Probiotics Supplement Review

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Probiotics
  Evaluated for:
Effectiveness Rating Effectiveness Rating
Diarrhea
+3 (Strong Evidence)
Constipation
+3 (Strong Evidence)
Ulcerative colitis (maintaining remission)
+3 (Strong Evidence)
Allergy to milk and other dairy products
+3 (Strong Evidence)
Sinus inflammation
+3 (Strong Evidence)
Eczema
+3 (Strong Evidence)

PRO

  • Probiotics are derived from a “friendly" strain of bacteria used to make yogurt and cheese. They are thought to crowd out disease-causing bacteria and to help form a protective barrier against infection.
  • Probiotics are used to treat both allergy- and gut-related disease such as eczema, sinusitis, constipation and irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Probiotics also prevent childhood eczema, particularly when given to both the mother (prior to the birth) and infant.
  • Probiotics may reduce the duration of diarrhea and perhaps even prevent it. There is strong evidence of a benefit for using the probiotic Lactobacillus GG for rotavirus infection, which causes a common diarrheal illness in children. Probiotics can also prevent traveler’s diarrhea.
  • Probiotics help control symptoms and maintain remission in ulcerative colitis. They are not appropriate for initiating treatment of active disease.
  • Probiotics do not present any known risk. Most people tolerate them quite well.

CON

  • Probiotics may cause a temporary initial increase in bowel gas.
  • Probiotics may interfere with absorption of other medications, most notably antibiotics and immunosuppresants. Therefore, they should be taken at least 2 hours before or after antibiotics.
  • Because probiotics may boost immune system activity, this may cause a net reduction in the effectiveness of immunosuppressant medications.
  • Because probiotics were associated with an increased risk of mortality in one study, their use is not recommended in patients with pancreatitis.

* *ADVISORY* *
None.

DOSAGE:The recommended dose is 3-5 billion live organisms daily.

CONCLUSION:We conclude that probiotics are a safe and effective product. Remember to include probiotics in your list of medications when you visit your health care provider.

REFERENCES
“Probiotics.” ConsumerLab.com. ConsumerLab.com LLC, 2013. 11 October 2013.
“Probiotics.” Natural Standard –The Authority on Integrative Medicine. Natural Standard, 2013.
“Bacillus Coagulans.” Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database. Therapeutic Research Faculty, 2013. 8 November 2013.


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