Straight Answers for Consumers

Under what conditions should someone take Florajen or Florajen3?

Healthcare professionals most often recommend Florajen probiotics as an adjunct to an antibiotic regimen. Antibiotics kill off both good and bad bacteria, frequently resulting in unpleasant side effects.

What is a probiotic and how does it work?

Probiotics are food-based, yogurt cultures—the same beneficial micro-organisms that occur naturally in healthy people. Probiotics can renew the normal friendly flora that are destroyed by antibiotics and other influences. They help restore and maintain a healthy, natural balance of flora in the intestinal and vaginal tracts. Good flora assist in nutrient absorption and support the immune system by forming a defensive shield against harmful pathogens, allergens and other dangerous particles in our environment.

How do probiotics help maintain a healthy balance of gastrointestinal flora?

Pathogens produce toxins that can result in diarrhea. Probiotics simply interfere with the growth of pathogens, thereby curtailing the toxins. Florajen probiotics help correct any imbalance of intestinal flora, improving regularity and consistency of stools.

How do probiotics help maintain a healthy balance of vaginal flora?

Production of trace amounts of lactic acid by the probiotics causes a drop in pH within the vaginal tract. A lower pH is considered normal for a healthy vaginal tract. Competitive exclusion crowds out or inhibits growth of yeast and harmful bacteria that cause vaginitis. Florajen's beneficial cultures restore the delicate balance required for comfort and health in a woman's body.

What is the importance of higher cell counts?

The intestinal tract contains over 500 different species of bacteria. To impact the balance, higher potency is needed to re-establish the beneficial flora within this huge number of resident flora. Users should be assured there are no negative side effects or contraindications from taking too much culture.

What is the difference between Florajen and Florajen3?

Florajen contains only one active ingredient, Lactobacillus acidophilus, and has a total cell count of over 20 billion live cultures. It is especially helpful for maintaining a natural balance of vaginal flora. Florajen3 includes Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium lactis and Bifidobacterium longum with a total cell count over 15 billion live cultures. It is especially helpful for maintaining gastrointestinal health.

Is refrigeration absolutely necessary for Florajen and does it stay effective out of refrigeration?

Refrigeration is recommended whenever possible to maintain full potency of the capsules over time. However, because each one of Florajen’s capsules is generously loaded with over 20 billion cultures, they remain effective for weeks of time without refrigeration and can be easily used while traveling. Four months at room temperature will reduce the count by 25% or less.

Why do some probiotics have up to six or more strains of culture?

(Florajen only has one strain or, in the case of Florajen3, three.)

Exercise caution with products that have several different strains. Many of those strains are not probiotics. Ask the product manufacturer if the strains are bile-tolerant, as many are not. Be assured that all the Florajen strains are bile-tolerant.

How does Florajen survive stomach acid and maintain potency through the intestinal tract?

Florajen’s pharmaceutical grade gelatin capsules maintain their structure after swallowed, for 35 to 40 minutes. When taken on an ideally empty stomach, the capsule will enter the pH neutral small intestine in 30 to 40 minutes. It’s also very important for the capsule to open up releasing the culture and to begin its work at the beginning of the small intestine. Many enteric-coated capsules open up far too late within the intestinal tract, thereby reducing their effectiveness.

What happens to the product after the expiration date?

Under refrigeration, product is perfectly safe and effective for up to two years after the expiration date. Without refrigeration, the cell count is depleted 25% or less over three months.

Is it okay to take a probiotic while taking antibiotics?

Yes, take Florajen 1 to 2 hours before or after taking the antibiotic. Continue taking Florajen for 1 to 2 weeks after completion of your antibiotic regimen.

Can travelers benefit from probiotics?

Travelers, especially in developing countries, are sometimes exposed to unfamiliar bacteria and pathogens that can disrupt the body's natural balance and produce toxins. Probiotics can help maintain a healthy natural balance of flora in the body.