Why is Bifidobacterium used?

Bifidobacterium is a supplement that may be used to help calm the alternating bouts of constipation and diarrhea in people who have irritable bowel syndrome or ulcerative colitis. It may also be helpful in restoring a balance of bacteria in the intestines of people who have taken antibiotics. It is used by some people who have problems digesting milk and foods containing milk. Bifidobacterium may be used to help stop diarrhea in babies and travelers. It is also thought to be helpful for people who have radiation sickness, children who have skin conditions and possibly for prevention of kidney stones.

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Dietary Supplements

Whether you're visiting the drug store, grocery or natural food shop you'll likely find an aisle where there are jars and bottles of things for you to put in your body that are neither foods nor medicines. Ranging from vitamins an...

d minerals to fiber and herbal remedies, these supplements are not regulated in the same way as either food or medicine. Some of them are backed by solid research, others are folk remedies or proprietary cures. If your diet does not include enough of certain vitamins or minerals, a supplement may be a good idea. Natural treatment for conditions like constipation may be effective. But because these substances are unregulated, it is always a good idea to educate yourself about the products and to use common sense when taking them. This is even more true if you are pregnant or taking a medicine that may be affected by supplements.

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