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Probiotics are bacteria or yeast that may have beneficial effects by enhancing digestion and immune function. They do this by competing with pathogenic microorganisms for binding sites on mucosal surfaces, and by producing chemicals that inactivate or kill pathogens. }}
|Article||Probiotics for the Prevention of Childhood Eczema , Natural Medicine , 2011 May |
Foods that contain probiotics include:
Probiotics have been found to be useful in treating/preventing the following:
|Article||Probiotics in Functional Bowel Disorders, 2011 June Natural Medicine |
- Antibiotic-induced diarrhea
- Crohn's disease
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Ulcerative colitis
|Article||Can probiotics impact the development of allergy in infants?, IHP, June/July 2008|
- Cystic fibrosis
- Dental caries
- Liver transplant
- Necrotizing enterocolitis
|Article||Strain- specfic probiotics: Differentiating probiotic prescriptions based on clinical presentation Part II, IHP, September 2008|
The recommended dosages have not yet been established. To determine what your specific requirements are, talk to your naturopathic doctor or other trained medical professional.
Probiotics are generally considered safe. Side effects are rare, but specific safety precautions include:
|Article||Ensuring Probiotic Quality, NMJ, , 2012 January|
- People with milk protein allergy may experience allergic reactions to probiotics grown on milk protein.
- Probiotic-induced bactermia or fungemia can result from compromised immune function, a damaged gastrointestinal barrier, the presence of an indwelling central venous catheter, severe underlying disease, prior surgical interventions, prior prolonged hospitalization, administration of multiple antibiotics, and prolonged treatment with probiotics or use of excessive dosages.
- Gaby, AR (2011) Nutritional Medicine. Fritz Perlberg Publishing.