Are L. Reuteri & L. Johnsonii safe for infants? Lactobacillus johnsonii and reuteri are scientifically well-documented probiotics with regard to both efficacy and safety. Both strains are among the first bacterial species to become naturally established in the normal microflora of newborn infants. Lactobacillus Johnsonii and Lactobacillus Reuteri are highly effective probiotics, both species being two of very few probiotic species whose natural habitat is the digestive tract and 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.
What distinguishes BioAmicus products from other probiotics on the market? Our products feature an oil delivery system specially made for convenient administration to your newborn, while also helping to provide the probiotic a stable shelf life for many months, even at ambient temperature.
Studies have shown that Lactobacillus reuteri produces the antimicrobial substance reuterin, which inhibits the growth of several pathogenic microorganisms, yet does not affect other strains of beneficial Lactobacillus. In this way, Lactobacillus reuteri supports the populations of other beneficial bacteria, which are part of the normal intestinal microflora. These features allow proper digestive health and development of newborns. In addition, numerous studies have shown how L. reuteri is effective in helping to reduce colic in newborns.
Lactobacillus johnsonii has been shown in studies to help modulate the human immune system, especially in the first year after birth. This special immune modulation helps prevent the developing human immune system from over-sensitizing itself against otherwise inert substances. An over sensitivity immune system has been linked to numerous inflammatory / allergic conditions ranging from allergies, to food sensitivities, asthma, and eczema. These immune assisting features of Lactobacillus johnsonii allow proper immune development in newborns.
Who should take Lactobacillus johnsonii and Lactobacillus reuteri? Our products are specially intended for infants, children, and their mothers who may not be colonized with these important bacteria due to modern lifestyle factors and antimicrobial environments. However, people of all ages can take our products to improve their digestive, immune, and ultimately overall health. By taking BioAmicus probiotics you can maintain a beneficial supply of these essential strains of lactobacilli which can be lacking due to exposure to a number of antimicrobial factors found in today’s modern lifestyle.
Should BioAmicus probiotic products be taken with or without food for maximum benefits? The conditions under which Lactobacillus reuteri and Lactobacillus johnsonii are taken is 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 patient/consumer. Do not pour product into hot drink or food, as this may damage the probiotic.
Should I refrain from combining BioAmicus probiotic products with any specific medicines or drugs? No, these products are considered to be food and are comparable to yogurt when it comes to safety. On the contrary, BioAmicus probiotic products are very useful during times when antibiotics have been prescribed, since they help reduce side-effects of the antibiotic. However, to help ensure that the antibiotics interfere with the protective effects of the probiotic, it is recommended that BioAmicus products be taken 2-3 hours before OR after any antibiotics are taken.
Is Lactobacillus johnsonii or Lactobacillus reuteri growing in the products? No, the probiotics are in a dormant state (freeze-dried) and becomes activated when it comes in contact with digestive fluids, like saliva. How quickly? Very quickly, by the time it reaches the stomach, it can attach and start colony growth.
Are BioAmicus products free from allergens, such as gluten and dairy? BioAmicus products are guaranteed to be 100% free from any of the following possible allergens: Egg proteins, Gluten, Nuts, Peanuts, Corn, Soy, Wheat, Fish, Shellfish, or Artificial flavours. Additionally, as of January 2016 we have removed all milk ingredients from our growing media, so there are no traces of any milk proteins or lactose.
Do BioAmicus products contain any GMO ingredients? All of our products do not contain any GMO components. The Sunflower and Medium Chain Triglycerides oils used are non-GMO. Furthermore, our strains of Lactobacillus johnsonii AND Lactobacillus reuteri have not been genetically altered in any way. They are the unmodified strains as found in the nature. Some competitor brands however use a genetically modified form of Lactobacillus reuteri.
How are BioAmicus products best stored? It is suggested that BioAmicus Probiotic drops be refrigerated AFTER opening for maximum longevity of product. Our probiotic are freeze-dried and metabolically inactive until ingested, however cooler temperatures upon opening will provide the probiotic a stable temperature which maximizes longevity. Remember to never allow the product bottle to be exposed to heat sources or sunlight. Keep container closed after use. Avoid contact with any liquids. Our products also have a stable shelf life of live bacteria cells for many months, also at ambient temperature.
How to take BioAmicus products? Shake bottle well before use. refrigeration may cause product to become viscous. In order to have the drops pour freely, warm the product by rolling bottle in your hand for 1 minute. Alternatively, if the product has become viscous due to refrigeration, allow bottle to sit at room temperature for 5 minutes. These steps will not adversely affect product quality. Pour drops into spoon and give orally, or pour drops into drink or food. Do not pour product into hot drink or food, as this may damage the probiotic.