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Most people know that probiotics are an essential part of any diet, especially if you are unwell or have taken a course of antibotics. Your intestines and guts are made up of billions of what are known as CGUs or colony forming units, which is the measurement of the number of individual probiotics. Jenny and Angus developed a combination of 6 strains of probiotics that are added to Foxy's right before it's frozen to ensure ongoing viability. In fact, you can check exactly how many are present in your batch of ice cream by checking here.

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The 6 strains that we use are
// L. Acidophilus
// L. Plantarum
// L. Rhamnosus
// L. Salivarum
// B. Biffidum
// B. Lactis

We add enough to ensure that we can claim 5bn CFU's / 500ml tub at the time of manufacture — we check each batch after manufacture, and make the results available for consumers to view the independent lab results.


The dose of probiotics in Foxy’s is relatively small, and useful for maintenance of your normal levels, so don’t worry about side effects!According to studies from many sources, including Katherine Zertsky, R.D., L.D. from the Mayo Clinic’s article below:

“You don't necessarily need probiotics — a type of "good" bacteria — to be healthy. However, these microorganisms may help with digestion and offer protection from harmful bacteria, just as the existing "good" bacteria in your body already do. Prebiotics are nondigestible carbohydrates that act as food for probiotics. When probiotics and prebiotics are combined, they form a synbiotic. Fermented dairy products, such as yogurt and kefir, are considered synbiotic because they contain live bacteria and the fuel they need to thrive.

Probiotics are found in foods such as yogurt, while prebiotics are found in whole grains, bananas, onions, garlic, honey and artichokes. In addition, probiotics and prebiotics are added to some foods and available as dietary supplements.

Although more research is needed, there's encouraging evidence that probiotics may help:
// Treat diarrhea, especially following treatment with certain antibiotics
// Prevent and treat vaginal yeast infections and urinary tract infections
// Treat irritable bowel syndrome
// Speed treatment of certain intestinal infections
// Prevent or reduce the severity of colds and flu
Side effects are rare, and most healthy adults can safely add foods that contain prebiotics and probiotics to their diets. If you're considering taking supplements, check with your doctor to be sure that they're right for you.”

Katherine Zertsky, R.D., L.D. from the Mayo Clinic’s

Dr. Brent Bauer, M.D a GI specialist at Mayo in Rochester, Minn also has some interesting things to day in his Q&A here:

Some research has shown that taking probiotics may have health benefits. They appear to be especially useful in promoting digestive health. In healthy adults, side effects from probiotics are rare. Before you start taking probiotics, however, it is a good idea to discuss it with your doctor.

Probiotics contain strains of living bacteria that are similar to the healthy bacteria normally found in your digestive system. The purpose of taking probiotics is to increase the levels of those healthy bacteria.

You can get probiotics from your diet. For example, yogurt, some types of soft cheese such as Gouda, miso soup, sourdough bread and acidophilus milk all contain probiotics. Probiotics also are available in pill form as an over-the-counter dietary supplement.

Although more research is needed, there is evidence that probiotics may be useful in treating some disorders of the digestive tract. In particular, probiotics appear to be helpful in treating diarrhea, especially following treatment with certain antibiotics; treating irritable bowel syndrome; and speeding treatment of some intestinal infections.

Probiotics also may be effective in preventing and treating the skin condition eczema in children. Some research suggests probiotics can help reduce the recurrence of bladder cancer, as well.

One research study of children in daycare settings found that those who regularly took a probiotic supplement developed fewer colds and were less likely to get the flu than those who did not. Another study of probiotics followed a group of people who worked night shifts — a population that has been shown to be more susceptible to viral illnesses. Its findings were similar to those of the daycare study: people who took probiotics got sick less often than those who did not.

It is important to note, though, that not all probiotics are the same. The specific type of probiotic used to treat irritable bowel syndrome, for example, may not be the one that can help fight eczema. When you go to buy a probiotic supplement, you will likely find a wide variety of options available. Identifying the differences between the products can be confusing, and it is often hard to know which one is right for you.

That’s why talking with your doctor before you start taking a probiotic can be helpful. The two of you can discuss whether taking a probiotic supplement might be useful for you in the first place. Then, if it is, your doctor can help you determine what type of probiotic will be best for your situation.

Side effects from probiotics are uncommon. Most healthy adults can safely add probiotics to their diet without any problems. Before you start taking a probiotics supplement, however, you should review with your doctor any other medications or supplements you are taking and discuss any additional health concerns you may have. In some people who have immune system problems or intestinal damage, taking probiotics may not be recommended.

Because the use of probiotics is relatively new, it is possible some doctors may not be familiar enough with them to guide you through the process of choosing the right probiotic. In that case, consider talking with your pharmacist about it instead.

Brent Bauer, M.D., General Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.