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A 25-year-old female asked:

do probiotics really help?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Help with what?: Probiotics MAY help. They are usually still alive, if stored properly all the time from production, through shipping, to being on the store shelf. The living microorganisms get weaker and die over time. The problem is that nobody can really tell how much live material was in the package to start, how much is alive when one buys it, how much survives at home, nor how much goes to one's intestine.

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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.
A 38-year-old male asked:

What's the probiotics?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Probiotics: "pro"-biotics put good organisms into your gut (unlike "anti"-biotics which kill bacteria) & include: lactobacillus, acidophilus, bifidobacter, sachromyces boulardes, to name a few. Most are available over-the-counter & need to be taken daily to maintain the probiotic organism population. Benefits include: less gas, regulated bowels, prevent infections, improve digestion, decrease inflammation.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Are probiotics a scam treatment?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
No: They are definitely good medicine in some conditions. Probiotic meds are even used in the hospital for some causes of diarrhea.
A 34-year-old member asked:

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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