Frequently Asked Questions
What are probiotics and prebiotics ?
Probiotics are live bacteria, usually found in yogurts or yogurt drinks, which ‘top up’ your levels of good bacteria in the colon. Prebiotics are a special type of carbohydrate which serves as food for your body’s own good bacteria, helping them to grow and multiply.
What are the benefits of prebiotics over probiotics?
Prebiotics are ‘non-digestable’. This means that they travel through your digestive system and reach your colon intact, exactly where they are needed. However, probiotics are live bacteria so may be destroyed or digested in the stomach or small intestine before they reach the colon.
How many different types of prebiotics are there?
Prebiotics fall into two main categories.
- Fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS)
- Galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS)
While there are numerous FOS prebiotics available and a handful of GOS prebiotics, Bimuno is the only second generation trans GOS prebiotic.
What is the difference between Bimuno and other prebiotics?
As prebiotics go Bimuno has the most potent bifidogenic (Bifidobacteria promoting) effect of any known prebiotic. This in itself is impressive, but Bimuno is far more than even that!
Bimuno has a unique dual action. This means it not only energises your immunity boosting Bifidobacteria but by a unique anti-adhesive action it also reduces the levels of ‘bad’ bacteria in your gut at the same time.
Does Bimuno increase ‘good’ gut bacteria species other than Bifidobacteria?
Yes, Bimuno also has a strong prebiotic (bacteria increasing) effect on species such as Lactobacilli which are also known to be beneficial for gut health.
What are bifidobacteria?
Bifidobacteria are a group of ‘good’ bacteria which live in the lower intestine. Scientific research has shown that they have a range of positive effects on the human body e.g. they; help regulate the immune system, reduce gas in the gut, promote health of the gut lining, inhibit the growth of pathogens and produce vitamins such as Vitamin K and folic acid.
What is Bimuno?
Bimuno is the most technologically advanced prebiotic available. It is a unique second generation prebiotic which works by feeding and energising the immunity boosting bacteria in your gut whilst simultaneously reducing your bad bacteria .This aids gut health, general well-being and provides a natural support to your body’s self-defences.
What is a second generation prebiotic?
Bimuno is the only second generation prebiotic. It goes beyond standard prebiotics by exhibiting additional properties not present in other prebiotics such as its ability to help force out bad bacteria.
Who can take Bimuno?
Anyone from children aged 3 years (in the case of Bimuno powder) to adults (including the elderly) who want to manage their gut health and boost their levels of good bacteria.
Young children should only take Bimuno under the supervision of an adult.
Who may benefit from Bimuno?
Extensive research and clinical trials have shown many people may benefit from taking a prebiotic including:
- Those wishing to maintain their gut health
- People who feel ‘run-down’
- Previously diagnosed IBS sufferers with symptoms such as diarrhoea, constipation or bloating
- People recovering from illness, taking antibiotics or about to enter hospital
- People travelling abroad
- Those aged 55 years or over (our good bacteria levels naturally fall as we get older)
When should I take Bimuno?
Any time you like. But many people like to have it after breakfast so that it becomes part of a daily routine.
Where can I buy Bimuno?
The complete Bimuno range is available from Boots and online at
bimuno.com. Bimuno Original powder is also available from Sainsbury
stores and independent pharmacies.
How often should I take Bimuno?
Taking Bimuno every day, can help you maintain a favourable balance
of good bacteria in your digestive system. It is recommended that Bimuno
be taken regularly as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle.
How do I take Bimuno?
BIMUNO POWDER: Our original product available in convenient powder single dose sachets
Adults and young person over 12: simply add one sachet daily to your food and drink (5.5g). Children aged 3 to 11: take half a sachet daily (2.75g)
Bimuno powder can be added and stirred into everyday food and drink such as cereal, coffee or tea. For easy dispersion we recommend mixing with a hot beverage. When adding to cold drinks dispersion is best accomplished by firstly forming a paste with a little warm water, adding the required drink, then stirring rapidly. If any small lumps remain, this will not impact Bimuno’s effectiveness. Bimuno is flavour free and does not alter the taste of your food or drink.
BIMUNO IBAID: Available in pleasant soft chewable pastilles
Adults and children over 12: take two pastilles a day, ideally after breakfast. Since the benefits build over time, a daily intake is recommended.
BIMUNO IMMUNAID: Available in pleasant soft chewable pastilles
Adults and children over 6: take two pastilles a day, ideally after breakfast. Since the benefits build over time, a daily intake is recommended.
BIMUNO TRAVELAID: Available in pleasant soft chewable pastilles
Adults and children over 6: take three pastilles a day, ideally after breakfast. It is recommended pastilles are taken daily seven days before you travel and each day whilst abroad.
Is Bimuno safe to take long term?
Bimuno is perfectly safe for long term usage, in fact we recommend Bimuno be taken on a regular daily basis. The recommended servings should be observed at all times.
Is Bimuno suitable for children?
