Good probiotics, what are they?

Probiotics have become an integral part of the self-care industry and are among the top 5 favorite and most bought supplements. But what exactly are probiotics? Why should you choose a probiotic supplement; what is the use and what are the advantages? What should you look for when buying a probiotic product? And what is the difference between pre- and probiotics? We tell you it all in this blog.

What are probiotics and what is the meaning of probiotics?

Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that occur naturally in our digestive system (mouth, stomach, intestines). There they help our body digest food. Probiotics comes from the Greek and loosely translated means 'for life'. Probiotic is the singular form and often occurs as a term, which is why we use both terms. Probiotics ensure that we have and keep a good intestinal flora. You could think of them as indispensable cleaners and guardians of our intestines. A healthy intestinal flora is important for normal digestion and bowel movements.

What does probiotic/probiotics contain?

The beneficial probiotic bacteria are naturally found in probiotic foods such as yogurt, sauerkraut and kefir. To get more good bacteria that makes your gut happy, it's smart to eat that kind of food (more). In addition to that diet, there are also many good probiotics available in supplement form. Which one is most suitable for you depends on several factors. There are various probiotic products for specific groups, such as babies, children or probiotics for pregnancy. Probiotics/probiotics are available in many different forms. Think of (chewable) tablets, capsules and powder.

What do 'strains' say about a probiotic?

Scientific research shows that a multi-strain probiotic product is more effective than a single-strain product. Every intestinal flora is unique, but the bacteria in a good probiotic supplement usually corresponds to the main bacterial strains that occur in large numbers in the human gut, such as Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium lactis and Lactobacillus rhamnosus. These are by far the most well-known 'super strains' that have been extensively researched and described in scientific studies and publications. All Golden Naturals probiotic products are composed of multiple strains including the superior strains mentioned above.

The difference between prebiotics and probiotics

Several useful cofactors have been added to Golden Naturals' probiotic products. One of these is prebiotic (inulin). Prebiotics are broken down by the bacteria in the large intestine, a process called fermentation. In fact, prebiotics serve as food for those bacteria. In particular, the growth of lactobacilli and bifidobacteria in the gut is stimulated and they have a better chance of survival. We call the combination of pre- and probiotics synbiotics.
To support the immune system, our probiotic products also contain vitamin C, and vitamin A, which is good for the mucous membranes.

Shelf life and use of probiotic products

You may be wondering how often you should use probiotics and how long your product can be kept. The recommended instructions for use and dosage can always be found on the label. Many probiotic supplements come in powder form and packaged in a (large) jar, exposing the contents to light, air, and moisture at every opening. This can reduce the survival time of the bacteria. Golden Naturals' advanced production process ensures that the probiotic capsules have a long shelf life in the closed packaging, even outside the refrigerator. We have opted for packaging that protects the contents against the influences of air, light and moisture. In addition, the packaging is hermetically sealed with an airtight aluminum seal. This ensures the viability of the bacterial strains.

Best probiotics in gastro-resistant capsules

Numerous probiotic products are available. As a result, you may find it difficult to determine what is the best probiotic for you. We advise you to pay attention to the 'packaging' of the probiotics. And we don't just mean the label (always good to read!), but also what kind of shell the probiotics are in. Because how do you prevent the good bacteria in probiotics from dying in our stomach acid before they reach the intestines? Golden Naturals has come up with something for that! All Golden Naturals probiotic products are contained in easy-to-use, enteric-resistant capsules. This means that the active ingredients are not affected by stomach acid and arrive undamaged at their destination: the intestines. And that makes them (we) happy!