‘Probiotic’ is a very generic term that includes a large number of species of microorganisms, particularly lactobacilli and bifidobacterial they are a live microorganism that, when administered in appropriate amounts, confers a health benefit on the host. Collectively, they crowd out harmful microbial invaders, break down fibrous foods into more digestible components and produce vitamins such as K and B12.
Prebiotics: Since probiotics are living microorganisms, they need food to stay alive and to grow in the gut. A “prebiotic” is a soluble fiber which probiotics feed upon to stimulate their growth.
Probiotics are extremely sensitive to light, moisture, and oxygen. These harmful elements can easily leak through plastic bottles during storage and shipping and cause the living probiotic microorganisms to die. Only a dark amber glass bottle can keep out harmful moisture and light. Plastic bottles can render probiotics useless as they are permeable to varying degrees of moisture. Don’t waste your hard-earned money by taking the risk with a plastic bottle.
BEWARE OF Dead Probiotics: There have been reports of companies failing to store or ship their probiotics properly, causing the essential colony-forming units (CFUs) in them to die, leaving the customer with useless products.