Should Probiotics Be Stored in the Bathroom?
Probiotics as living organisms are susceptible to heat, light and moisture, and so once purchased, ensuring vitality and viability of the organisms is important. Commercially available probiotics all have storage guidance on them, but generally state to keep in a controlled environment (like an air-conditioned room or controlled storage conditions).
Try not to keep your probiotics in the bathroom, bathrooms usually have high humidity, due to the daily showers or daily bath time that produces a warm moist atmosphere, ideal for the bacteria to ferment. Once the living viable microbes move from their freeze-dried state, to fermenting they can become ineffective. Instead keep them in a room where the humidity is low and the temperature is at or below 77 °Fahrenheit.
Probiotics are packed in bottles or blister packs and come in several forms with capsules being the most popular, due to human demand. However, powder and liquid or gel forms are more often seen in the veterinary (or pet) world.T
he Activ-Vial was introduced a few years ago and is a premium bottle but the best bottle (in our opinion) to store probiotics due to its ability to reduce heat, light, and moisture from getting into the bottle!
The features of the Activ-Vial are:
- Easy open/close, “click” sound
- Moisture-tight and leak-proof sealing
- Attached lid cannot be lost or misplaced
- Engineered desiccant sleeve lines bottle (vial)
- Controlled moisture absorption
- Injection molded bottle allows product to be completely surrounded by desiccant sleeve
Benefits of the Activ-Film™ (the lining of the bottle) materials versus industry standard:
- Ensures product stability (OK to store at controlled room temperature)
- Extends product shelf life (Usually 24-36 months depending on the probiotic organism)
- Eliminates need for refrigeration – having your probiotic in the refrigerator, means you often forget to take it.
When considering a purchase of a probiotic for yourself, or your pet consider how it is packaged, and understand the importance of how a product will perform based on the packaging.
What to expect from a good probiotic? Well-made probiotics should support the 4 layers in the GI tract:
- Probiotics (in adequate amounts) add billions of good microorganisms to the gut microbiota, restoring balance and diversity of the microbiota (good vs. bad)
- Probiotics support the digestive processes (absorption of nutrients) that help produce ‘natural chemicals’ needed for correct function and formation
- Probiotics support the cells that line the GI tract to defend the GI tract from bad organisms (pathogens, parasites, worms) that may want to stay in the GI tract, the probiotic bacteria feed on all the nutrients forcing the weakened pathogens to leave the GI tract
- Probiotics support immune function by supporting the GI tract’s ability to produce anti-inflammatory responses
If the probiotic is made well and the company making it has storage and stability data, then you can rest assured the probiotic is working. For us, having strict manufacturing protocols and the best options for storage were of high importance at ocnean.com
Why Profauna Pet Probiotics are Different
Profauna was designed to be a ‘clean’ form of probiotic, especially for those pets with allergies, intolerances or susceptible to inactive ingredients (additives). Profauna Pet Probiotics were designed in a powder form; this eliminates all the capsule ingredients, artificial colors (of our competitors) and artificial flavors or tasty additives, we reduced the number of ingredients (to THREE) and made it available to all ‘pet palates’ (ability to mix into any and all appropriate foods for cats, kittens, puppies and dogs). So, when choosing a probiotic for your fur baby it is important to read the label.
Check the label for
- Expiration date - how long is the shelf life? Does it need to be refrigerated
- How many ingredients? Are they all needed?
- Where is the product made? All pet products have to have the source of the ingredients as well as where it was made so sourced in New Zealand and Made in the USA means stuff was purchased outside the USA and then blended and packaged here in the USA. Only products that state Made in the USA have sourced and packaged their products here.
- Meets all manufacturing standards and regulations for pets
- Does it have a "Guaranteed Analysis?" on the label
- Is Calorie Content on the label
- IS the AAFCO disclaimer on it? Meaning does it state if the ingredients are recognized as essential nutrients by the AAFCO Dog & Cat Nutrient Profiles?
These are all ways to make sure your preferred supplier is complying with the regulations.