Introduction to Probiotics

What are Probiotics?

Probiotics are microorganisms, containing live bacteria and yeasts that can be good for your health, especially when it comes to your digestive system.

There are billions of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ bacteria in our body – mostly in our digestive tract. Probiotics, known as ‘good bacteria’, help to maintain a healthy balance in our body and can be found in certain foods (ie. yoghurt & kefir) and supplements.

Health benefits of Probiotics

When we are unwell ‘bad bacteria’ enters our body and multiplies, knocking our body out of balance.  Good bacteria works to fight off the bad bacteria, helping to restore a healthy balance.

Some of the health benefits of probiotics include:

  • Supporting our immune system
  • Managing and reducing inflammation
  • Helping our body digest food.
  • Helping replace the good bacteria eg. eg after taking antibiotics
  • Helping prevent harmful bacteria from spreading out of control
  • Helping breakdown and absorb medication.
  • Promoting the health and maintenance of our digestive tract cell lining

Choosing a probiotic

Probiotics are available in varying forms including capsules, chewable tablets and soluble solutions, providing a range of different health benefits. 

Don’t hesitate to call in and have a chat with our pharmacist or one of our trained healthcare advisors – they will be able to recommend the probiotic most suitable for you.Some of our most popular Probiotics include:

  • Udo’s Choice Super 8 – contains eight strains of healthy bacteria that can support general health, help aid digestion and the build-up of beneficial bacteria after taking antibiotics.  Stored in the fridge, this probiotic is available from your local Adrian Dunne Pharmacy.
  • Optibac for those on Antibiotics is a supplement designed to help restore the natural intestinal flora after a course of antibiotics, giving the ‘good’ bacteria a chance to grow faster, preventing the ‘bad’ bacteria from taking hold again. Recommended for daily use over the course of 10 days alongside a typical course of antibiotics.
  • Zenflore contains the unique 1714-SerenitasTM culture and specially selected B vitamins to support your mind and body by helping to support a healthy mind and combat stress-related fatigue.
  • BioCult Pro-cyan – a scientifically developed multi-action formulation that works with the body to help maintain normal levels of bacteria in the gut designed to target the urinary tract.  Its triple action formula with cranberry extract, two specifically selected live bacteria strains and Vitamin A contribute to the normal function of the immune system and maintenance of healthy mucous membranes which can be found lining the gut, mouth and urinary tract.