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Health Tip: Should You Take Probiotics?

From an October 20th Health Day news item

By Diana Kohnle

(HealthDay News) — Probiotics are micro-organisms designed to help manage digestive health. Manufacturers are now including them in everything from yogurt to granola bars, the American Gastroenterological Association says.

[Probiotics: What They Are and What They Can Do for You]

While studies have shown that probiotics may help people with a host of digestive conditions, their benefit hasn’t been proven in people with severely compromised immune systems, the association says.

On the other hand, probiotics may help treat people with:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
  • Diarrhea caused by infection with a virus, bacteria or parasite.
  • Diarrhea caused by taking antibiotics.

 

HealthDay
 

 

October 23, 2010 - Posted by | Nutrition | , ,

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