How and when it’s best to take probiotics? On an empty stomach or with a meal? AM or PM?
The best time to take probiotics can vary depending on the individual and their particular needs. Some experts recommend to take probiotics on an empty stomach, ideally 15-30 minutes before a meal. This is because stomach acid levels are lower at this time, which can help the probiotics survive and thrive in the digestive tract.
Other experts recommend to take probiotics with meals, preferably with a meal containing some fat. This is because the fat in the food can help the probiotics survive the acidic environment of the stomach and reach the intestines, where they can be most effective.
However, some people with gut sensitivities may find that taking probiotics with food helps to reduce any potential gastrointestinal discomfort.
It’s also important to note that different strains of probiotics may have different optimal times for consumption. For example, some strains may be more effective when taken at night, while others may be more beneficial when taken in the morning.
It is also important to follow the specific instructions on the probiotic supplement label or as recommended by your healthcare provider. Some probiotic manufacturers recommend taking the supplement on an empty stomach, while others advise taking it with food.
Some probiotics may be better taken at specific times of the day or with specific foods. While research indicates that some strains may survive better if taken before a meal, the timing of your probiotic is less important than consistency.
The quality of the supplement is also important to ensure proper absorbtion. Probiotics need to survive the gut acids in order to establish themselves in the GI tract. If the capsule does not offer proper protection from stomach acids, it may not be effective.
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“Research shows that the best time to take probiotics is just before a meal or as you begin your meal,” says Lisa Richards, CNC, nutritionist. “This is the time when your stomach environment is at its least acidic because your body has not yet begun to produce stomach acid in large quantities to digest your food. Taking your probiotics at this time will make their passage to your gut a little easier and ensure you get the most from those beneficial bacteria.”
The experts at Care/ Of agree: “Regardless, it’s important to consider the time of day that you are most likely to develop a successful habit. Consistency is key.”
Ultimately, it’s best to follow the instructions provided with your particular probiotic supplement and to talk to your healthcare provider if you have any questions or concerns about when to take probiotics.