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The History of Probiotics

The history of probiotics, or 'good bacteria', lies in the 1900s when probiotics were discovered by Russian scientist and Nobel Prize winner, Elie Metchnikoff of the Pasteur Institute in Paris.

In 1907, working in Bulgaria, Metchnikoff was intrigued as to why certain inhabitants of the Bulgarian population lived much longer than others.  Discovering that villagers living in the Caucasus Mountains were drinking a fermented yoghurt drink on a daily basis, his studies found that a probiotic called Lactobacillus bulgaricus improved their health and may have helped the longevity of their lives.

Metchnikoff's pioneering research prompted him and others to look further into probiotics, leading scientists to discover many types of probiotics such as Lactobacillus acidophilus, Saccharomyces boulardii, and Bifidobacterium infantis; all of which have various properties and can have different effects on the body.

It was also, of course, the first step of the exciting probiotic journey that led us to creating the OptiBac Probiotics range, taking specific strains of bacteria and tailoring them to meet your specific health needs.

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