Hello and thank you for taking the time to read more about us.
My name is Jalal and this is our story: My sisters and I started up the OptiBac brand in 2004 with the help of our father, under the company name Wren Laboratories Ltd. Dad had dedicated over 35 years to working as a successful community pharmacist, and given our passion for health & wellbeing, we were keen to move into something with a stronger focus on natural health. We had all been blown away by taking friendly bacteria supplements ourselves, and were excited to discover more.
We love what we do. Every day, we receive excellent reviews for our supplements from people around the world, who tell us that their quality of life is just a bit (or sometimes a lot) better thanks to OptiBac. We're based near Andover, in the beautiful county of Hampshire (UK) where my sisters and I grew up, and we now have a small office in London as well. Every day at lunchtime the team get together and the extended OptiBac family meets to talk about upcoming projects, and we also read one or two reviews out loud. Walking back to your desk knowing that somebody out there is feeling happy because of what you do, is the best motivation.
Our expertise is in exploring specific species and strains. This is very important as research continues to show that different live cultures will have different modes of action in the body. We are proud to have introduced a number of strains to the UK, including pure Saccharomyces boulardii, Bifidobacterium lactisBB-12® and Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1® and Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14® in For women.
We all take our supplements on a daily basis, and believe wholeheartedly in what we do. We hope you will find our website informative and easy to navigate. We aim to keep it full of up-to-date information and interesting news on friendly bacteria.
What we do
Live cultures are microorganisms, also known as friendly bacteria, good bacteria or micro-biotics.
The OptiBac range
Our range consists of 12 different live cultures supplements - all natural, and with no added colourings, flavours or preservatives, and including options suitable for infants, pregnant & breastfeeding mothers, for vegetarians, vegans, coeliacs, and for those who are lactose intolerant (suitability varies across the range - for more information see our suitability FAQs)
How does OptiBac compare?
At OptiBac, we specialise entirely in live cultures and consider ourselves experts in the field. Our strains are of the highest quality; each strain undergoes tests to ensure it is stable at room temperature, can survive stomach acidity, and can adhere to the lining of the gut wall.
We focus in particular on taking specific strains and targeting specific life stages - acknowledging the fact that different species and strains have different effects on the body. This is extremely important to us.
We are completely transparent when it comes to the make-up of our products, and unlike many others, we cite not only the microorganism's family and species, but the strain (the specific type) as well.