Your health comes first. The reason we make probiotic supplements in capsules or sachets is that we strongly believe this to be the most effective and healthy way to take your probiotics. Many probiotic yoghurt drinks have extremely high doses of sugar which can be damaging to the health. Light versions of these drinks often contain artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, a chemical believed by many to have toxic effects on the human body.
All OptiBac Probiotics are free from artificial sweeteners and nasty additives.
Our probiotic strains endure rigorous tests to ensure their survival through the stomach acidity and biliary salts, as well as to ensure their ability to adhere to the epithelial cells in the gut wall lining. These factors are absolutely vital in a trustworthy probiotic.
Our probiotics are cultured on an organic dairy base; the livestock were reared without the routine use of antibiotics, with no use of growth hormones, and with no genetic modification. Furthermore, the prebiotic Fructooligosaccharides (FOS) that we use in many of our products is derived from organic chicory root.
Last but not least, in terms of your health, we appreciate that different people take probiotics for different reasons. So if you are looking for probiotic support For bowel calm and your partner is looking for probiotics For a flat stomach, we offer each of you a condition-specific combination of probiotic strains.
At OptiBac Probiotics we strive to use the minimum amount of packaging possible. When rebranding from DTECTA Probiotics we discontinued our use of the outer trays that covered our products, replacing them for a much smaller paper sleeve. In April 2008 we increased the potency and reduced the number of capsules in For travelling abroad, allowing us to reduce the number of blister packs per product by 30%. In less than nine months this saved the production of over 5,000 blister packs – enough to cover an area of 2.5km2 !
We make a concerted effort to avoid unnecessary layers in our packaging. The powdered products, For a flat stomach and For your child’s health come in separate sachets for each day’s use in the interest of guaranteeing the viability of the bacteria, which we consider a key factor in the quality of these products.
For daily wellbeing, For daily wellbeing EXTRA Strength comes in bottles that are specifically manufactured for healthcare, and they pass all of our quality standards including being recyclable and having a very low Moisture Vapour Transmission Rate (MVTR).
The entire range is shelf-stable meaning more convenience for you, as well as no need to refrigerate and hence less energy consumption.
Not only do we consider the environment in our outwardly visible efforts, but the environment is always on our minds in the heart of the OptiBac head office. Here one member of staff, also known as “the Eco Dragon”, exerts her fiery temper against any employee who fails to reuse and recycle their paper, turn off unused lights and computers, or who boils more water than they need for the morning round of tea. It is hence a challenge to work for OptiBac Probiotics and not always have the environment in mind!
Corporate & Social responsibility
At OptiBac we understand responsibility of a company to fully disclose all of the ingredients used in each product. We have a policy of absolute transparency when it comes to informing retailers and consumers what ingredients make up each product, so that each customer can make an informed decision according to their personal needs. To access detailed information on the nature of our products, please see the relevant product page, this full ingredients FAQ, or Contact Us.
We care about the wellbeing, comfort and happiness of our diverse personnel. Daily meetings at the Head Office ensure that communication is rife between all levels of the OptiBac family, constantly reminding employees of our mission and ethos, as well as engaging all staff in ethically responsible thinking.
We also strive to support our surrounding community. Wren Laboratories gives annual donations to Shine Charity, the association for Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus, the UK's leading registered charity providing information and advice about spina bifida and hydrocephalus.
We regularly donate to the Aga Khan University Hospital's Patient Welfare Programme in Kenya. In the financial year April 2011 - Mar 2012 Wren Labs Ltd. donated over 15% of our net profits to the programme, and our sister company Medipharma Ltd. matched the donation in March 2012. The Patient Welfare Programme, a project run by the Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi, provides assistance to patients who would otherwise be unable to afford medical care - regardless of gender, faith or ethnic origin. Find out more about the programme here. We also contribute to the Whole Planet Foundation who works to empower individuals in 40 countries (and growing) around the world.
And finally, one of our core values is to deliver value to you. As the probiotics industry is still relatively young, many probiotics in the market are high in cost. As a young, UK-based company we do all that we can to minimise costs and to keep our products at a fair price, without compromising the quality of the probiotics.
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