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​The Probiotic debate ….

It has been fascinating to watch and listen to the rapid change in agenda for the probiotic industry following the independent University College London -Pharmacy (UCL-P) abstract release on bacterial survivability at low pH.

Following this release from UCL-P, the main reporting in the media has been commenting on the short-term pH shock effect, however here was a huge amount of data generated by the UCL-P team and not all of it is in the published paper. Dr Simon Gaisford presented these results at Congress and then also to an audience of Medical Professionals in September, and the video is an interesting watch and can be viewed here

The paper, a comparison of many of the probiotics that are on the market, is now published in Beneficial Microbes and available to all online , details of the paper can be viewed here -

We do advise watching the video as the UCL-P study is so far, the only one that has been done with the best replication of the human stomach and it’s workings to date, it provides some fascinating insights into the challenges bacteria face, the pH of the stomach being just one of the hurdles that bacteria have to contend with; for bacteria to be able to do the job they have to be able to arrive, survive and thrive in this environment.

Remember also to buy your bacterial supplements with care, check the science not just the marketing.

Barry Smith – Chairman

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