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how safe are probiotics vs yogurt?

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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Yogurt tastes better: These contain the "good organisms" living symbiotically with you. Certain condition such as use of antibiotics often kill-off too many of these good bugs and leave us more susceptible to illness from other bad bugs. Probiotics basically replace some of the loss of the good bug and hopefully restore the balance. Both are safe, but yogurts taste better? And contain calciums/vitamins. Good luck.

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Is yogurt a cure for diarrhea?

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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
No: May help recover from an infectious or antibiotic associated diarrhea though. Most yohgurts have lots of artificial sweeteners and flavorings which make them of little benefit. Some have actually been chastized by the fda for making unsubstantited claims.
A 26-year-old member asked:

How can probiotics boost the immune system?

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Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 34 years experience
Probiotics: Probiotics are live bacteria, that when present in the gut, leads to some measure of improved health. The intestinal bacterial can be very different from one person to the next. The immune system is continually responding to the gut bacteria and chemicals the blood cells release can influence surrounding immune cells. Immune boosting probiotics are thought to increase release of these chemicals.
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A 34-year-old member asked:

If I take probiotics should they be refrigerated? Or are room temperature supplements okay to take?

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Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Both are fine: Many probiotics are not refrigerated, like culturelle or any of the ones i passed in trader joes recently. But they do just fine, with the appropriate amounts of bifidum, acidophilus, and lactobacillus that you're looking for. Some are refrigerated though, like kefir and activia yogurt.
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A 36-year-old male asked:

Is an apple, a light yogurt a day ok for a diabetic?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Yes: Ok as long as this isn't the only thing you're eating all day.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Is the use of probiotics daily healthy?

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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Should be OK: These contain the "good organisms" living symbiotically with you. Certain condition such as use of antibiotics often kill-off too many of these good bugs and leave us more susceptible to illness from other bad bugs. Probiotics basically replace some of the loss of the good bug and hopefully restore the balance. Need for every day? Maybe not, but can use it, especially yummy yogurts. Good luck.
Dr. Fred Harvey
Dr. Fred Harvey commented
Geriatrics 37 years experience
The problem with Activia is that it takes 3 sugary cups a day for results. Find a good probiotic look on the back label for the name of the organisms. After the name like L. acidophilus there should be a number and/or name designating the actual genetic strain.
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