Lactobacillus reuteri is a probiotic gram-positive bacterium that is naturally found in the human gastrointestinal tract and has been extensively studied for its potential health-promoting properties. Lactobacillus reuteri is known to produce antimicrobial compounds and has the ability to adhere to intestinal cells, which may contribute to its beneficial effects (1). Likewise, it has been shown to have a positive effect in the regulation of immune response and the prevention of pathogenic bacterial infections (1). Lactobacillus reuteri may also play a role in the treatment of certain gastrointestinal disorders, such as inflammatory bowel disease and antibiotic associated diarrhoea (1).
If you have a weakened immune system or damaged heart valve, please consult your health care practitioner before using this product (2).
Epigenetics probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri is produced in a vegan friendly and convenient delayed release capsule. Recommended daily dose is 1 serving per day taken after a meal, or as directed by a healthcare practitioner. This product is not intended to be used as an alternative to a varied diet.
||Amount per serving
|Inulin (from Jerusalem artichoke)
||50 mg (5B CFU)
† Percent Daily Reference Intakes (RI) not established.
INGREDIENTS: Organic Jerusalem artichoke tuber extract (Helianthus tuberosus), Delayed release vegetable capsule (Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, Gellan gum), Lactobacillus reuteri.
Suitable for vegans
Lactobacillus reuteri may have several health benefits, including the ability to help prevent infections (3). This is due to its ability to help maintain a healthy balance of bacteria in the gut which plays an important role in supporting the immune system. Additionally, Lactobacillus reuteri has been shown to have immunomodulatory properties. Research suggests that this probiotic may be able to regulate immune response by modulating the activity of dendritic cells, which play a key role in the initiation of the immune response (4). Moreover, studies have shown that Lactobacillus reuteri may be particularly effective in preventing and treating infections such as respiratory tract infections, urinary tract infections, and bacterial vaginosis (5).
Lactobacillus reuteri has also been shown to reduce the production of inflammatory cytokines, which may contribute to its anti-inflammatory effects.
There is evidence to suggest that Lactobacillus reuteri may be effective in treating colic in infants (6). Colic is a common condition in infants in which they experience excessive crying, fussiness, and irritability, often without a direct cause. Some studies suggest that Lactobacillus reuteri may help to balance the gut microbiome and reduce inflammation in the gut which could help reduce colic symptoms (6). Similarly, one study demonstrated that the administration of Lactobacillus reuteri to babies fed with breast milk can reduce colic-related crying time (7). This highlights the possible role Lactobacillus reuteri plays in treating colic.
Lactobacillus reuteri may also play a role in the prevention and treatment of gastrointestinal disorders (1). Studies have shown that it can help prevent and treat antibiotic-associated diarrhoea by restoring the balance of the gut microflora (8). Likewise, it’s been suggested that administration of Lactobacillus reuteri can be beneficial in treating acute watery diarrhoea (8). Lactobacillus reuteri may improve symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) by reducing inflammation and promoting healing of the intestinal lining. According to a study in 2020, it was found that probiotic treatment with Lactobacillus reuteri has an anti-inflammatory effect on the gut which may suppress inflammatory responses in IBD (9). These findings suggest that this probiotic may be a promising treatment for certain gastrointestinal diseases.
Furthermore, one of the key properties of Lactobacillus reuteri is its ability to produce the antimicrobial compound reuterin (1). Reuterin is produced through the metabolism of glycerol by the bacterium and has been shown to be effective against several pathogenic bacteria (1). This property makes Lactobacillus reuteri a potential option for the treatment of bacterial infections, including those that are resistant to antibiotics.
Lactobacillus reuteri may play a role in the treatment of eczema. In 2007, a group of Swedish scientists conducted a study that found that infants born to women who were prone to eczema and who consumed Lactobacillus reuteri during pregnancy were less likely to develop the itchy, scaly skin rash. Additionally, in the same study, infants who were given Lactobacillus reuteri shortly after birth and for the following six months had a significant reduction in the incidence of eczema compared to those who had received a placebo (10). This suggest that Lactobacillus reuteri may be a promising treatment option for children suffering from eczema.
What’s more, Lactobacillus reuteri may help support dental health. This probiotic has been shown to effectively combat Streptococcus mutans, a bacterium that accelerates tooth decay. Among various probiotic bacteria tested, Lactobacillus reuteri was found to be the only species that halted the production of Streptococcus mutants (11). In addition, studies found that chewing gum containing Lactobacillus reuteri may also aid in preventing gingivitis (12). Products that contain appropriate doses of Lactobacillus reuteri have been shown to reduce or eliminate inflammation and symptoms of gingivitis.
People with a weakened immune system, those with a history of abdominal surgery, and those who are hospitalised should avoid taking Lactobacillus reuteri. Lactobacillus reuteri has the potential to trigger an infection in the inner lining of the heart chambers and valves, although this occurrence is extremely rare. Individuals with compromised heart valves are advised to discontinue probiotic use prior to undergoing surgical procedures. People taking antibiotics may also want to avoid consuming this product as the bacteria in the supplement can interfere with the effectiveness of the antibiotic (2).
Packaging: 60 capsules
Recommended daily dose, 1 serving taken after a meal.
Serving size: 1 capsule, Servings per container: 60
Store in a refrigerator out of reach and sight of children. Once opened, consume within 6 months.