Are Probiotics Unnecessary?
Health advice changes frequently, which can be super-confusing if you’re trying to do the right thing. (Remember when eggs were bad and margarine was good? Yeah, us too.) Last spring, a widely publicized review cast some doubt on the value of taking probiotics. At least that’s how it got covered in the media., The real story is more nuanced.
The review was led by Dr. Saman Khalesi of Central Queensland University in Australia and published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. It provided a comprehensive look at the results of 45 studies of probiotic use by healthy adults published between 1990 and 2017. The researchers considered how taking a probiotic changed the overall balance of bacteria in the body and looked for potential health benefits too.
The only catch is that the improvements are “transient,” meaning they only last as long as you take the probiotic.
Gut bacteria are delicate flowers. The study notes they’re “sensitive to multiple factors, such as lifestyle, aging, and disease.” Changes in diet, as well as alcohol consumption, can upset the ratio of beneficial to harmful bacteria in your system. Plus, as you age, your population of gut bacteria changes. That’s why proactive steps to maintain a good bacterial balance—like taking a probiotic supplement—are so crucial to your health.
Probiotics are not all the same; different strains have different benefits. To get an idea of which probiotic is right for you, take a look at this list of some of the most-studied strains:
Flora offers a wide array of refrigerated and shelf-stable probiotics—11 in all—with strains tailored for people of every age, from our Toddler’s Probiotic to our Advanced Adult’s Probiotic. We also make customized blends for specific times in your life, such as Pregnancy Care Probiotic and Travel Care Probiotic.
Probiotics work, but only if you make them a regular habit. Just like eating right and exercising.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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