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What Is The Best Time To Take Probiotics?

June 05, 2018

What Is The Best Time To Take Probiotics?

So you've decided to start taking Probiotics, but you want to ensure you're taking them at the right time of day to maximise their benefits and help optimize your health. Well done for making it this far!

Despite Probiotic capsules commonly holding from 10 to 50 billion bacteria, your gut can hold anywhere between 10 to 100 trillion bacteria. This means that ensuring that your body is receiving and replenishing itself with enough good bacteria from your Probiotic capsules, also means ensuring that you take a Probiotic every single day to maximize its effects. 

It's important to note that there is a lot of false and misleading information on the internet providing unscientific answers to questions like "What is the best time to take Probiotics?", so we recommend always being cautious and checking sources when reading articles elsewhere.


The Probiotic Experiment

In December 2011 a study was conducted at Institut Rosell Inc. ( documented in this video) which included the creation of a fake digestion tract, complete with real saliva, digestive enzymes and acid bile. This would allow them to develop the first examination of Probiotic concentrations minute by minute throughout the entire process.

During this study, they looked at the survival of three different types of Probiotics, before, during and after meals, while testing them with a variety of common meal types.

This is what they found.

Before Or After Meals

The conclusion of the experiment was this:

"Bacterial survival was best when provided within 30 minutes before or simultaneously with a meal or beverage that contained some fat content"

So the answer is, the best time to take Probiotics is just before or with a meal, preferably of some (healthy) fat content.

We tend to consume good fats during breakfast, like dairy, eggs and avocados, but it may be more beneficial to take your Probiotic at night with other healthy high-fat meals. Here's why.

The Best Time of Day

Both Live Strong and The Living Proof Institute advise that a Probiotic is best taken at night due to the decreased digestive activity or gastrointestinal motility during this time.

This means your stomach is less acidic and therefore has a higher chance of the bacteria attaching to the intestinal wall and thriving, rather than just being flushed out. 

Conclusion: The Best Time To Take Probiotics Is...

..30 minutes prior to, or simultaneously with, dinner.

However, it's important to remember that it's more important ensuring you take your Probiotic every day rather than at a specific time. So if you're more likely to forget at night then you might be better off taking it with breakfast instead.


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