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Why should you talk to your doctor before you try a probiotic?

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The FDA doesn't check probiotics for safety or health claims made by their makers.

So use caution if you have a serious health condition or your immune system -- your body's defense against germs -- is weak. In those cases, it's best to check with your doctor first to see if they're safe.

Also talk to your doctor before giving probiotics to your infant, especially if he's sick.

SOURCES:

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: "Probiotics: In-Depth," "Using Dietary Supplements Wisely," "5 Things to Know About Probiotics."

International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics: "Probiotics," "Deciphering a Probiotic Label."

American Family Physician : "Probiotics."

PubMed: "Diet and chronic constipation. Benefits of oral supplementation with symbiotic zir fos (Bifidobacterium longum W11 + FOS Actilight)."

World Health Organization with Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations: "Guidelines for the Evaluation of Probiotics in Food."

Food and Nutrition : "What to Look for When Selecting the Right Probiotic."

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on June 25, 2018

SOURCES:

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: "Probiotics: In-Depth," "Using Dietary Supplements Wisely," "5 Things to Know About Probiotics."

International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics: "Probiotics," "Deciphering a Probiotic Label."

American Family Physician : "Probiotics."

PubMed: "Diet and chronic constipation. Benefits of oral supplementation with symbiotic zir fos (Bifidobacterium longum W11 + FOS Actilight)."

World Health Organization with Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations: "Guidelines for the Evaluation of Probiotics in Food."

Food and Nutrition : "What to Look for When Selecting the Right Probiotic."

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on June 25, 2018

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