Probiotic Risks

“Probiotics sold over the counter aren’t necessary. They may not help you, and might even harm you.says Dr. Jennifer Wargo, an associate professor of surgical oncology at MD Anderson.

Limits of Probiotics: Research has suggested that even when specific “live bacteria” in the form of probiotics is ingested by healthy people, it does not have longevity in the intestines. Rather; the bacteria become transient, with the majority being passed in faeces within one week.

Restoring gut health is a highly personalised exercise, you might not need the type of “live bacteria” that are likely costing you a fortune.

Live probiotic cells as found in probiotic supplements can positively or negatively influence a person’s gut bacteria. Whereas the components of dead probiotic cells as found in LACTIS, (an Abiotic) exert an anti-inflammatory response in the gastrointestinal tract.

questioning microbiomes

Gene issues in live probiotic bacterial supplements: 
New research in the journal Cell Host and Microbe, suggests that under certain conditions, probiotics can be harmful due to their ability to evolve once in the gut. A probiotic that is beneficial to one person might adapt and become harmful in another.

“If we are going to use living things as medicines, we need to recognise that they are going to adapt, and that means that what you put in your body is not necessarily what’s going to be there even a couple of hours later.”
Prof Gautam Dantas. 
Professor of pathology and immunology, molecular microbiology, and biomedical engineering Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO.

A recent study Published in the journal Cell asked the question – Is there much benefit in the average person taking over-the-counter probiotics?

Research conducted by Prof. Eran Elinav Weizmann Institute of Science and colleagues says no — and suggests that in some cases, it could even cause harm. Their research looked at how well over-the-counter probiotics populated a healthy gut, and how well they helped a person’s gut recover after antibiotics.

They said: It is now becoming evident that scientific evidence really only points to probiotics being effective for a few specific conditions. With reference to Prof. Eran Elinav’s published research data, the Journal Cell published research, Adelaide gastroenterologist Daniel Worthley commented:

“What was interesting was that probiotic use seems to delay one’s normal flora returning.”

“The best way of supporting a healthy gut microbiome,” Dr Worthley stressed, was with a good diet. “Fundamentally what is indisputable is having a balanced diet rich in vegetables, which helps to foster a healthy microbiome. It’s the cornerstone on which a healthy gut is built.”

A diet that includes all the food groups in small amounts is a balanced diet. The Mediteranean Diet attends to all food groups. Your own gut bacteria need a predigested food source to survive and thrive.
This is why fad diets or self prescribed diets often do damage. This is especially so if you have a diagnosed health condition.

Note – Prof. Eran Elinav’s research was based on people with a healthy gut. A patient’s gut bacteria is likely more disturbed by cancer treatments, surgical procedures, pharmaceuticals etc.

One month supply – 30 x 10ml
For gut and immune health 


Tear sachet to open. Drink one per day, as is, or dilute with up to one cup of water. 
Consume immediately after opening the sachet.

  • Easy to take and traveller friendly.
  • Recommended mixing with water but can also be mixed with juice or warm tea.