Survival through the gastrointestinal system and into the gut is required for a probiotic to exert its clinical effects.
The highest rates of survival have been found for enteric coated, probiotic capsules. Studies of probiotics have shown that encapsulated (not enteric coated) products and probiotic powders can have limited resistance to gastrointestinal fluid.
Thus, ability to survive the gastrointestinal tract is an important consideration in the selection of a probiotic, with enteric coating conferring protection.13
Did you know?
Did you know that consumers may be needlessly purchasing probiotics that are mislabelled and misleading? Stability and viability of a probiotic may be compromised due to variations in temperature and other environmental conditions. The amount of live bacteria in a product at the time of purchase may be lower than the labelled amount.