Prebiotics are a type of plant fibre that feeds the good bacteria in our gut. Probiotics are foods and supplements that contain live strains of healthy bacteria and yeasts. Both prebiotics and probiotics are essential for gut health and can improve digestive issues like constipation or diarrhoea. Visit Insider’s Health […]
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 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 cannot overdose on probiotics to the point where it causes death. Common side effects of too many probiotics can lead to bloating, gas, and nausea. People at greater risk of dangerous side effects are those with a weakened immune system or serious illness, in which case you should consult […]
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 […]
There is no definitive research that has found probiotics can directly help you lose weight. Commercial probiotics may not be able to survive and thrive in your gut. Foods containing probiotics are part of a healthy, well-balanced diet. This article was reviewed by David S. Seres, MD, Director of Medical […]
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 […]
A 46-year-old man was pulled over for erratic driving and found to have a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit. Still, he insisted he hadn’t been drinking. Doctors later found out he had a rare condition called a uto-brewery syndrome, which is caused by yeast in the […]
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 […]
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