FAQ

Bio-K+


1. When should I take Bio-K+® fresh products and capsules?

You can take Bio-K+® products at any time of day, either with or without food.

If  you are taking a course of antibiotics, you should take Bio-K+® at least 2 to 3 hours prior to or after your antibiotics dose, throughout the treatment period and up to five days after it ends (based on the methodology used during our clinical studies. As antibiotics kill both good and bad bacteria, you should make sure to space out your antibiotic and Bio-K+® doses.


2. How often should we take probiotics?

 Several lifestyle factors may interfere with and weaken your intestinal flora, which plays a key role in your general health. For example, taking antacids, stress, various infections, and a poor diet with an excess of sugar, bad fats and low fibre diets may all have a negative impact on intestinal flora. Indeed, these factors may cause a subtle imbalance that gradually favours the growth of “bad bacteria” over that of “good bacteria”.

Our intestinal flora has major repercussions on our overall health. An increasing amount of research on probiotics has revealed their noteworthy effects on inflammatory illnesses (including allergies), digestive illnesses (irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, etc.), side effects linked to antibiotics, various infections (such as Clostridium difficile or H. pylori), diarrhea, infectious diarrhea (such as traveler’s diarrhea), constipation, skin conditions (eczema, dermatitis, etc.), obesity, metabolic illnesses, cancer and others.

It is therefore important to do everything possible to maintain a rich, diversified and well-balanced intestinal flora. Regularly taking a quality probiotic product can help in this regard. Moreover, good bacteria secrete enzymes that can help digestion.


*(References: Rijkers GT, Bengmark S, Enck P, et al. Guidance for substantiating the evidence for beneficial effects of probiotics: current status and recommendations for future research. J Nutr. 2010;140:671S-676S.)


3. What is the recommended adult dosage for Bio-K+® products?

To maintain a healthy intestinal flora:

We recommend taking ¼ bottle of fresh Bio-K+ ® product or 1 Bio-K+® 12.5 Billion capsule.

To improve intestinal flora health:

We recommend taking ½ bottle of fresh Bio-K+ ® product or 1 Bio-K+® 25 Billion capsule.
To optimize intestinal flora health:

We recommend taking 1 bottle of fresh Bio-K+ ® product or 1 Bio-K+® 50 Billion capsule.

During antibiotic therapy:

We recommend taking 1 to 2 bottles of fresh Bio-K+® product or 1 to 2 capsules of Bio-K+® 50 Billion capsules during the antibiotic course, as well as 5 days after treatment. Always take Bio-K+® probiotics at least 2 to 3 hours prior to or after taking a dose of antibiotics.

 

During hospitalization and to help prevent infections due to Clostridium difficile:

We recommend taking 2 Bio-K+® 50 Billion capsules during the antibiotic course, as well as 5 days after treatment. Always take Bio-K+® probiotics at least 2 to 3 hours prior to or after taking a dose of antibiotics.


Keep in mind that it is impossible to consume too many probiotics, as any surplus will be eliminated through the intestinal tract. Moreover, each person’s intestinal flora is unique. While we provide you with general guidelines, you should always listen to your body to know if the suggested quantities are sufficient or if you should take Bio-K+® products more progressively. You may notice irregular gastrointestinal activity upon first taking Bio-K+® products, but any discomfort is only a temporary reaction. Those with more fragile or sensitive bowels should consume these products progressively, so that their body can get used to them, by taking lower doses over the first several days before settling on the recommended dosage.

4. What criteria are used to determine a probiotic’s effectiveness?

Since dietary supplements are not required to obtain FDA approval, many products currently available have not been proven to effectively improve human health. Simply consuming good bacteria is not enough to have a real impact; the product needs to be backed by thorough research. Here are a few criteria to consider when choosing a probiotic product: 

  • Bacteria quality: the probiotic bacteria must be well studied and be able to inhibit and/or kill bad bacteria (antimicrobial activity). 
  • Synergy between probiotic bacteria: as bacteria are living things that fight among each other for both space and resources, the various bacteria contained in a given product must work together and not impede one another. Otherwise, their effectiveness is compromised.  
  • Guaranteed bioactivity: consumers must make sure that the amount of bacteria shown on the packaging is guaranteed until the product’s expiry date, and not just at the product’s manufacturing date. As probiotic bacteria are living things, their numbers will decrease over time. 
  • Probiotic bacteria must survive their passage through the stomach: as bacteria are particularly vulnerable to acidity and bile salts as they pass through the digestive tract, it is important that the product provide a protective environment. Since bacteria are made vulnerable by freeze-drying (process converting them to powder form) in capsule products, these capsules must feature targeted delivery technology – with enteric-coating – to protect the bacteria and ensure they are only deployed after reaching the intestinal tract. For more information on the importance of targeted delivery technology – with enteric-coating – please consult the Scientific Studies section of our website. 

