Plenty of attention has been paid to probiotics in recent years, with many studies attesting to their benefits. Indeed, a cursory Google search unveils a veritable treasure trove of information.
But what are probiotics, anyway? In a nutshell, probiotics are live microorganisms that exist naturally in the gut. The average adult carries many trillions of bacteria – more, in fact, than the number of cells in the body.
These live microorganisms play a critical role in how the immune system responds to everything that enters the GI tract, including food and other microorganisms. According to the NHS, “probiotics are also thought to directly kill or inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria, preventing them from producing toxic substances that can make you ill.” This partly explains the rise in probiotics supplements: live yoghurt, yoghurt drinks and other dairy products, as well as specially formulated capsules and powders.
Of course, not all probiotics supplements are equal. Various strains of bacteria are employed, and some are unable to survive long enough to reach the gut and have the desired effect. Without naming names, many cheap probiotics contain bacteria incompatible with the human digestive system.
Ingredients per Probiotic Sachet
1 Trillion Colony Forming Units (CFU) Beneficial Bacteria Capability.
Human Probiotic Isolates™ (HPI) of Lactic Acid Bacteria (LAB) and Bifidobacteria (including Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Lactobacillus Bifidus and Streptococcus Thermophilus), Inactivated Yeast Extract, Cellulose.
1 Sachet dispersed in water or freshly pressed juice per day. Mix well. Use entire contents of sachet immediately after opening. Store at room temperature.
Directions for Further Use
1 Sachet dispersed in water or freshly pressed juice per week. Or as required.
A minimum of 200ml or more of freshly-made Progurt per day, first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Or half an hour away from food.
Q: Who are Progurt probiotic sachets recommended for?
A: Progurt probiotics are recommended for those who wish to use a powerful and effective probiotic to aid digestive health and rebalance gut flora.
Q: Are Progurt probiotics safe for vegans?
A: Yes, the sachets are vegan-safe and contain no dairy.
Q: Can children use Progurt probiotics?
A: Yes, Progurt probiotics are suitable for use by children aged 12 months and over. For those under 12 months, we recommend for the mother to consume Progurt and pass the benefits to the child via natural breastfeeding.
Q: Can I take Progurt probiotics if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?
A: Yes, Progurt can be consumed before and during pregnancy, and also while breastfeeding.
Q: How do I take Progurt probiotics?
A: For adults and children aged 12 months and over: 1 sachet dispersed in water or freshly-pressed juice. Mix well. Use entire contents of the sachet immediately after opening. Store at room temperature.
Q: How many Progurt probiotic sachets should I take?
A: Consume 1 full Progurt sachet per serve.
Q: How often should I take Progurt probiotics?
A: For adults and children from 12 months: 1 probiotic sachet dispersed in water or freshly-pressed juice per day, week or as required.
Q: Do I have to use an entire sachet per serve?
A: Yes, use the entire contents of one Progurt sachet per serve. Remember to use contents immediately after opening the sachet.
Q: When should I take Progurt probiotics?
A: Consume each sachet at least half an hour away from food and any medications, or in the morning on an empty stomach.
Q: Which strains are in Progurt probiotics?
A: Progurt’s probiotic strains are Human Probiotic Isolates (HPI) of Lactic Acid Bacteria (LAB) and Bifidobacteria including beneficial strains of Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Lactobacillus Bifidus and S. Thermophilus.
Q: How were the strains in Progurt probiotics sourced?
A: The divine gift of nature resides within us all. A baby born and nurtured naturally is protected by this gift of life. A small selection of these living microorganisms were discovered and isolated. This is the essence and nature of each sachet.
Q: What are Human Probiotic Isolates?
A: HPI are probiotic strains identical to those found in a healthy human gut from birth. This is unique from other probiotics, which contain animal and plant strains. The HPI consist of Lactic Acid Bacteria (LAB) and Bifidobacteria including beneficial strains of Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Lactobacillus Bifidus and S. Thermophilus.
Q: Scientific Studies & Clinical Trials?
A: Current laws under FSANZ, FDA and EFSA prevent publication of clinical studies supporting probiotic strain health claims.
Q: Do I have to keep Progurt probiotics in the fridge?
A: No, they are safe at room temperature. They are also safe to carry with you while travelling, both domestically and internationally.
Q: How long do Progurt probiotic sachets last?
A: Each sachet pack has a 12-month shelf life. Please check the best-before date.
Q: Are there any negative side effects?
A: No, there are no known side effects.
