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I'm as sceptical of tablets and potions as the next person, probably even so being an increasingly curmudgeonly over 40 year old man, and for quite a few years didn't really worry about my health. Recurring stomach discomfort? it'll fix itself, just lay off the curries for a bit. Bit bloaty and gassy? lay off the alcohol. To most men, health= hassle and we just hope things will go away and sort themselves out.
Being that I didn't tend to discuss these problems too much with friends (hard to fit in 'stomach troubles' between football and playstation talk!) it was actually good old mum that put me on to this product, 'Optibac Probiotics for Daily Wellbeing' ; bit of a mouthful, but they do a whole range of products and I suppose the easiest way to distinguish them is by giving them the title explaining exactly what they do. My mum uses two other products of theirs, and swears by them, so I decided to give them a whirl. Why the change of heart? Two reasons. One is that I'm no spring chicken any more, and illnesses and discomforts I shrugged off easily before I no longer can. Secondly, and more importantly, I am now the dad to two young children, and want to ensure I am around as long as possible.
So what is 'Optibac Probiotics for Daily Wellbeing'? This is where I have to cheat a little and use a bit of the company's science, as my understanding of HOW it works is a lot less than my understanding that it DOES work! The capsules (which are safe for vegetarians, by the way) contain a 'unique and balanced formulation of 6 different probiotic strains..combined with prebiotics to provide daily support for your digestive health and immune system'. PREbiotics are apparently the nutrition that the PRObiotics need to work, apparently....pay attention at the back, there may be a test later.
In laymans terms, they provide a balance of good germs, which is probably what is lacking in your digestive system, which then help to restore your digestive system to its normal healthy state. Hopefully even super-tune it! Additionally, to ensure no chance of irritation from the capsules themselves, they contain no preservatives, colours, sugars or fats
Thats the science, but the proof is in the pudding, so did they work? Yes, they did. Certainly not in a miracle drug sense, they took several days of me taking them before I saw any effect, but when I ate food that I know irritates my stomach the irritation (although still there) was significantly reduced. I have been taking them for a few months now, not always daily but several times a month and I would definitely give them a thumbs up. Apart from anything else, I have felt a lot healthier in general, and apparently probiotics are supposed to strengthen general immunity as well, so pretty much a win win situation.
The capsules I purchased came in quantities of 60, in a standard vitamins type plastic bottle, in a branded OptiBac box; I assume though that larger bottles are available. The online purchase price is around the£10 mark, and can be found on a lot of health and well being sites, as well as Amazon and ProBiotics own site. Suitable for all adults, and can be taken by children 3 years and above. The recommended dose is 2 capsules a day with food, but I tend to take just one a day, unless I am experiencing discomfort when I up the dose to 2 ( a 2 tablet dose provides 5 billion live probiotic microorganisms!)
I really do recommend this product, especially if you do suffer from stomach discomfort, which a large part of the country do apparently, as it does exactly what it promises. Couldn't be more pleased with the product or my mum's original recommendation.
I always knew listening to mum would pay off!
OptiBac Probiotics For Daily Wellbeing is a unique and balanced formulation of 6 different probiotic strains combined with prebiotics (i.e. food for the probiotics to flourish) to provide daily maintenance for our digestive health and immune systems / Contains Lactobacillus Acidophilus.