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Why do people take probiotics?

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Probiotics work by balancing the levels of microorganisms in the intestines. They drive down the numbers of harmful bacteria. They also seem to boost the body's immune system.

Although research is ongoing, there's good evidence that some probiotics may be helpful in treating irritable bowel syndrome, some types of diarrhea, ulcerative colitis, acne, and eczema in children. They may also be used with antibiotics to help prevent diarrhea that may come with taking antibiotics.

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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