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A 50-year-old female asked:

Is it good to take a probiotic? heard conflicting advice plus i have ibs among other things. tyvm

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Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Please do not: Think that higher numbers of probiotics are better. It safer to look for mixed probiotics. The refrigerated are generally stronger because they are more alive. Peace and good health. Yes, a probiotic is a good idea.
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Generally yes but...: I don't think the average person needs to take probiotics regularly though I recommend foods with probiotics like sauerkraut and kefir. However, those with IBS and those with imbalanced flora due to antibiotics etc. benefit. There are many types of probiotics and different types work for diff. folks and conditions. See https://draxe.com/probiotics-benefits-foods-supplements/ Many good books too.
Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker commented
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Provided original answer
The Good Gut by Stanford researchers Justin and Erica Sonnenburg is a fine book. Search "books on probiotics" on Amazon to find other good books on this fascinating topic.
Dec 29, 2016

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