Our expert says:
Probiotic bacteria in a capsule/tablet form are effectively like dormant seeds or spores. In the production process they are lyophilised into a freeze dried powder. Once they come into contact with moisture in the body (gut) and “fuel” in the form of undigested carbohydrates, glycerol etc, they “bud” or grow.
From a storage point of view (while in capsule or tablets form) they are sensitive to high temperature and to moisture.
Hence some are stored refrigerated. Others (like REUTERI) have good stability data and the count of bacteria (strength) can be guaranteed until expiry date if stored in a dry place at less that 250C. In the case of Reuteri drops they are stored refrigerated as this enables a 2 year shelf life claim vs. 18 months if not refrigerated.
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