  • Clinical studies on the finished product, have been published: this is the most important criterion. Only through clinical studies can a probiotic product’s effectiveness be adequately proven. Ask your health professional or natural food advisor for more in-depth information on the clinical studies conducted on your chosen product and published in scientific journals. For more information on the clinical studies conducted on Bio-K+® products, please consult the Scientific Studies section of our website.  
Bio-K+® products meet all of these criteria, which confirm their unique effectiveness.

5. When I begin using Bio-K+® products, is it normal to notice a change in my gastrointestinal activity?

Upon starting the consumption of Bio-K+, is it normal to notice a change in my gastrointestinal activity?

 

It is normal to notice changes in the intestinal activity when starting the intake of a probiotic. This is a temporary situation, it takes time for your system to adapt to probiotics since they are living bacteria.


Listen to your body, some people are more sensitive than others. If this is the case, start the consumption of Bio-K+ more gradually. We suggest that you consume ¼ bottle or a 12.5M capsule for a few days and then increase to ½ bottle or 25M capsule then 1 bottle per day or 50M capsule depending on your health profile.


The good news is that probiotics strengthen the population of good bacteria in the intestine and promote the proper balance of the intestinal flora. Through this process of modulation, a daily consumption of probiotics provide continuous relief of intestinal discomfort such as abdominal pain, gas and bloating.

 


6. Can I open Bio-K+® capsules?

We recommend that you do not open Bio-K+® capsules and break the protective coating. As bacteria are particularly vulnerable to acidity and bile salts as they pass through the digestive tract, it is important that the product provide a protective environment. In the case of encapsulated products, bacteria are made vulnerable by freeze-drying (process converting them to powder form), during which the bacterial cellular wall is weakened, thereby impeding their ability to resist acidity and bile salts. All Bio-K+® capsules feature targeted release technology – with enteric-coating coating – to protect the probiotic bacteria and ensure they are only deployed after reaching the intestinal tract. Opening the capsule eliminates this protection and any guarantee that bacteria will make it to the intestinal tract. However, doing so is not dangerous and some people still do it. In such a case, the best way to proceed is to mix the Bio-K+® capsule’s contents in milk or yogurt to facilitate passage through the stomach (increases the stomach’s pH, thereby decreasing the acid output). We recommend that people who cannot swallow capsules try Bio-K+® fresh drinkable products instead.

For more information on the importance of targeted delivery technology – with enteric-coating – please consult the Scientific Studies section of our website.

7. Is it normal that the texture of Bio-K+® fresh drinkable products changes over time?

Yes, it is normal that the texture of Bio-K+® fresh drinkable products changes over time. Bio-K+® fresh drinkable products are not only fermented foods, but also continue fermenting right in the bottle you buy. This process enables both bacteria and metabolites (such as lactic acid) to multiply. Since the fermentation process evolves over time, the product is in a state of flux. Therefore, the texture may vary from one batch to the next, or even one bottle to the next in the same batch. In most cases, when the product is adequately shaken, as advised on the bottle and inner seal (“SHAKE WELL”), its texture becomes creamier. Bear in mind that your product will contain the same unique, patented formula of at least 50 billion bacteria until its best before date.

You can also mix the product with food, but should avoid doing so with any warm or hot food, as heat is a known enemy of probiotic bacteria.

8. Can I consume Bio-K+® fresh drinkable products after their best before date (expiration date)?

You may do so at your discretion. We guarantee a minimum of 50 billion bacteria until the best before (expiration) date. After said date, the bacteria count decreases gradually, thereby reducing the product’s effectiveness. Moreover, its taste and texture will change, as the former becomes more acidic (due to lactic acid) and the latter grainier. At this point, it’s up to you to decide if you would like to use a product whose “best before” date has passed.

As you probably know, Bio-K+® standards are very strict, and various tests are conducted before any product is marketed to ensure its quality. However, it is important to keep Bio-K+® products refrigerated so that the probiotic bacteria remain stable.

9. Can I consume Bio-K+® capsules after their best before date (expiration date)?

You may do so at your discretion. We guarantee the minimum concentration indicated on the product’s packaging until the best before date. After said date, the bacteria count decreases gradually, thereby also reducing the product’s effectiveness.

10. Is it normal that Bio-K+® Fermented Soy has a thicker texture than Bio-K+® Fermented Milk (Original, Strawberry or Vanilla) and Bio-K+® Fermented Organic Brown Rice?

