Advertisement

If I want to take a probiotic supplement, what type should I use?

Ask your doctor if taking a probiotic supplement is right for you and, if so, what type would be best. Probiotics, sometimes called "good bacteria," are microorganisms similar to or the same as those found naturally in your digestive tract. Some research shows they can be helpful in relieving symptoms in people who have irritable bowel syndrome and other gastrointestinal ailments, and researchers are exploring other potential benefits as well.

Probiotics are available in some foods (notably yogurt) as well as in supplements in pill, capsule, and powder forms. Research into the safety of taking probiotics, especially long term, is ongoing. In addition to asking your doctor for advice on choosing a probiotic supplement, you may want to consider these other expert tips on choosing dietary supplements:
  • Look for a product from a well-known manufacturer whose address, e-mail, and/or phone number are on the label in case you have questions or concerns.
  • Avoid products whose labels carry phrases such as "miracle cure," "medical breakthrough" or other broad, unsubstantiated claims.
  • Do not substitute a dietary supplement for more conventional, proven treatment.

Continue Learning about Dietary Supplements

News: More Than 700 Supplements Tainted With Prescription Drugs
News: More Than 700 Supplements Tainted With Prescription Drugs
Half of all US adults take dietary supplements, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, believing these pills, powders and drinks...
Read More
What forms of barley are commonly available?
Michael T. Murray, NDMichael T. Murray, ND
The forms of barley available in the modern market include hulled barley, pearl barley (an intensely...
More Answers
What is ice cream?
Michael T. Murray, NDMichael T. Murray, ND
Ice cream is a frozen food made from a mixture of milk, cream, and nonfat milk combined with sweeten...
More Answers
How Do I Know If I Need a Supplement?
How Do I Know If I Need a Supplement?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.