There is a lot of attention being paid to altering the gut microbiota to confer health benefits and even prevent obesity. The solution? Take a probiotic. Not so fast – there is a great need for more carefully conducted research on this approach. So far, the research is weak and often flawed. Also are the products living up to their claims? Do they survive the digestive process and are they still viable in the supplement itself? For a previous post on this topic, click HERE.
Bottom Line: It is best to get probiotics from active, live cultures found in yogurts or fermentable foods. Check with your doctor when taking probiotics for antibiotic-associated diarrhea. Some may interfere with the effectiveness of the antibiotic.