Yes, it is normal that Bio-K+® Fermented Soy is thicker than Bio-K+® Fermented Milk (Original, Strawberry or Vanilla) and Bio-K+® Fermented Organic Brown Rice, as it features a different type of protein and soy produces a thicker and creamier texture.

11. Is it normal that Bio-K+® Fermented Organic Brown Rice has a liquid texture and appears darker than the milk- and soy-based products?

Yes. Bio-K+® Fermented Organic Brown Rice does indeed have a more watery texture (like rice water) than other Bio-K+® fresh drinkable products. Rice protein produces a much thinner texture than dairy or soy protein. Moreover, we use organic brown rice protein, which explains the product’s dark beige colour.

12. 13. Is it normal that Bio-K+® fresh drinkable products have a particularly tart taste that become more pronounced overtime?

Yes, as the product ferments right in the Bio-K+® bottle, which produces lactic acid, which adds a slight acidity to its taste. This change in flavour doesn’t mean the product is deteriorating, as acidity is an integral part of our fresh products’ specifications. This can lead to fluctuations in the products’ texture and taste from one batch to the next, or even from one bottle to the next. Taste may vary based on the product’s fermentation, which continues daily inside each bottle. The product’s texture and taste are not indicative of the quantity or quality of Bio-K+® bacteria. Our products are manufactured first and foremost with their effectiveness and benefits to human health in mind, rather than their taste. When taking Bio-K+® fresh products, consumers are taking a 100% probiotic drink.

13. Can I store Bio-K+® capsules at room temperature?

The storage temperature of all probiotic products, without exception, is a factor that affects their bacterial count over time. Bio-K+® capsules’ bacterial count is guaranteed until their expiry date if the products are refrigerated and up to 90 days if stored at room temperature. In order to minimize temperature variances, we ensure all our products are refrigerated when stored in our own facilities.


We strongly recommend that you refrigerate these capsules at home in order to maximize their longevity.

14. Can I store Bio-K+® fresh drinkable products at room temperature?

We advise against leaving fresh products at room temperature, as this could have a negative impact on the stability of both the bacterial count and texture. We strongly suggest that you refrigerate Bio-K+® fresh products to preserve their quality. However, a couple of hours outside of the fridge (e.g., Taking it home from the store or to work is usually fine).

15. What is the suggested dosage of Bio-K+® Travel Protection products during a given trip?

Preparation: 1 capsule per day, 3 to 5 days before departure;

Protection: 1 to 2 capsules per day throughout your trip;
Follow-up: 1 capsule per day, 3 to 5 days after returning.

These capsules are suitable for all people, kids can take it when they can swallow the product. You can take these capsules at any time of day. If you’re on a course of antibiotics, physicians and health professionals recommend taking Bio-K+® at least 2 to 3 hours before or after each dose of antibiotics.

16. Can I freeze the capsules?

Yes, Bio-K+® capsules may be safely stored in your freezer.

17. How long can I keep Bio-K+® fresh products in the refrigerator once opened?

You can keep Bio-K+® fermented products for about 5 to 7 days after opening them if stored under optimal conditions (properly closed in a refrigerator).

18. Can I take Bio-K+® fresh products with me while travelling?

Yes, it is possible to bring Bio-K+® fermented products with you while travelling by storing them on ice packs to keep them cool. We recommend that you refrigerate them as soon as you reach your destination.

19. Can I freeze Bio-K+® fresh products?

No, we strongly advise against freezing Bio-K+® fresh products. While taking frozen Bio-K+® fresh products is not dangerous, the freezing process will significantly affect their bacterial viability, texture and taste. In order to ensure optimal bioactivity, please store fermented products in the refrigerator. This way, you will be sure to consume fresh, high-quality probiotics.

20. Are Bio-K+® products vegetarian?

All Bio-K+® fresh products are vegetarian.

21. Are Bio-K+® products vegan?

Bio-K+® fermented Soy and Rice products are vegan.
Bio-K+® fermented Original and Strawberry are not vegan since they are derived from a fermentation of milk.
Bio-K+® Capsules are not vegan have since they contain milk powder.

22. Can I take Bio-K+® products if I suffer from a lactose intolerance or allergy?

Yes, Bio-K+® offers a selection of fresh products that can be adapted to each individual’s digestive health needs. We have a perfect alternative to dairy products that boasts the same effectiveness as all Bio-K+® products: Bio-K+® Fermented Soy and Bio-K+® Fermented Organic Brown Rice are 100% dairy free. These products are sold in 98 g bottles, available in two convenient packs to fit every lifestyle: a 6-bottle pack and a 12-bottle pack.



