Here are some of the most frequent questions people ask us about Bimuno®

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  • What is Bimuno?

    Bimuno® is a unique prebiotic supplement containing galactoligosaccharides (GOS). GOS works by selectively increasing the level of bifidobacteria and other health-promoting bacteria found in the gut.

    Bimuno is available in three formats: Bimuno® DAILY, Bimuno® IBAID, Bimuno® TRAVELAID.

  • What does Bimuno do?

    Bimuno is used as a substrate for bifidobacteria in the gut microbiome. It increases the levels of this probiotic which increases the diversity of the gut microbiome. A diverse gut microbiome is associated with maintaining gut, immune and cognitive health.

  • Who can take Bimuno?

    Bimuno is for anyone who wishes to maintain their digestive health and general wellbeing.  Bimuno® TRAVELAID can help reduce the severity and duration of travellers' diarrhoea if taken 7 days before travel and whilst away.

  • Is Bimuno suitable for children?

    Yes, children can take Bimuno.

    Bimuno® DAILY is suitable for children aged 4 years and over.

    Bimuno® IBAID is suitable for children aged 4 years and over.

    Bimuno® TRAVELAID is suitable for children aged 4 years and over.

    Young children should always take Bimuno under the supervision of an adult.

  • What is the difference between Bimuno® DAILY, Bimuno® IBAID and Bimuno® TRAVELAID?

    All Bimuno products contain a unique GOS (galatooligosaccharide).

    Bimuno® DAILY is a taste-free powder, which comes in an easy to use sachet. Just pour one sachet of Daily into your tea, coffee, juice or other drink, or sprinkle it over food every day. If you have a sensitive stomach, take half a sachet for 7-10 days and if well tolerated, increase to 1 sachet per day.

    Bimuno® IBAID – is a chewable pastille. A daily dose (2 pastilles) contains a lower dose than Bimuno® DAILY and is recommended if you have a sensitive stomach.

    Bimuno® TRAVELAID – is a chewable pastille, designed to help prepare your gut for travel. It is recommended that you take 3 pastilles daily, starting 7 days before you travel and that you continue taking it whilst you are away.

  • How should my patients take Bimuno?

    Bimuno® DAILY – Take 1 sachet of powder per day, dissolved in tea, coffee or other drink, or sprinkled over food. If you have a sensitive stomach, take 1/2 a sachet for 7-10 days and if well-tolerated increase to 1 sachet per day.

    Bimuno® IBAID – Take 2 pastilles, chewing each one separately and thoroughly before swallowing. For best results, take the two pastilles at the same time of day.

    Bimuno® TRAVELAID – A convenient way to take Bimuno when travelling. Take 3 pastilles daily, starting 7 days before you travel and continuing whilst you are away. For best results, take 3 pastilles at the same time of day.

  • Is Bimuno a medicine?

    Bimuno is not a medicine and is not intended to prevent or treat medical conditions or their symptoms.

    Bimuno is a food supplement. It is not available on prescription and is free from any pharmacy supervisory restrictions. Healthcare Professionals can recommend Bimuno to their customers and patients.

  • When should my patients take Bimuno?

    Bimuno can be taken any time of the day, as part of a daily routine. For maximum benefit, patients should try to take it around the same time every day.

  • How often should my patients take Bimuno?

    They only need to take Bimuno once a day. Bimuno is best taken regularly as part of a daily routine, not just when the patient is feeling the symptoms of gastrointestinal discomfort (e.g. pain, bloating, diarrhoea, discomfort), but long term in order to feel the benefits to their overall health and wellbeing.

  • What should my patients expect when taking Bimuno for the first time?

    When they take Bimuno for the first time, it will take 3 days to start feeding the bifidobacteria in their gut. Between days 4 and 7, they may experience some gurgling in their stomach. This is a good sign as it means Bimuno is beginning to change their gut microbiome (the bacteria, yeast and fungi in the gut).

    Published studies have shown that, with daily use, the majority of Bimuno users experience an increase in their gut bifidobacteria within 7 days, although individual responses may vary.

  • Can Bimuno help with sleep disorders?

    The BBC programme “The Truth about sleep” showed the impact on Dr Mosley of taking Bimuno® DAILY Powder.

    The programme explained the impact of improving fibre intake and the positive effect this has on the good bacteria in your gut and inferred that this may improve sleep patterns.

    In the programme Dr Mosley discussed how his sleep patterns had improved whilst taking Bimuno in the evening before going to sleep. It should be noted that no formal clinical investigations have been conducted to assess the impact of Bimuno on sleep patterns.

  • Are there any side-effects with taking Bimuno?

    Within the first week of taking Bimuno, your patients may experience stomach gurgling and rumbling which then subsides. This is a good sign, as it means Bimuno is beginning to rebalance the gut microbiome.

  • Is it safe to take Bimuno long term?

    Yes, it is safe to take Bimuno long term. In fact, we recommend that your patients continue taking Bimuno even after their symptoms have gone away. By taking Bimuno as part of their daily routine, they help the beneficial bacteria thrive in their gut and this helps maintain a healthy digestive system.

  • Where can my customers or patients buy Bimuno from?

    In the UK, the complete Bimuno range is available online at, Boots and Amazon. Bimuno is also stocked in Holland & Barrett, Tesco, Lloyds Pharmacy and independent pharmacies and health food shops across the UK, although the Bimuno products they sell may vary from store to store. 

Pre-existing conditions, intolerances and special diets
  • Is Bimuno suitable for diabetics?

    The monosaccharides content of Bimuno (glucose and galactose) is clinically low and should not influence blood glucose levels.

