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What kinds of probiotics exist?

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There are many types of probiotics. They include lactobacilli (like Lactobacillus acidophilusand Lactobacillus GG), bifidobacteria (like Bifidobacterium bifidus) and some yeasts (like Saccharomyces boulardii). Different probiotics have different effects. So, while one may help treat diarrhea or a vaginal infection, another may have no effect. Before you start taking a probiotic supplement, talk to your health care provider to make sure that you get the treatment most likely to help.

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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