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what are the benefits of probiotics?

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Dr. James Cunnar
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Intestinal health: Probiotics help maintain the normal bacterial balance of your intestines. This approach is going to be the next "big" thing in medicine (in my opinion). If you don't have any issues, you probably don't need them, but they won't hurt. If you have irritable bowels, diarrhea, or cramping, trying a medicine like florastor or align can't hurt!

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A 53-year-old member asked:

Whats best problotic pill?

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Dr. William Pawluk
Holistic Medicine 51 years experience
See full answer: There is no simple answer to this question. It depends on the circumstances for which they're being used. It's likely that you will need different probiotics following gastrointestinal infections, with the use of antibiotics, with irritable bowel, leaky gut or inflammatory bowel, etc. See http://www.Klaire.Com/probiotics_cat.Htm for a list of options. A good basic option is iflora, well balanced.
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A 64-year-old male asked:

How effective are probiotics?

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Dr. Hanriet Minasian
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Very: In this era of frequent antibiotic use and poor dietary habits, probiotics help replete the body's natural flora. They help prevent overgrowth of certain bacteria and keep fungal growth also at a healthy level. There have been studies also proving that probiotics contribute to intestinal health and digestion and regularity. But just like everything else, all things should be done in moderation.
Hollister, MO
A 48-year-old female asked:

Are there true benefits from taking probiotics? When and why are they recommended? Exactly what do they do?

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Dr. Patrick Tapia
Psychiatry 13 years experience
Most say yes: There is a lot of evidence connecting probiotics to the health of your body and even the health of your mind. You can find several new articles about this almost daily. The probiotics change the bacteria of your colon and digestive system and this has numerous repercussions for your immune system as well as your bloodstream that handles improved metabolites that result from the changes.
Alma, MI
A 26-year-old female asked:

What are the benefits of taking a probiotic?

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Dr. Sylvie Stacy
Preventive Medicine 10 years experience
Possibly several: Probiotics are "good bacteria" and, while research has not been extensive, there is some evidence that taking probiotics helps to fight infections in the stomach and gut. They may also help with diarrhea and constipation due to certain diseases, as well as improve or prevent allergies. Again, these benefits haven't been proven, so talk to your doctor before taking probiotic pills.
Fullerton, CA
A 60-year-old male asked:

What's the benefit from using probiotics 8?

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Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Pro mean with: and bio means life. Probiotics help the GI system digest food. Anti means against. So, if one takes excessive antibiotics (which are sometimes needed) they can kill off the good bacteria in our GI systems and we can have digestive problems. This can happen w/out antibiotics at times too. So, the probiotics replace the good bacteria that are missing or low. Peace and good health.

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