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Supporting women’s health throughout life

Women’s nutritional needs change dramatically throughout their lives. Digestive, immune, and vaginal health are important for women of all ages, while iron status and bone health take precedence during specific phases. All of these bodily systems are sensitive to shifts in gut microbiota. Dysbiosis, which is characterized by a surplus of pathogenic bacteria and a deficit of health-promoting bacteria, may negatively affect overall health.

For young women of child-bearing age, iron-deficiency anemia caused by monthly periods or insufficient iron intake is a significant health risk. Vegetarians and vegans, female athletes of all ages, and pregnant women are also predisposed to developing anemia.

Women who are approaching (or have passed) menopause may be increasingly concerned with bone loss, osteoporosis, and fractures, while elderly women may be affected by conditions that have been linked with low-grade inflammation, such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.

A long-term commitment

A US-based consumer survey found that, regardless of a woman’s life stage, the primary driver of supplement use is a desire to maintain or improve overall health, including digestive, immune and vaginal health. Furthermore, the women surveyed specified improved bone health as the single most important reason to use supplements.1

Women’s health concerns include:

  • Gastrointestinal discomfort, which they experience more frequently than men. More women than men are also diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).2
  • Immune health, which is especially important to mothers risking increased exposure from children, who are prone to catching colds.
  • Vaginal bacterial dysbiosis, which may contribute to the development of urinary tract and vaginal infections, and may also increase the risk for preterm birth.
  • Bone health, including a high awareness of the increased risk for age-related osteoporosis and bone fracture. Maintaining vitality and mobility with strong and robust bones, is an important factor for a healthy life. 

1. Bailey et al. 2013. JAMA, doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.2299
2. Payne et al. 2004. Gend. Med., doi: 10.1016/s1550-8579(04)80007-x

How can probiotics help?

Probiotics have a long history of use in many health areas, especially for digestive and immune support. However, not all probiotics are the same, and even within the same species, different strains of bacteria may have different modes of action and unique health effects. The consumption of carefully selected probiotic bacteria may foster a diverse, balanced microbiota that improves gastrointestinal function and decreases digestive discomfort.

Probiotics may also support a strong immune system. This may be especially important to women whose stress levels are often high.

Iron absorption and bone health are two attractive new positions that carry great commercial potential in the probiotic market. Probi® has identified probiotic bacteria to address these needs. The strain Lactiplantibacillus plantarum 299v (LP299V®) has been shown to support iron absorption and status. A combination of three different lactobacilli strains, has been clinically shown to support bone strength.

During a lifetime, women’s bodies go through many changes that affect the composition of vaginal bacteria. Probiotics may support a healthy vaginal microbiota for women of all ages.

How can Probi® help?

Probi® offers a comprehensive portfolio of probiotics, including strains backed by extensive clinical studies, which have been shown to address many of the most common health concerns of women. These probiotics may support a well-balanced, diverse intestinal environment, and have beneficial effects on the gastrointestinal tract.

Probi Digestis®Lactiplantibacillus plantarum 299v (LP299V®) is the most studied L. plantarum strain and one of the most studied probiotic strains in the world. Conclusive results from repeated studies in humans show improved digestive health and significantly decreased gastrointestinal discomfort. Recommended for all ages, including children from 1 year of age. With Probi Digestis®, consumers feel the difference. Learn more

Probi Defendum® is a clinically studied probiotic concept consisting of a combination of the strains Lactiplantibacillus plantarum HEAL9 (HEAL9™) and Lacticaseibacillus paracasei 8700:2. The efficacy and safety of Probi Defendum® have been investigated in multiple state-of-the-art clinical trials focused on respiratory health, with more than 1700 healthy subjects in total, including both adults and children. Learn more

Probi FerroSorb® is comprised of the proprietary probiotic strain Lactiplantibacillus plantarum 299v (LP299V®) plus a small amount of iron. This product has been shown to provide a new, innovative mode of action to support iron absorption and long-term iron status. It is targeted for women of childbearing age, pregnant women, vegetarians, vegans and athletes. Learn more

Probi® Osteo has been studied in both preclinical and clinical settings. A recent randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study monitored the impact of Probi® Osteo on the bone density of 249 healthy, early postmenopausal women over a 12-month period. The results of the study showed that the intake of Probi® Osteo may reduce bone loss, therefore helping to maintain strong bones. Learn more

Single or multi-species blends of carefully chosen probiotic strains have been formulated to support the unique needs of women, including balanced urinary and vaginal health at every age.


These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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