Updated 09 June 2016

Optimise your gut health with probiotics

Whether you're taking antibiotics or would just like an added boost, probiotics can improve both your immune system and your gut health.


Probiotics are defined as “live micro-organisms, which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit to the human body”.

These are “good bacteria’ or “helpful bacteria” present in food and dietary supplements.

For the general population, these benefits include supporting immune function or gut health. Benefits include reducing antibiotic-associated diarrhoea and help manage digestive symptoms.

There are various mechanisms that may account for the positive effects of probiotics on human health.

Possible mechanisms include:

- reducing harmful organisms in the gut

- producing antimicrobial compounds (substances that destroy  or suppress the growth  of harmful microorganisms)

- stimulating the body’s immune response.

Probiotics commonly used contains specific types of ‘good bacteria’, including Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus.

These bacteria are considered beneficial as they reduce harmful organisms in the gut and do not produce toxins harmful to the body.

Lp299v: For optimal digestive health

Lp299v pack shot

Lp299v is a probiotic containing ‘beneficial bacteria’ called Lactobacillus plantarum 299v. Administration of Lactobacillus plantarum effects a favourable increase in Lactobacillus colonisation in the gut and reduction in harmful bacteria. By enhancing beneficial composition of the helpful bacteria, Lactobacillus plantarum optimises normal gut function.


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