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Alflorex® FAQs

Alflorex®

We’ve collected the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about Alflorex®. If you have further questions or queries please don’t hesitate to contact us.

What is PrecisionBiotics®?

What are PrecisionBiotic® cultures?

PrecisionBiotic® cultures are unique bacterial cultures that have been specifically researched and rigorously tested by PrecisionBiotics®.

All of our products contain bacteria that occur naturally in the human gut and are at home there.

We spend many years observing and testing them in real people to ensure they have the precise qualities needed and that they meet our rigorous safety standards.

To ensure they reach your gut in peak condition we have created special formulations and we have confirmed their activity in the gut using the highest standards of scientific testing and human clinical trials. These stable formulations also ensure that none of our products need refrigeration.

Is it worth taking several bacterial strains together?

We’re often asked why our products contain only 1 or 2 types of bacteria, instead of a mix of 5 or even 10 types.

As scientists, we know that mixing multiple bacterial cultures can mean their individual qualities are affected. Different cultures behave in different ways and may even have competing effects. And cultures of animal origin are not native to the human gut so we do not add them.

It is the specific culture of bacteria and how that culture interacts with your unique gut bacteria that determines whether you will notice a difference.

So our focus is on investing to find the best bacterial culture for each specific gut action. We then put each through a rigorous series of tests, culminating in clinical trials in the UK and Europe. We produce a pure formulation, with no added bulk yoghurt or animal cultures, to provide a PrecisionBiotic® product that we can guarantee and that clinicians can recommend.

We also guarantee that the number of bacteria is the optimal amount for each PrecisionBiotic® and the human gut. 

How do bacterial cultures in food supplements compare with yoghurts?
Most yoghurts contain bacterial cultures. If bacterial cultures have been added during the manufacturing process, they may not be cultures that have been tested in clinical trials or that are native to the human gut.

Featured Questions?

Why is Alflorex® different?

Alflorex® is the only product in Ireland that contains the unique 35624® bacterial culture.

This culture has been clinically tested by leading Scientists and Gastroenterologists. The results have been published in a wide range of scientific journals.

The 35624® culture in Alflorex® is a bacterial culture that occurs naturally in the human gut. It’s part the Bifidobacterium family, one of the first kinds of bacteria passed by mothers to their babies at birth.

Will Alflorex® reach my bowel in peak condition?

Yes. The 35624® culture in Alflorex® has been shown in 2 clinical trials and in scientific publications to remain active right through the digestive system and to reach the bowel with its properties intact.

Its now the #1 recommended bacterial culture by Gastroenterologists in the US.

Is the bacterial culture in Alflorex® natural?

Yes. Alflorex® contains the natural Bifidobacterium 35624® culture, a bacterial culture that occurs naturally in the human gut. It’s part of the Bifidobacterium family of bacteria that are given by mother to baby at birth.

To ensure this natural culture reaches your gut with its properties intact, we have created a special formulation and confirmed it’s activity in the gut using the highest standards of scientific testing and human clinical trials.

This stable formulation also means that Alflorex® does not need refrigeration.

How many bacteria does each capsule of Alflorex® contain?

A single Alflorex® capsule contains around 1 billion live bacteria, or 1×109 colony forming units (CFUs), at the time of manufacture.

The quantity of bacteria provided in each capsule has been chosen for optimal balance in the gut. 

The dose in the capsule remains effective throughout its shelf life.

Taking Alflorex®

How quickly does Alflorex® work?

Alflorex® acts immediately and begins to prime your gut where it is needed.

This activity takes approximately 4 weeks and during this time it is important to take Alflorex® every day and finish the full course.

Some people may experience mild and temporary changes in their gut during this first 4 weeks as Alflorex® begins to gently prime the gut. If you have any questions at all about how Alflorex® is working for you, please contact us.

*In rare cases it may take Alflorex® longer than 4 weeks to prime the gut, possibly up to 8 weeks. If you’d like to talk about this and taking Alflorex®, please contact us.

What should I expect when taking Alflorex®?

