VitaBio Kids Complex is a child-specific probiotic supplement in tasteless powder form, suitable for babies and children of all ages. It comes in easy-to-administer 1g sachets.
It contains 7 strains of naturally-occurring beneficial bacteria (1 billion organisms per sachet), including the child-specific Bifidobacterium infantis strain, as well as the prebiotic fructooligosaccharides (FOS).
It is designed to support healthy levels of intestinal flora after a course of antibiotics or following a digestive upset.
It can also offer immunity support when babies, toddlers or young children return to playgroups or pre-school and germs and viruses can be prevalent.
Probiotics are friendly bacteria that help to maintain the natural balance of organisms (gut flora) in the intestines. They do this by competing for space and food with harmful organisms that would otherwise make people sick, particularly if allowed to flourish and grow in large numbers.
If you're consuming less than three portions of dairy per day, you may need a probiotic boost to help balance the bacteria in your gut.
Clinical trials have shown that a course of probiotics may also help shorten the length of infections such as diarrhoea and sickness, colds and flu; as well as reducing symptoms caused by food intolerances and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Probiotics are not to be confused with prebiotics, which are basically a source of food to help probiotics grow, multiply and survive in the gut.
They are fibres, which cannot be absorbed or broken down by the body and therefore serve as an excellent food source for probiotics (particularly the Bifidobacteria strain), to encourage an increase in their numbers.
While probiotics are living micro-organisms, prebiotics are non-living. When probiotics and prebiotics are mixed together, they form a synbiotic.
By nature, prebiotics do not stimulate the growth of bad bacteria or other pathogens. The official definition of “prebiotic” is: "non-digestible food ingredients that beneficially affect the host by selectively stimulating the growth and/or activity of one or a limited number of bacteria in the colon, which can improve host health.” We have therefore included the prebiotic Fructooligosaccharide (or FOS) in the formula. It has been a popular dietary supplement in Japan for many years and is now becoming increasingly popular in Western cultures for its prebiotic effects. FOS serves as a substrate for microflora in the large intestine, increasing overall gastrointestinal tract health. It is also used as a supplement for preventing yeast infections.
Maintaining healthy gut flora helps us to digest food, absorb proteins, produce B vitamins and support the immune system. It also helps to protect the gut wall and prevents more harmful organisms from establishing themselves.
Each person's mix of bacteria varies, but interactions between a person and the micro-organisms in their body, and among the micro-organisms themselves, can be crucial to their health and well-being.
The delicate balance of healthy gut flora can be disrupted by a wide range of factors, including illness and the use of antibiotics (which indiscriminately destroy both good and bad bacteria in the body). Children are particularly susceptible to such disruptions.
Ingredients: Live bacteria mix: Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Streptococcus thermophilus, Bifidobacterium breve, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium infantis, Lactobacillus bulgaricus (milk, soya); fructooligosaccharide.
ALLERGY ADVICE: for allergens, see ingredients in bold. Contains traces of soya and milk (these are used in the bacterium growth medium) at levels which should not affect lactose intolerance sufferers.
Contains no: artificial colours, flavourings, preservatives, gluten, sugar, wheat, yeast.
Suitable for vegetarians.