Probiotics FAQ

What happens if the beneficial bacteria in our intestines is insufficient in number?

An imbalance in the intestinal flora will occur that impedes proper digestion; deters the absorption of nutrients, and can lead to digestive problems. An imbalance in the flora can also foster the proliferation of pathogenic bacteria, increase the risk of infections, and may lead to inflammatory bowel diseases.

What are Bio-K+® capsules?

 All capsules Bio-K+ CL1285® are made from our unique and patented formula of L. acidophilus CL1285®, L. casei LBC80R® and L. rhamnosus CLR2® to deliver their beneficial effects in the intestine and provide the desired results.Bio-K+® capsules are available in two convenient formats: 30 billion live bacteria capsules and 50 billion live bacteria capsules. Bio-K+® capsules are easy to swallow, enteric-coated, and travel-friendly.

Why use milk, soy or rice based substrate?

Using these substrates to transport the bacteria in their natural state, without altering them, permits them to work immediately upon consumption. These are protective and nourishing environments which ensures optimal bacterial activity. The dairy medium also provides the body with the essential metabolites through its fermentation.

What makes Bio-K+® effective?

Bio-K+® provides effective results because of the immense number of live bacteria that when consumed still remain active through the digestive tract into your intestine.

Why does Bio-K+® contain only three different strains of bacteria?

Scientific articles show that if there are too many different bacteria in the digestive system, they can compete against one other, limiting the concentration of the most effective strains1. There is a natural synergy that occurs with L. acidophilus CL1285®, L. casei LBC80R® and L. rhamnosus CLR2® which is particularly effective against pathogenic micro-organisms. The result is a dual efficiency, with each Lactobacillus strain complementing the other.


1-Denou et al. Gut microbial interactions. A mesocosm of L. johnsoniss, B. longum and E. coli in the mouse gut. DNA and Cell Biology. 2009. 28(8):413-422 

What is a lactic culture with an L. acidophilus CL1285®, L. casei LBC80R® and L. rhamnosus CLR2® base?

Lactobacilli such as L. acidophilus CL1285®, L. casei LBC80R® and L. rhamnosus CLR2® are among the bacteria normally found in the intestinal flora of humans. They are present in vast numbers, accounting for more than 100 trillion bacteria from more than 1,000 different species. They ensure protection against infection and play a part in making sure that the digestive system works properly. They also help to maintain balance within the intestinal flora, necessary to good health.

What is Bio-K+®?

Bio-K+ CL1285® is a unique probiotic - the only product with the patented formula of L. acidophilus CL1285®, L. casei LBC80R® and L. rhamnosus CLR2®. This exclusive formula contains beneficial bacteria that can be consumed and remain active in great numbers in the intestine to promote and maintain a healthy, balanced digestive system. Probiotics must survive the effects of stomach acids and bile salts in great numbers to be effective. The quantity of friendly bacteria per dose is crucial for positive results. The optimal dosing of the live bacteria in the formula ensures that the maximum benefit will be conferred, and once taken, Bio-K+® is fast-acting. Bio-K+® is suitable for all ages: children (12 months and up), adult, and seniors.

Where can I find Bio-K+®?

Bio-K+® probiotics are available in health food stores, grocery stores, pharmacies, hospitals, and healthcare providers' offices across North America. You can also order Bio-K+® probiotics in convenient capsule form directly from us through our online store. There is also a store locator available on our website.

Can I take Bio-K+® while I am on prescription medications?

There are no known contraindications for Bio-K+® with other medications. They can be especially beneficial when one is taking antibiotics, during which time it is best to consume the Bio-K+® two hours afterwards. Otherwise, probiotics should not be taken by individuals undergoing long term corticosteroid treatment Always check with your healthcare provider first.

Can I take Bio-K+® products if I am on a gluten-free diet?

Definitely! All Bio-K+® probiotics are gluten-free.

Can I take Bio-K+® if I have an allergy to milk casein?

Yes. Casein is a protein in milk that a small segment of the population is allergic to, and should not be confused with L. casei, the special bacterial strain found in Bio-K+®. L. casei is one of the three active beneficial bacteria found in Bio-K+®. Dairy-free, mango flavored Bio-K+® from a soy base and our rice-based, dairy-free, vanilla flavor are both suitable for those who do have an allergy to casein.

Can I take Bio-K+® if I have lactose intolerance?

Yes. Those with lactose intolerance can enjoy the benefits of Bio-K+® in our dairy-free, mango flavor, manufactured from a soy base, as well as our new, rice-based, dairy-free, vanilla flavor. Both are equally effective at regulating intestinal functions.

Can I take probiotics during pregnancy?

Yes. Bio-K+® is suitable for women during pregnancy.

Can I give Bio-K+® products to my children?

Yes. Bio-K+® is suitable for children aged 12 months and older. Children enjoy the extra-smooth texture of the strawberry-flavored Bio-K+ CL1285® formula. And they get all of the great daily benefits found in the Original formula, as well as all the other flavors!

What is the recommended amount to take?

All Bio-K+® products can be taken daily for a prolonged period to regulate intestinal functions. It is suggested to take ½ - 1 bottle per day as part of a maintenance regime.

What do Bio-K+® products taste like?

Bio-K+® bottled products have a fresh, natural taste and there is a range of flavors to choose from. Bio-K+ CL1285® Original formula has no added sugar or flavoring, simply pure freshness. Bio-K+® Fruity has a zesty pineapple and vanilla flavor, while Bio-K+® Strawberry has a pleasant strawberry flavor and a silky smooth texture that kids like. Bio-K+® Dairy-free, from a soya-base, has a savory mango taste while rice-based, Bio-K+® comes in blueberry and pomagranate. The unique and patented formula of L. acidophilus CL1285®, L. casei LBC80R® and L. rhamnosus CLR2® is present in all of Bio-K+® fresh products.

Can I take Bio-K+® daily?

All Bio-K+® products can be taken daily for prolonged periods. For convenience many prefer to take it in the morning, however Bio-K+® is equally effective taken at any time of day. For those taking antibiotics, it is suggested by physicians and healthcare professionals that Bio-K+® be taken two hours afterwards.

When was the Bio-K+® brand launched?

Bio-K Plus International Inc. and the Bio-K Plus Pharma division were created in 1994 as a result of the entrepreneurial spirit and innovation of two men, Dr. François-Marie Luquet and Mr. Claude Chevalier. Since its inception has been devoted to the health and quality of life of its clients. Bio-K+® was launched in 1996 and is available in health food stores, pharmacies, clinics and hospitals across North America.

Are Bio-K+® products used in hospitals?

Yes, several hospitals and medical clinics across North America use and recommend Bio-K+® products.

How long will Bio-K+® keep in the refrigerator and retain its beneficial, nutritive and preventive properties?

Each Bio-K+® product is identified with its own expiration date, determined by the date of manufacture. A minimum 50 billion L. acidophilus CL1285®, L. casei LBC80R® and L. rhamnosus CLR2® bacteria per 98g portion are guaranteed to be present through to that date. For our capsules, a minimum 30 billion or 50 billion bacteria per Regular capsule or Extra Strength capsule respectively are guaranteed at consumption date. Our fresh products are delivered to vendors immediately and regularly to keep fresh in your refrigerator for the maximum term.