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Probiotics could help with mental health, but experts say you shouldn’t rush to stock up on yogurt and supplements

New research suggests probiotics – food or supplements containing beneficial microbes – might help improve mental health, reducing depression and anxiety. Previously, probiotics have been touted to boost everything from weight loss to athletic performance to general health, and companies often market products based on these claims. Experts say that […]
Probiotics could help with mental health, but experts say you shouldn’t rush to stock up on yogurt and supplements
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You can take probiotics when pregnant. Science-backed benefits are few

Probiotics are safe to take throughout pregnancy, but there’s not enough evidence to suggest they will benefit most pregnancies. Probiotic supplements should be third-party tested by an FDA-certified organisation like ConsumerLab.com, Labdoor, NSF International, or US Pharmacopeia. The strongest evidence for probiotic benefits during pregnancy is in women who are […]
You can take probiotics when pregnant. Science-backed benefits are few
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How often should you take probiotics? What researchers know so far

There’s no daily recommended dose of probiotics because researchers are still studying which strains of probiotics help and how much you need. Many over-the-counter probiotic products contain a range of 1 to 10 billion colony forming units (CFUs). The World Health Organisation says some products are effective at levels below […]
How often should you take probiotics? What researchers know so far
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What probiotic should you take when on antibiotics or have GI issues

Unless you have recently taken antibiotics or encountered foreign bacteria by visiting another country, you may not need to supplement your diet with more probiotics. Probiotic foods such as yogurt are usually a better choice than probiotic supplements, as the FDA does not regulate the supplement market. If you have […]
What probiotic should you take when on antibiotics or have GI issues
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A first-of-its-kind probiotic aims to combat hangover symptoms. It works by breaking down a dangerous byproduct of booze.

A genetic engineering startup is launching a probiotic to combat the aftereffects of drinking alcohol. Called ZBiotics, it’s designed to be consumed before a night of drinking to help break down acetaldehyde, a by-product of metabolizing alcohol associating with many side effects of drinking. ZBiotics founder and microbiologist Zach Abbott […]
A first-of-its-kind probiotic aims to combat hangover symptoms. It works by breaking down a dangerous byproduct of booze.