July 24, 2017

Bio-K plus reduces the risk of diarrhea

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Yogurts are typically produced using a culture of Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus and Streptococcus salivarus subsp. thermophilus, to which are added the probiotics lactobacilli and/or bifidobacteria.

Probiotic enriched yogurts can be compared to cereals or juices enriched with probiotics. Research seems to suggest that although these foods do contain probiotics the count may be reduced over the shelf life.

Bio-K+ products however, are fermented directly with the probiotic strains L. acidophilus C1285 and L casei LBC80R making them 100% probiotic. Bio-K bacteria have been shown to thrive in the human gut. The fermentation process used by Bio-K is different and guarantees the bacterial count until the expiration date. These attributes may in fact explain the higher price for this product. Bio-K+ probiotics are also available in tablet format.

Bio-K + International was granted the use of the following claims by Health Canada:

  • “Bio-K + Extra Strength helps REDUCE the RISK of antibiotic-associated diarrhea”.
  • “Helps to reduce the risk of Clostridium Difficile Associated Diarrhea (CDAD) in hospitalized patients”.

It is a world first for a government agency to grant a natural health product such a health claim. No other probiotic has the right to make such a claim in Canada or around the world. Health Canada recognizes that Bio-K + can reduce the risk of C. Difficile associated diarrhea in hospitalized patients.

Recommended dosage for antibiotic treatment:
• Two capsules per day for the duration of antibiotic treatment, and for five days after the end of treatment.
• The capsule should be taken at least two hours after administration of the antibiotic.

You can also refer to the CPS “Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties” for the full Bio-K+ product monograph.


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