world of biotics
Behind the word « biotics » are all the solutions developed to take care of your microbiota by helping you maintain its state of balance and promote good health. There are 3 main categories of “biotics”: prebiotics, probiotics and postbiotics.
To better understand what differentiates them from each other, let’s imagine for a moment that your microbiota is a field that needs to be taken care of.
What are the different biotics solutions?
Prebiotics = the substrate
Probiotics = the seeds
Postbiotics = the harvest
How to choose “biotics”?
To successfully choose the right “biotics”, it is first essential to learn how to identify them. Let’s try to see a little more clearly in the long and complex names of bacteria.
Bacteria are designated by three elements: the genus, the species, the strain. For instance: Lactobacillus delbrueckii LB-d.
Each strain has its own characteristics and effects on health, so they cannot be substituted. It is therefore essential to choose the right bacteria strain for your needs.
Adhesion to the mucosa:
Quality & Safety
To ensure the quality and good safety profile of “biotics”, a good traceability is essential. The quality is standardized to ensure the safety of consumers. Therefore, choose “biotics” manufactured by recognized companies, with high quality standards, which are regularly controlled by the competent authorities.
Safety is even at the heart of the definition of postbiotics. Indeed, to be able to market a postbiotic preparation, the manufacturer must provide a guarantee of safety for the user under the recommended conditions of use. They must provide a detailed description of the composition of their product.
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