Probiotics have become popular among people hoping to improve a belly-full of gastrointestinal issues, but new findings may leave you with a sour stomach.
Probiotics contain friendly bacteria, and studies have shown they can aid in digestion, bowel function, boosting immunity and even weight loss.
However, skyrocketing sales often leads to unscrupulous companies trying to cash in. ConsumerLab.com recently tested nineteen probiotic supplements, and nearly a fourth contained only a fraction of the organisms they claimed—as low as sixteen percent of the listed amount.
Probiotics are one of the most expensive dietary supplements, so use caution. Research products carefully, only buy from established brands, or ask your doctor or pharmacist what they recommend. Now that’s advice worth digesting.
Here are some more of my blogs on this topic:
- Probiotics grow in popularity but don’t always deliver on promises
- Many probiotic supplements fall short on listed amounts of helpful organisms
- Probiotics have health benefits in some children
- Probiotics reduce colic in newborns
- New treatment for colic: Probiotics
- Probiotics may ease kids’ belly aches (especially IBS)
- Friendly Bacteria (Probiotics) Help Calm Colicky Babies and May Help Constipated Babies
- Probiotics fight diarrhea that results from antibiotic treatment
- Preventive Probiotics Cut Cold Symptoms in Kids
- Probiotics may be an effective remedy for colds
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