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What conditions can benefit from probiotics?

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Researchers are studying when and how probiotics might best help. There's more research for some illnesses than others. They might help people with:

  • Diarrhea, especially when it's linked to specific antibiotics.
  • Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
  • Irritable bowel syndrome.

SOURCES:

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: "Probiotics: In Depth."

Cleveland Clinic: "Probiotics."

University of Florida IFAS Extension: "Commonly Asked Questions about Probiotics and the Potential Benefits for Your Health."

Harvard Health Publications: "Health benefits of taking probiotics."

Mayo Clinic: "Do I need to include probiotics and prebiotics in my diet?"

Arthritis Foundation: "The Promise of Probiotics for Arthritis."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 12, 2019

SOURCES:

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: "Probiotics: In Depth."

Cleveland Clinic: "Probiotics."

University of Florida IFAS Extension: "Commonly Asked Questions about Probiotics and the Potential Benefits for Your Health."

Harvard Health Publications: "Health benefits of taking probiotics."

Mayo Clinic: "Do I need to include probiotics and prebiotics in my diet?"

Arthritis Foundation: "The Promise of Probiotics for Arthritis."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 12, 2019

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