Frequently Asked Questions

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1. What are probiotics?

Probiotics are a set of beneficial microorganisms that help you metabolize the food you eat and have significantly positive impact on your overall gut health. Consuming foods or supplements rich in these probiotics will aid in restoring and maintaining a healthy gut in the long run.
Scientifically, probiotics are live beneficial microorganisms that, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit. The benefit is conferred by improving your immune; aiding in digestion and absorption; keeping harmful microorganisms away; and much more. Additionally, some specific blend of probiotics may help reduce symptoms of certain diseases, like constipation, IBD etc.

2. What are prebiotics?

Prebiotics are a special form of dietary fibres that act as fertilizers for the probiotics in your gut. They also improve mineral absorption and help regulate energy balance of your body. There are a lot of foods that are naturally rich in such prebiotics [Ex. Oats] and there are also extracts of specific prebiotic components that can consumed as supplements.

3. What are synbiotics?

A synbiotic is a blend of probiotics and prebiotics, where in the prebiotics complements the growth of probiotics that are present within the supplement. Together, they act in sync to give you the maximum benefit with respect to your gut health.
RychBiome is a synbiotic supplement containing blend of 7 species of probiotics and 1 prebiotic.

4. Is the synbiotic in powder or capsule form?

RychBiome Indus is in capsule form, with each capsule containing 50 Billion CFUs and a total of 60 Capsules in one bottle.

5. Are probiotics still alive if they are dried?

As highlighted above, probiotics are live beneficial microorganisms that, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit. If bacteria are dried and stabilized properly - like RychBiome Indus, they remain alive but dormant. Once they pass your stomach and reach certain areas of your intestine, they start to grow again, and start beneficially impacting your health.

6. What is the dose and frequency of the synbiotic?

We recommend 2 capsules per day [50 billion CFUs each], one after lunch and one after dinner, to be taken for 4 weeks [1 month]. A single bottle, containing 60 capsules, would suffice for this regime. However, this should be altered according to your current health status or if you have any specific disease condition. Please consult a physician or a nutritionist for your objectives.

7. Is daily consumption necessary?

Yes. It is recommended to consume a daily dose of synbiotic to have the maximum benefit. Most published human studies involving probiotics have used daily consumption and is typically what is recommended.

8. How safe is the synbiotic?

All RychBiome products and formulations have been developed with great care following global standards. We have strictly followed GMP and FSSAI manufacturing and safety guidelines. Further the RychBiome Indus is 100% natural and GMO free. Overall, the safety should of the product should be least of your worries.

9. Do I need a prescription or consult a doctor to take this synbiotic?

If you are generally healthy, and do not experience any symptoms of gut, then you do not need a prescription or consult. But if you have any persisting medical condition or gut symptom, then please consult a doctor before ordering or taking the synbiotics.

10. Can I take the synbiotic while I’m on antibiotics?

Yes. You can!!
It will help you to cope with antibiotic-associated symptoms like diarrhoea and others. Please make sure you take this synbiotic at least 4-5 hours before the antibiotics and continue taking the synbiotic for 2-4 weeks after the antibiotic course is complete. This would help you greatly in restoring and maintaining the gut health.

11. Will it have any side effects?

The probiotics species and the prebiotic component of the Indus has GRAS [Generally Recognized as Safe] status. This classification is given to products that are composed of ingredients that are natural or have been safely used for many years. It should not have any major side effects or any kind of extreme discomfort. If it does, please stop taking them and consult a physician if necessary. Also, probiotics may cause serious side effects for people with certain serious illnesses or a weakened immune system. So, please consult a physician before taking the synbiotic.

12. Is it safe for me to take probiotics if I am pregnant?

Yes. As far as it is prescribed by your physician.
Pregnant women often have digestive problems. Hence, consuming probiotics regularly is generally recommended to be a safe and effective measure that prevent minor digestive issues and promote overall wellness. Further, immunity benefits of consuming probiotics during pregnancy, for both mother and baby, has been gaining a lot of importance.

