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What are the different types of probiotics?

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Many types of bacteria are classified as probiotics. They all have different benefits, but most come from two groups. Ask your doctor about which might best help you.

  • Lactobacillus may be the most common probiotic. It’s the one you’ll find in yogurt and other fermented foods. Different strains can help with diarrhea and may help with people who can’t digest lactose, the sugar in milk.
  • Bifidobacterium can be found in some dairy products. It may help ease the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and some other conditions.
  • Saccharomyces boulardii is a yeast found in probiotics. It appears to help fight diarrhea and other digestive problems.

From: What Are Probiotics? WebMD Medical Reference

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Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on June 25, 2018

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SOURCES:

Medline Plus: " Saccharomyces boulardii."

American Gastroenterological Association: "Probiotics: What They Are and What They Can Do for You."

Ciorba, M.  , 2012. Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Cleveland Clinic: "Probiotics."

Floch, M.  , Sept. 24, 2014. Pharmaceuticals

Heller, K.  , 2001. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Oral Probiotics."

Neal-McKinney, J.  , Sept. 4, 2012. PlosOne

The Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide: "Health benefits of taking probiotics."

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on June 25, 2018

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