Probiotics – how to get it right?

The OnlyGood-products are created by the Swedish research company Animal Probiotics AB and are based on Dr. Lönner’s five quality criteria:

Isolated from the animal species it is intended for.

Safe to consume.

 Guaranteed high number of alive bacteria (in the product).

Survive the journey through the stomach, down to the intestines and activated at arrival.

 Show proven positive health-effects.

Isolated from the animal species it is intended for.

Bacteria have the ability to adapt to new environments. Due to this, they develop characteristics that make them strong and competitive. This also applies to the bacteria that are naturally found in the intestinal tract of animals and humans. The bacteria develop unique characteristics depending on the environment in which they are located.

In other words, there is a significant advantage when probiotic bacterium for dogs originates from a dog’s gut; for horses from a horse’s gut; and for cat from a cat’s gut, as the probiotic bacteria are adapted to the different animal species individual intestinal flora.

Safe to consume.

Both animals and humans consume living bacteria on a daily basis. Bacteria lives and are found on our paws/hands and in the food we eat. If too high quantities of “bad” bacteria is consumed, there is a risk that it will lead to health problems. Good hygiene is therefore important!

Safe consumption of probiotics means that; all individuals should be able to consume the probiotics without any health hazard. Even those with impaired immune systems. It is also important that the probiotic does not contain any bacterial strains that can cause the spread of antibiotic resistance.

 Guaranteed high number of alive bacteria (in the product).

One crucial quality criteria for a probiotic consumer product is that it must contain a high number of live and active bacteria per dosage, and the number should remain high up until the product’s best before date.

Why? During storage, the number of live bacteria in a probiotic product decreases in amount, which could be due to exposure to temperature, oxygen or moisture. In order to be able to guarantee a high number of live and active bacteria in the product, up until the stated best before date, it is important that these parameters are under control.

Survive the journey through the stomach, down to the intestines and activated at arrival.

The probiotic bacterium is exposed to many strains during its journey down to the intestines. The acidic environment of the stomach, bile acids and the pancreatic enzymes, result in that many bacteria, good and bad, do not survive its journey. Luckily, there are exceptions! Lactobacillus acidophilus became the first bacterium that was introduced and used in food production thanks to its very good ability to survive this journey and is today mainly found in fermented dairy products.

In order to have a long-term positive effect on the intestinal flora, it is necessary that the bacterium can attach itself in the intestine. By attaching to the intestinal mucosa; the bacterium extends its stay in the intestine leading to production of more good bacteria, and resulting in enhanced intestinal function. The Lactobacillus plantarum PC213 bacterium possesses this important vital attachment characteristic in the dog’s intestinal tract, and so does Lactobacillus plantarum JI: 1 in the horse’s intestinal tract. It is crucial that these specific bacterial characteristics are checked for each new production of the probiotic consumer product.

 Show proven positive health-effects.

Probiotics is; “live microorganisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit in humans or animals”. Scientific studies must have been carried out specifically on the species of animal for which the product is intended, and with the correct dosage of the probiotic bacterium recommended for the product in question.