Q: Can Progurt probiotics be taken with other medication?
A: Please consume Progurt probiotic sachets at least 2 hours away from pharmaceutical medications.
Q: How long can I stay on Progurt probiotic sachets?
A: Progurt probiotics can be taken for as long as required. If symptoms persist, please consult your healthcare professional.
Q: Which type of milk should I use to make Progurt?
A: Use only Ultra Heat Treated (UHT) Full Cream Dairy Milk at room temperature. UHT Dairy Milk is also termed Ultra Pasteurised or Long Life. Full Cream Dairy Milk is also termed Whole Milk. UHT Dairy Milk is a sterile foundation for the Progurt starter culture to grow. Progurt must be made with sterile dairy milk, so if you don’t have UHT Dairy Milk, you must boil your milk first. Ensure milk is at room temperature before you begin making Progurt. It is recommended that you choose the highest quality milk available. You can use both Cows’ Milk and Goats’ Milk.
Q: Can I make fresh Progurt, using already-made Progurt as the starter culture?
A: No, fresh Progurt cannot be made using already-made Progurt as a starter culture. The strains of bacteria contained in Progurt are indigenous to the human gastro-intestinal tract and will not replicate.
Q: Can I use Skim Milk or Lite Milk?
A: No. UHT/Long Life/Ultra Pasteurised Full Cream Milk at room temperature is the only type of milk that can be used when making Progurt.
Q: Can I use Soy Milk?
A: No. UHT/Long Life/Ultra Pasteurised Full Cream Milk at room temperature is the only type of milk that can be used when making Progurt.
Q: Can I add Progurt to other foods?
A: Yes, Progurt can be added to fresh and frozen fruit, muesli and used as a dip for vegetables. Do not add to hot foods however, as the bacteria will die if subjected to high temperatures.
Q: Can I consume Progurt warm?
A: Yes, you may consume it fresh from the Progurt Incubator but not artificially heated, i.e. in a microwave, as the bacteria will die if subjected to such high temperatures.
Q: Can I add sweeteners?
A: Yes, but only natural sweeteners are recommended. For example, 100% pure Maple Syrup, Organic Honey, Fresh Fruit or Progurt Prebiotic.
Q: How is Progurt different from other Probiotics?
A: It is the specific strains and amount of probiotics which make Progurt unique. The strains contained in Progurt are of human origin, unlike most probiotics which are of bovine or animal origin.
Q: How long will Progurt last refrigerated?
A: Progurt will remain fresh for up to 14 days refrigerated, however it is best consumed within 7 days of its incubation in order to receive maximum benefits from the probiotic bacteria.
Q: Do you offer a warranty on the Progurt Incubator?
A: Yes, we offer a 5-year guarantee against faulty material and manufacture.
Q: Are there any artificial colours, flavours or preservatives added to Progurt?
A: No, there are absolutely no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives in Progurt.
Q: Can Progurt be frozen?
A: No, neither the Progurt probiotic sachets nor Progurt can be frozen. The bacteria will die if subjected to freezing temperatures.
Q: What does Progurt taste like?
A: Progurt tastes like a gourmet style yogurt. It has a soft, mild taste but is dependent on the milk being used and the incubation time. You can control the taste through incubation time, from mild to tart.
Q: What is the clear fluid that sometimes appears at the top of Progurt?
A: The clear fluid that sometimes appears at the top of Progurt is Whey. This is a normal consequence of fermentation. Simply stir the contents to re-mix the whey.
Q: Can I eat other yogurt at the same time as Progurt?
A: Yes, but it is not recommended. Probiotic bacteria compete with one another and it is best to allow the strains of beneficial bacteria in Progurt to colonise with minimal competition from other sources.
Q: What is the difference between Progurt and yogurt?
A: Both Progurt and yogurt are cultured dairy products made from milk fermented with live bacteria. Yogurt is made with strains of bacteria indigenous to the bovine gastro-intestinal tract. Progurt is unique because of its formulation and contains strains of probiotic bacteria indigenous to the human gastro-intestinal tract.
Q: Can I eat Progurt if I am Lactose Intolerant?
A: Yes. Whatever Lactose that is in the milk pre-incubation is converted to Lactase by the Progurt bacteria during incubation.
Q: Can I eat Progurt if I am taking antibiotics?
A: Yes, if you are taking antibiotics you can still safely consume Progurt. It is recommended to wait at least 2 hours after taking the antibiotic before you begin consuming Progurt.
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