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How to Find and Choose a Probiotic

Choose a Reliable Brand

Some companies have been around for years, and you may know their names. Those that have made probiotics for a while likely have tested and studied them over and over. It's smarter to choose a product from them over one from a maker you don't know. Check a third-party certifier (like ConsumerLab or the USP) to see if they have tested the product and found that it’s safe and reliable. If you're in doubt, ask your doctor.

How to Take a Probiotic

If your doctor has suggested probiotics, follow his instructions. You can take many supplements often during the week. If you stop taking them, the good effects will end within a couple of weeks. If you have questions, it's always a good idea to ask your doctor. Probiotic-rich foods, like yogurt, can become a part of a healthy diet, too.

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Reviewed on July 07, 2015

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