Can probiotics be taken by someone who is lactose intolerant?

Yes. Lactose intolerance means you don't have the enzymes to breakdown lactose- this means your intestinal bacteria will do it for you, resulting in gas, bloating and diarrhea. There is no contra-indication to consuming probiotics...just don't think it will actually allow you to consume lactose containing products. You will end up with the same symptoms of lactose intolerance.

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Is align probiotic supplements a good substitute for probiotic yogurt if you're lactose intolerant?

The Align. Probiotics are commonly recommended to restore/maintain healthy gut flora. I am not so sure this will help directly with lactose intolerance. Read more...

Hi dr I'd like to ask about kefir and probiotics and if is it allowed in dairy diet for lactose intolerance patient?

Probably. Probiotic usually contains no dairy. The amount of lactose is usually much lower in yogurt such as kefir but I have found that the more liquidy yogurt may not be tolerated by some lactose-intolerant people and thus you will have to find out yourself as to which brand or type of yogurt you can tolerate. Another approach would be taking lactase tab prior to consuming dairy. Read more...

Why do I get a stomach ache when I eat greek yogurt? Does that mean I have lactose intolerance? Can it be because of the live culture and probiotics

It's possible. Call your discuss to discuss this. Or eliminate all dairies &see what happens but remember that you will need something to substitute it so you get enough calcium. Read more...