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What are probiotics?

These live microorganisms can have health benefits

即,1) 消费时益生菌微生物必须具有活性;2) 其剂量必须足以产生效果;并且 3) 必须具有有益的健康功效。满足上述全部三项要求才能称之为益生菌。目前,大部分益生菌属于 乳酸杆菌 或 双歧杆菌 属。







Probiotics defined

The World Health Organization defines probiotics as “live microorganisms that, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host".1

Many foods and supplements contain live microorganisms, but only those containing characterized strains with a scientifically demonstrated effect on health may correctly be termed "probiotics". By this definition, a probiotic strain must be characterized by its specific identity, potency, and health benefits.





It is important to note that not all probiotics are the same. They may range in potency, stability and the benefits offered to the body – even within the same species! As a result, it is crucial to link all clinical research to a probiotic at the strain level.2


Isolating strains and optimizing their stability 

Much clinical research has been done to understand which probiotic strains offer the greatest health benefit. Probiotic manufacturers like ourselves isolate these proven strains and conduct studies to optimize their potency and stability. 

In fact, the identity of all Chr. Hansen probiotics is ensured by state-of-the-art analytical methods. Complete genome analyses have shown that we are able to accurately maintain probiotic strain identity throughout production.  

Our quality control, with validated methods for microbial contaminants, and process evaluation ensure high quality, strain safety and purity for all our products.  


1 Hill C, Guarner F, Reid G, Gibson GR, Merenstein DJ, Pot B, et al. Nat Rev Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2014;11(August 2014):506–14.
2 McFarland L V., Evans CT, Goldstein EJC. Front Med. 2018;5.

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