manufactured to an extremely high standard (cGMP accredited) in our purpose built facility in Somerset (Probiotics International Ltd.), enabling us to stay in complete control of our quality standards. Bio-Kult is manufactured using the latest techniques. The live bacteria themselves are encapsulated (with a protective coating) during a freeze drying process (lyophilisation). This process aids in the protection of the bacteria while on the shelf and from the harsh acidic environment of the stomach (shown in vitro to survive pH2 for 2 hours). The Bio-Kult blister packs offers further protection against moisture and extremes of temperature. No refrigeration is required due to this high protection. An external laboratory undertakes regular rigorous stability testing on Bio-Kult so unlike some other companies we are able to guarantee stability and count until the end of the two year shelf life when kept at room temperature up to 25 degrees Celsius.