13. Is this suitable for babies and young children?

Yes. However, please do so after consulting a paediatrician.
Probiotics can be consumed at all ages as part of a well-balanced diet. Including probiotics to a child’s diet can help in improving gut health and their immune system. Also, probiotics can be incredibly helpful for kids on antibiotics, as probiotics can prevent antibiotics severely disturbing the balance of the gut microbiota. Assuming your paediatrician has said it’s ok, it is suitable for children too.

14. Is refrigeration required for this product?

No. RychBiome Indus is a shelf stable synbiotic. It does not require refrigeration. Please store it in a cool dry place and away from sunlight and it should be best for up to 18 months from the date of manufacturing.

15. How can I get a discount?

We also provide discounts based on the kind of package your chose, volume and for certain individual cases. Please send your inquiries to

1. What is human microbiome?

‘Microbiome’ refers to the entire habitat of the microorganisms (bacteria, archaea, lower eukaryotes, and viruses), their genomes, and the surrounding environmental conditions [Ex. human gut]. This definition is based on that of biome, the biotic and abiotic factors of given environments.

2. What is human microbiota?

The term ‘Microbiota’ is defined as the entire community of microorganisms present in a defined environment [such as human gut or skin]. Human body hosts a huge number of microbes of many different kinds (Bacteria, Fungi etc.), in & on many different organs (gut, oral, skin etc.). This complete collection of microbes constitutes the human microbiota. For example, the entire collection of microbes within gut is called gut microbiota.

3. What is metagenome?

Just like we carry genes and genomes in our cells, each of the microorganism also has their own genes and genomes. The complete collection of microbial genomes constitutes the metagenome. Specifically, the complete collection of microbial genomes within a gut [stool] sample becomes the gut metagenome.

4. Where does our microbiota come from?

The establishment [later composition and abundance] of the human microbiota is not random. The establishment begins from womb, type of birth (vaginal or caesarean), mother's breast milk, diet and nutrition during growth and adulthood. Lifestyle habits (exercise, smoking, etc.) and various other environmental factors also significantly influence and shape the composition of one's microbiota.
Read this great blog post in our blogs section.

5. How big is the microbiota?

Its HUGE! Like more than number of cells in your own body !!
Usually, an adult human gut microbiota consists anywhere from 800 to 2000 different types (species) of microorganisms spanning across 5 different phylum viz., bacteria, archaea, fungi, virus and Eukaryota (protozoa and Metazoa). Each of these (800 to 2000 different) species have millions of copies of them, with current estimates indicating that the human gut is occupied with approximately 100 trillion cells of different microorganisms, happily living within us.
Read this great blog post in our blogs section.

6. Is everyone’s microbiota the same?

No, they are not the same, it differs from person to person. Though the microbiota carries out many similar functions, but the jobs are not necessarily done by the same microbial species in each person. Also, the species carrying out the various functions in any given individual may change [in quantity] over age, diet, differs based on the sex of the individual, habits ecological niche etc.

7. Does this mean I am unique with respect to the microbiota?

Yes. There is a quite a bit of variation from one person to the next, depending on all the factors mentioned above. But one’s own microbiota gets stable over time, so does its functional capabilities and impacts on our health.

8. There are so many microbes in and on our body !!, are they not bad for us?

Most of these microbes are either benign or mostly beneficial, and rarely gets detrimental to our health, either singularly or in combination. So, we have a bunch of friendly and non-friendly microorganisms within/on us, since thousands of years (as species) and from our birth (as individuals). This is specifically true with respect to our guts, where these microorganisms have thrived as an entire ecosystem with continuous availability of nutrition.
Watch this great blog post in our blogs section.

