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Hi docs, is it true that probiotic capsules are really effective?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 27 years experience
That depends on: specific Probiotics. Tips: 1.Multiple strains are more likely to provide balance than a product w a single strain. 2.You need to have enough of the probiotic to make a difference. It is better to have a product that contains billions vs millions of viable bacteria per gram. 3. Cultures need to be alive to start with. With the exception of Greek or Bulgarian Yogurt and specialized probiotic
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 27 years experience
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yogurts – the average yogurt has mostly dead cultures. Thus, this would be of no help from a probiotic standpoint. 4. You need a product that can withstand the harsh environment of stomach acid. Stomach acid will kill a high percentage of probiotic bacteria. Thus, if it needs to take action further down in the GI tract, a timed released formulation may be most beneficial.
Jun 24, 2014
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
For some indications: Probiotics can help: 1) Diarrhea (gastroenteritis, antibiotic-associated, traveller's, infectious, post-pelvic radiation) 2) Atopic dermatitis 3) Infantile colic 4) Symptoms of IBS (Irritable Bowel) 5) Reduced triglycerides & improved HDL 6) Reduced rates of dental cavities. However, specific probiotic strains may treat or avert some illnesses. (Ref. www.consultant360.com/articles/probiotics)
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