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How many probiotics should I take?

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Because there are so many different probiotic organisms, there is no set dosage. Ask your health care provider for advice. Some probiotics are dosed by the number of live organisms they contain. For instance, a typical dosage of Lactobacillus acidophilus ranges between 1 billion to 10 billion live organisms split into three or four doses. Dosage may also be indicated as colony forming units (CFU).

From: Probiotics WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Longe, J., ed. , second edition, 2004. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: “An Introduction to Probiotics.” Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: “Probiotics,” “Lactobacillus,” “Bacillus Coagulans,” “Bifidobacteria,” "Saccharomyces."


The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Natural Standard Patient Monograph: “Lactobacillus acidophilus,” “Lactobacillus GG,” “Probiotics.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on July 18, 2017

SOURCES: Longe, J., ed. , second edition, 2004. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: “An Introduction to Probiotics.” Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: “Probiotics,” “Lactobacillus,” “Bacillus Coagulans,” “Bifidobacteria,” "Saccharomyces."


The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Natural Standard Patient Monograph: “Lactobacillus acidophilus,” “Lactobacillus GG,” “Probiotics.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on July 18, 2017

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