Bimuno in its powdered form is suitable for children aged 3 years and above – while the pastille formulation is recommended for those over 6 years to reduce the likelihood of choking. Young children should always take Bimuno under the supervision of an adult.
Is Bimuno suitable for people suffering from milk allergy or lactose intolerance?
Although no adverse effects have been reported, milk allergy or lactose intolerance sufferers should exercise a degree of caution when first taking Bimuno*.
The Lactose contents for each product is as follows:
- POWDER – 1 sachet = 1.5g
- IBAID – 2 pastilles = 0.36g
- IMMUNAID – 2 pastilles = 0.36g
- TRAVELAID – 3 pastilles = 0.71g
*Bimuno POWDER is the preferred option of most people that are concerned about lactose intolerance.
Can I take Bimuno if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?
If you are pregnant, breast feeding or planning a pregnancy you should consult your healthcare professional before taking any food supplements. However, the scientific background shows no potential danger for use in pregnancy.
Will Bimuno interfere with my medication?
Bimuno is not a medicine and therefore shouldn’t interfere with any medication you may be taking. However, if you take prescribed medication for other conditions, you should speak to your healthcare professional before you take any food supplements.
Can I take Bimuno while on a course of antibiotics?
Many people take Bimuno to aid their digestive recovery after they have completed a course of antibiotics. If you are considering taking Bimuno during the course please consult your doctor first.
Is Bimuno suitable for people with diabetes?
Although no adverse effects have been reported, diabetes sufferers should consult their healthcare professional before taking Bimuno.
Is Bimuno suitable for people with existing medical conditions?
We recommend that you talk to your healthcare professional regarding specific conditions. They’ll be able to advise you on whether Bimuno is suitable for you.
How should I take Bimuno pastilles?
As with most supplements it is advisable that you take them along with food, since on rare occasions, taking the pastilles on an empty stomach can result in excess acid and possible discomfort.
Is Bimuno suitable for vegetarians?
Only Bimuno powder is suitable for vegetarians. None of the products are suitable for vegans.
Is Bimuno suitable for Kosher or Halal and similar diets?
Bimuno Powder is not currently certified as Kosher or Halal approved.
The Gelatin used in Bimuno IMMUNAID, IBAID and TRAVELAID Pastille production is certified Kosher and Halal approved.
Does Bimuno contain artificial colours or flavourings?
Bimuno is a health food supplement of natural origin. It is free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives.
How many calories are in Bimuno?
At the recommended dosage Bimuno products contribute less than 30 calories a day.
Can I add Bimuno powder to other foods?
Bimuno Original Powder can be added and stirred into everyday food and drink such as cereal, coffee or tea. For the best dispersion take Bimuno with your favourite hot drink. Bimuno is flavour free and does not alter the taste of your food or drink.
Can I use Bimuno IBAID if I have diarrhoea?
Yes you can use Bimuno if you have diarrhoea. Published scientific studies have demonstrated the benefits of Bimuno in a range of digestive health concerns. Bimuno’s unique dual action contributes to bacterial balance by helping to increase your guts Bifidobacteria while at the same time reducing less beneficial bacteria.
Can I use Bimuno IBAID if I have constipation?
Constipation may occur if levels of good bacteria start to fall. Bimuno IBAID increases your Bifidobacteria (good bacteria) levels. In scientific studies Bimuno has been shown to support individuals seeking to maintain regularity.
Can I use Bimuno IBAID if I have Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
Yes, a recently completed scientific study found that individuals who consumed Bimuno for just one week found significant support for their digestive health and comfort. Please note that Bimuno is not a medicine and is therefore not indicated for the prevention or treatment of disease.
Is Bimuno IBAID suitable if I have that ‘bloated feeling’?
It is now thought the bactieria in your gut may play a part in bloating too, in particular the balance between different types of bacteria. If ‘good’ bacteria levels fall, other types of bacteria that produce excessive amounts of gas can move in. Bimuno increases bacteria which do not produce excessive gas at the expense of those that do. A recently completed scientific study found that individuals who consumed Bimuno for just one week found significant support for their digestive health and comfort.
Can Bimuno TRAVELAID help my gut health when travelling abroad?
New scientific research demonstrated that Bimuno could help support the gut health of travellers’ abroad.
The study found that 8 out of 10 people who took Bimuno before and during their time abroad, found significant support for their digestive system.
How soon will I notice a difference with Bimuno?
Most people say they notice a benefit within 5-7 days.
How much is postage?
Orders within the UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man have Free Delivery.
For orders outside the UK, please refer to the shipping destination drop down on the Shopping Basket for postal rates as these vary from country to country.
How long does delivery take?
Orders are dispatched the following working day after the order is completed & delivery times are as follows:
- UK: 3 to 5 working days
- Western Europe: 6 – 9 working days
- Eastern Europe: 6 – 12 working days
- North America: 8 – 12 working days
- Central & South America: 10 – 14 working days
- Middle East: 8 – 12 working days
- Africa & Asia: 10 – 14 working days
Far East and Australasia: 10 – 14 working days