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Why is it important to read the label of probiotics?

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If you choose yogurt or another dairy food for probiotics, look on the label for the phrase "contains live active cultures" or "contains probiotics." Some frozen yogurts have live cultures and some do not.

If you go with a supplement, know that the FDA regulates these products but treats them like foods and not medications. Supplement makers don’t have to show their products are safe or effective to sell them.

How a probiotic works can vary from brand to brand. That's why it's key to get as much info as you can before you buy. On the label, look for:

  • The genus, species, and strain of the probiotic (Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG, for example)
  • The number of organisms that will be alive by the use-by date
  • The dose
  • The company name and contact information

From: The Best Ways to Use Probiotics WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by William Blahd on April 24, 2017
Reviewed by William Blahd on April 24, 2017

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