The 35624® culture is part the Bifidobacterium family, one of the first kinds of bacteria passed by mothers to their babies at birth. Hence it is at home in the human gut.

Some people may experience mild and temporary changes in their gut during the first 4 weeks as Alflorex® begins to gently prime the gut. If you have any questions at all about how Alflorex® is working for you, please contact us.

Can Alflorex® be taken with anti-spasmodics, anti-diarrheals, laxatives & products containing peppermint oil?
There are no known interactions with any medications or food supplements.
What is the best time of day to take Alflorex®?
Whenever you like. It can be taken with or without food.
How long should I take Alflorex® for and what happens if I stop?

Alflorex® stays in your gut for as long as you continue to take it. 

It performs its action in the gut and then will naturally be swept out by regular bowel movements.

By taking a single capsule of Alflorex® every day you can ensure your gut remains primed.

Alflorex® can cost less than £1 (approx €1) per day to enable you to regain control of your gut health.

Taking Alflorex® may also mean you can also avoid the costs of other products you had to purchase before.

Look out for our special offers on our website and from our pharmacy partners.

Can I take Alflorex with alcohol?

Bifidobacterium Longum 35624®, the active culture in Alflorex®, can be inactivated by alcohol.

We recommend not drinking alcohol for a few hours after taking Alflorex®.

How much does Alflorex® cost?

Alflorex® can cost less than £1 (approx €1) per day to enable you to regain control of your gut health.

Taking Alflorex® may also mean you can also avoid the costs of other products you may have had to purchase before.

Look out for our special offers on our website and from our pharmacy partners.

Is Alflorex® allergy free? Gluten-free? Dairy-free? Lactose free? Soya free?
Yes. There are no known allergens in Alflorex®. All raw materials used for Alflorex® do not contain any allergen listed in the Directive 2007/68/EC and its amendments. The facilities we use to manufacture also ensure that during the production process, raw materials are not exposed to allergens cross contamination.
Is Alflorex® suitable for those who follow vegetarian, halal or kosher diets?
Yes.
Does Alflorex® need to be refrigerated?

No. It just needs to be stored at under 250C.

The special packaging for Alflorex® capsules means that they can travel with you and still keep their qualities.

Why should I avoid taking Alflorex® with fruit juices?

Fruit juices are generally acidic and acid can damage the 35624® culture, making it less effective. So we recommend taking Alflorex® with water or milk or less acidic drinks like soya, almond or rice milks.

However, Alflorex® can be taken as part of a meal that has fruit juice, as the food will help protect the Alflorex® culture. 

How small is an Alflorex® capsule?

An Alflorex® capsule is a size 3 capsule, one of the smallest sizes available.

Where can I buy Alflorex®?

Alflorex® is available in our online store, from all good pharmacies and health-food stores, usually on the Digestive Care shelf.

If Alflorex® is not available on the shelf, it can still be ordered from the pharmacy. Just ask the pharmacist to order Alflorex® for you, for pickup in store.

Alflorex® Safety

Are there side effects with Alflorex®?

The 35624® culture in Alflorex® was studied by doctors and scientists in well controlled clinical trials, which found that the overall safety profile was similar to placebo.

The 35624® bacteria is part of the Bifidobacterium family of bacteria, one of the first types of bacteria from mothers to their babies at birth.

There are no known side effects with Alflorex®.

Can I take Alflorex® with antibiotics?
As happens with most bacterial cultures, a dose of antibiotics could inactivate the bacterial culture in Alflorex®. If you have to take a course of antibiotics, we advise that you take the dose of the antibiotic at a different time to your daily dose of Alflorex®.
Is Alflorex® safe to take with medicine?

No side effects in conjunction with the use of Alflorex® have been observed to date.

There are no known interactions with any medications.

Can Alflorex® be taken during pregnancy and breastfeeding?
There is no evidence available that Alflorex® capsules should not be used during pregnancy and breast-feeding.
Is Alflorex® suitable for people with diabetes?
Yes. Each capsule contains only a residual amount of sugar and will not impact on blood glucose levels.

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