These products are safe for lactose-intolerant individuals, as well as those allergic to milk protein.


Bio-K+® products in capsule form may contain traces of dairy products, as the probiotic bacteria are grown in a milk-based environment. As a result, they may not be suitable for people allergic to dairy products.



Did you know that scientific studies have shown that certain specific probiotic strains, such as those contained in Bio-K+® products, help digestion by boosting enzyme and vitamin production, and thereby reduce the symptoms associated with lactose intolerance and food allergies?



Lactic bacteria in Bio-K+® products (Lactobacillus acidophilus CL1285®, Lactobacillus casei LBC80R® and Lactobacillus rhamnosus CLR2®) produce lactase, an enzyme that helps digest lactose. As a result, depending on individual lactose intolerance levels, many lactose intolerant people can take Bio-K+® Fermented Milk products. Moreover, since Bio-K+® bacteria produce lactase, many people could begin incorporating small quantities of dairy products in their diet while taking any Bio-K+® products daily, since their component bacteria will help break down lactose.These results may vary from one person to another.

23. Are Bio-K+® products GMO free

As you probably know, Bio-K+® standards are extremely high. A variety of tests are performed before releasing a product in the market to ensure its quality. We do have in place a qualification process for our suppliers and we do analyze each portion of ingredients, in order to ensure the compliance with our specifications about non GMO products. 

On the fermented Soy packaging, you will see that it is mentioned that it does not contain GMO's. 
Our products are also tested to contain no hormones, no antibiotics, no pesticides and no heavy metals residues.
We are currently in process to acquire the certification of GMO free.

Bio-kidz


1. Why should children take probiotics? How are probiotics useful to them?

Take care of your children by giving them Bio-Kidz® every day. Did you know that 80% of our immune system comes from the intestines?

 

Children’s intestinal tract naturally contains several hundred species of bacteria that contribute to their health. Indeed, these bacteria help ensure proper digestion and reinforce their natural defences.

 

Unfortunately, several factors may impede these good bacteria’s beneficial effects, including dietary changes, weakened natural defences, contact with sick kids, physical or emotional stress, as well as antibiotics.

 

Probiotics may prove useful in improving intestinal flora health and prevent imbalances.

2. When and how often should my child take Bio-Kidz® probiotics?

Take care of your children by giving them Bio-Kidz® every day. Did you know that 80% of our immune system comes from the intestines?

 

Bio-Kidz® is an excellent choice to improve your child’s intestinal flora health! Bio-Kidz® can be taken at any time of day, with or without food.


3. What amount of probiotics should a child consume?

Since the intestinal flora can have significant repercussions on overall health, it is important to do everything possible to keep it rich, diversified and well balanced.

 

A daily dose of 12.5 billion bacteria helps maintain a healthy amount of good bacteria throughout the intestinal tract, thereby fostering a well-balanced intestinal flora and bolstering natural defences. Our unique Bio-Kidz® formula is a delicious drinkable probiotic that contains 12.5 billion good bacteria in a convenient format.

 

The good bacteria count in our drinkable probiotic for children is among the highest available and its effectiveness is guaranteed until its expiry date. Bear in mind that it is impossible to consume too many probiotics, as any surplus will be eliminated through the intestinal tract.

4. What are the differences between Bio-Kidz® and other Bio-K+® probiotics?

Bio-Kidz® is kid tested and mother approved. It`s made to be easier to drink. Comes in a convenient single-portion bottle and tastes a little sweeter than other Bio-K+® varieties thanks to the addition of stevia extract. It offers potency more in line with the needs of little ones and has extra Calcium and vitamin D3 thanks to the fortified skim milk we use.

5. What are the differences between a drinkable probiotic yogurt beverage, a probiotic-enriched yogurt and Bio-Kidz® probiotics?

 Bio-Kidz® is a unique, proven probiotic product whose effectiveness is guaranteed until its expiry date. It is the only product that contains a patented formula of good bacteria from 100% probiotic strains L. acidophilus CL1285®, L. casei LBC80R® and L. rhamnosus CLR2®. All probiotics are not created equal! Their effectiveness not only varies based on their component bacteria strains, but also their manufacturing process and quality control. As the same bacteria strain may have very different effects from one probiotic product to another, it is vital to check that the probiotics you choose have proven their effectiveness through published clinical studies.

6. The Bio-Kidz® ingredients list includes GDL. What is this, exactly?

GDL, or glucono-delta-lactone, is a vegetable-based fermented glucose that comes from syrup derived from maize. It is added to many foods to give them a pleasant texture.