Can I take probiotics with coffee?
In this text we will answer the question: “Can I take probiotics with coffee?”, and clarify what might be your main concerns in doing so.
Can I take probiotics with coffee?
Yes, you can take probiotics with coffee, but, under specific circumstances, which would be determined mainly by the temperature of the coffee (cold or hot) and the type of probiotic.
If you want to mix your probiotic with hot coffee, that’s something that I wouldn’t recommend, most probiotics( Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria) may not resist the high temperature (1), and no additional sensorial value would be obtained by just adding probiotics.
Probiotics that might resist the hot temperatures of beverages like coffee are the ones in the form of spores, like Bacillus, spores may resist high temperatures, however, probiotics coated with oligosaccharides may also help probiotics to resist hot beverages (2).
But if you want to add probiotics to a cold coffee, there might be fewer problems. If the survival of probiotics is the main concern, in cold, but not freezing temperatures, probiotics are more likely to survive (3).
How much is “too hot” for probiotics’ survival?
Temperatures above 65-70°C could be enough to damage probiotics like Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium (3), so if you want to add a probiotic to a hot coffee which is normally served between 70-85°C (4), that’s something that can nullify the probiotic efficacy.
Probiotics like Bacillus clausii when sporulated, may resist up to 45°C more than Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium (almost 115°C), making it a likely alternative for hot beverages and that’s why it’s also considered for the elaboration of thermal processing of foods (5-6)
If you want to add probiotics to a hot drink, think about whether it is really necessary, even if it’s a sip of hot coffee to take the probiotic, and it won’t stay in your mouth for too long, better do it with cold or at room temperature water.
Does coffee kill the probiotics?
Coffee doesn´t kill the probiotics, besides if it’s too hot to kill the bacteria, coffee has many bioactive compounds like galactomannan, which can stimulate the growth of probiotic bacteria(7).
Coffee has also proved to increase the growth of Bifidobacterium, a beneficial bacteria in the gut. While coffee can contribute to the growth of some good bacteria, there´s still controversy about the whole benefits of its consumption in health(8).
Does coffee reduce the beneficial effect of probiotics?
Coffee may not reduce the beneficial effects of probiotics, it may boost the beneficial bacteria, but you must be careful, there are some circumstances like gastrointestinal diseases where the consumption of coffee is not recommended, overriding the benefits (8).
If you have gastrointestinal diseases and want to get the improvement that coffee may have with probiotics, consuming prebiotics may have the same effects, which are present in some foods like fruits and vegetables or even as supplements(9), but also health care advice is required.
What’s the best time to take probiotics if I drink coffee?
Actually, the best time for taking probiotics, in general, is not clear, and so is the same if you drink coffee, most of the advice that you may hear is based on biological assumptions, ranging from two to six hours between meals, or even with the empty stomach (10).
So, if you want to take probiotics and coffee, you may do it in the morning, afternoon, or evening, the most important shall be the constancy. Try to take your probiotics at the same time every day, so you make sure that probiotics still constantly reaching your gut.
Is drinking coffee good for your gut?
Yes, there’s evidence that coffee consumption contributes to the growth of beneficial bacteria like Bifidobacterium in the gut, helping to maintain a healthy balance of your gut microbiota (8).
If you are looking for the benefits of drinking coffee for your gut microbiota, it certainly has a lot of bioactive compounds like polysaccharides and polyphenols, that have proven prebiotic effects (11).
Remember that drinking coffee may be good for your gut bacteria, but when there´s another gastrointestinal pathology, like gastritis, coffee would worsen the symptoms (12).
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In this text we answered the question: “Can I take probiotics with coffee? ” and addressed the main concerns that may arise, regarding the consumption of probiotics with coffee, knowing the benefits and circumstances when not to do so.
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