9. Why are they here?

Due to their symbiotic [beneficial] and/or parasitic [non-beneficial] nature, these microbes play a significant role in many fundamental life processes. The function and impact of the microbiota varies from place to place and many of its functions have not yet been completely elucidated. Like for example, bacteria in the mouth and gut helps in digesting complex carbohydrates & lipids we ingest and keeps immune system in check. It has emerged as a virtual metabolic organ, given its impact on a large spectrum of digestion and metabolism of the food that we consume. Its ability to establish an axis with several extraintestinal organs, such as kidneys, liver, cardiovascular, the bone system and the brain, has gained a lot of traction in the recent past.
Watch this great blog post in our blogs section.

10. Is our microbiota dependent on our genetics?

Yes, microbes sense and interact with specific receptors [antenna of sorts] that are secreted by our cells, which they use as “cues to decide” where to grow. Thus, there is a role for human genetics in the eventual structure of the microbiota. The exact mechanisms that govern these selection processes are also under active study, but they certainly include a great deal of communication, as well as physical cues like temperature and moisture levels [which is also driven by our genetics]

11. Can the microbiota change based on our environment?

The gut microbiota [composition, abundance, and diversity] may vary depending on the geography (Indian, Asian, American etc.), gender, culture and demographics, genetics (of your own and that of the race), diet, and many environmental factors. Hence, the gut microbiota of every individual follows certain larger patterns. These types and their abundances are not static, and it changes with age, geography, culture, and most importantly diet, and any shift in the above categories, can lead to a shift in the type and abundance of microbiota.

12. What is the significance of gut microbiome?

The gut is the best studied site of all the human microbiomes, and it contains the largest, densest, and most diverse microbial community in the human body. The gut microbiome acts as a highly efficient bioreactor, helping to extract energy and nutrients from the food we eat. Compounds that humans cannot digest on their own can be broken down by microbes. The gut microbiome has complex effects on human health and changes in its composition have been linked to several diseases including inflammatory bowel disease, Clostridium difficile infections, autoimmune disorders, and even diabetes and obesity. There are intriguing indications that the gut microbiome may affect sleep patterns, mood, and other behaviours. Hence, the impact of microbiome on out health and wellbeing is big!!

13. Is gut microbiome the only known microbiome to be associated with diseases and health?

No!! The microbiomes of the mouth, skin, vagina, and lungs are also altered in various other health conditions like dental caries, acne, urinary tract infections and respiratory infections, respectively. The microbes in these body sites are not simply passive bystanders but are playing active roles in the dynamic balance between health and disease.

14. Since this is so important, how to take care of my microbial partners?

The good thing about our microbiota, especially the gut microbiota, is that it can be manipulated (in composition, abundance, and diversity) and make them work for us, improving our physiological functions, immune system, and metabolic regulation. Such manipulation is currently achieved through:

  • Dietary manipulations (which in turn is a function of microbial composition).
  • Probiotic supplementation - either naturally as food or as cultured supplementation.
  • Prebiotics supplementation - which dietary substances that selectively promote proliferation and activity of beneficial bacteria indigenous to the colon. Supplemented either naturally as food or as processed supplementation.
  • As “Synbiotic” - an optimal combination of probiotic species and a set of prebiotics that augment their growth.
  • Faecal Microbiota Transplantations (FMT) - for serious clinical conditions like C.diff infections.

15. So, I can start following a diet or taking a probiotic, and that will help me improve my microbiota?

Personalizing the kind and frequency of the dietary, probiotic, and prebiotic recommendations, should be based on one’s unique gut microbiome. Hence, evaluating (the composition, abundance, and diversity of) the gut microbiome seems to be the first and most promising path forward for achieving optimal health benefits.
Well tolerated set of dietary, probiotic, and prebiotic recommendations, for manipulation of one's gut microbiota is the next big thing in disease management and health care. And to get a well-tolerated recommendations, one needs to test and see what the current status of their microbiome is.
And this is where BugSpeaks® can aid you to make such guided decisions.

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