  • Can my patients take Bimuno with a Probiotic?

    Yes, they can take Bimuno alongside a probiotic supplement.

  • Can my patients take Bimuno if they are taking prescribed medicines?

    Bimuno is a food supplement and not a medicine. On the basis of our scientific knowledge, there should be no effect on other medications taken alongside Bimuno.

  • Can my patients take Bimuno if they are pregnant or breast feeding?

    Yes, they can. Bimuno is a food supplement and not a medicine. It is not absorbed but transits through the gut to the large intestine (colon).

  • Will Bimuno interfere with chronic medication?

    Bimuno is a food supplement and not a medicine; to the best of our knowledge, there are no described contraindications or interactions with medicines.

  • Can Bimuno be taken whilst undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy?

    Although we have not had any studies looking at the safety of Bimuno in cancer patients during or after chemotherapy and radiotherapy, the scientific evidence suggests that it is safe to take supplements like Bimuno during chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

    Bimuno is a food supplement and not a medicine; to the best of our knowledge, there are no described contraindications or interactions with medicines.

  • Is Bimuno suitable to take if my patients have a pre-existing medical condition such Coeliac Disease, SIBO,IBD etc.?

    Bimuno is generally regarded as safe to take even if you have existing medical conditions.

  • Is Bimuno suitable for people suffering from milk allergy?

    Bimuno® DAILY does contain milk proteins – whey and casein.

    Bimuno® IBAID and Bimuno® TRAVELAID have been analysed for milk proteins and the results are below the limits of detection.

    We identify allergens in bold in our ingredients list on each pack.

  • Is Bimuno suitable for people suffering from lactose intolerance?

    Bimuno contains lactose. However, the lactose content is well below that considered safe in most lactose intolerant people by the British Dietetic Association (BDA) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

    Bimuno levels of lactose compared to official definitions of low lactose:

    Product (Single Dose/g)

    Lactose content (Grams)

    EFSA Guidelines¹

    BDA Guidance²

    Bimuno® DAILY




    Bimuno® IBAID




    Bimuno® TRAVELAID







  • Is Bimuno suitable for vegetarians?

    Bimuno® DAILY is suitable for vegetarians.
    Neither Bimuno® IBAID nor Bimuno® TRAVELAID are suitable for vegetarians as they contain bovine gelatine.

  • Is Bimuno suitable for vegans?

    No, Bimuno is not suitable for vegans as it contains lactose.

  • Is Bimuno suitable for Kosher and Halal diets?

    No, Bimuno is not suitable for Kosher & Halal diets.

  • Is Bimuno gluten free?

    Yes, Bimuno is gluten free.

  • Does Bimuno contain artificial colours or flavourings?

    Bimuno is free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives.

  • Can I recommend Bimuno for digestive health maintenance in Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) sufferers?

    Bimuno is not a medicine and is not indicated for prevention or treatment of medical conditions or their symptoms.

    However, Bimuno is safe for patients suffering from IBS. In fact, Bimuno’s unique action and superior efficacy profile has demonstrated effectiveness in enhancing bifidobacterial levels and helping maintain gut health in IBS sufferers. There are also a number of Bimuno scientific studies demonstrating a significant increase in the beneficial bacteria, bifidobacteria, which are normally found in reduced numbers in IBS sufferers.

    Due to the condition itself, your patients may find they have more sensitive digestion and so should either take the full dose of Bimuno® IBAID (i.e. 2 pastilles) or half a sachet of Bimuno® DAILY.

  • Can my patients take Bimuno if they are on a low FODMAP diet?
Prebiotic facts
  • What is the difference between probiotics and prebiotics?

    Probiotics are beneficial live bacteria which when taken in adequate quantities can confer a health benefit. Probiotics are susceptible to heat and acidity and therefore may not reach the gut alive.

    Prebiotics are non-digestible carbohydrates that act as food for the gut’s probiotic (beneficial) bacteria. Prebiotics are not affected by heat and acidity and therefore reach the colon intact, where they exert a positive effect on the resident beneficial probiotic bacteria so as to confer a health benefit.

  • What are the benefits of prebiotics over probiotics?

    As probiotic supplements and foods contain live bacteria, they need to survive the passage through the upper gastrointestinal tract, the acidity of the stomach, secretions of the small intestine and then compete with existing bacteria for colonisation sites in the large intestine (colon). Not all commercially available probiotics can survive this journey in sufficient numbers to make an impact.

    Prebiotics are ‘non-digestible’. This means that they reach the large intestine where they exert a beneficial effect on the resident beneficial probiotic bacteria so as to confer a health benefit.

  • How many different types of Prebiotics are there?

    Prebiotics fall into 3 categories. Fructooligosaccharides, inulin, and galactooligosaccharides are universally agreed-upon prebiotics.

    Prebiotics are selective at the genus level. In other words, they are fermented at the family group level (e.g by bifidobacteria or lactobacillus) and produce a prebiotic effect (increase the number and activity of the beneficial bacteria) or bifidogenic effect (increase the number and strength of the bifidobacteria).

  • How does Bimuno differ from other prebiotics?

    Bimuno is supported by over 20 pieces of research conducted at the University of Reading and other globally recognised research institutes. 

    Bimuno acts via a triple mode of action in the gut. It has been proven to:

    1. Positively rebalance gut microbiota by selectively promoting health-promoting bacteria (bifidobacteria)
    2. Prevent adhesion of bacterial pathogens, thereby helping protect against infections
    3. Help combat chronic inflammation via its action with the immune system.

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