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What are probiotics?

Probiotics are live microorganisms that, when offered in adequate amounts, provide health benefits. Yogurt with live cultures has Lactobacilli and bifidobacteria that have probiotics. Other fermented dairy and some nondairy foods also have these cultures.

Research suggests probiotic cultures may help keep your immune system healthy and help maintain the "good" bacteria in your intestine.

The millions of bacteria in your body play a critical role in your health. In this Treadmill Talk, Sharecare expert Dr. Michael Roizen, chief wellness officer for Cleveland Clinic, explains why taking probiotic supplements is smart.

Mrs. Marjorie Nolan Cohn
Nutrition & Dietetics Specialist

Probiotics are bacteria that help maintain the natural balance of your digestive system. Binge eating can upset the balance of your body’s good bacteria and can lead to infections. Take the probiotic as recommended with food. Different brands and types of probiotics vary in dosage and number of capsules or pills.

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