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     All about probiotics

    What are probiotics?  

    Probiotics are good bacteria and yeasts that live naturally in our bodies. Unlike some bad bacteria and yeasts which cause people to fall sick, probiotics keep our body healthy. They help to digest food and can reduce the growth of harmful bacteria in your stomach and intestines.

    What are they used for?  

    Many types of bacteria and yeasts can be considered probiotics and they have different benefits. Scientists are still trying to find out if different probiotics are helpful for different health problems.

    Currently, studies have found that some probiotics may help to:

    • Prevent diarrhoea caused by some types of infections
    • Prevent diarrhoea when you take antibiotics
    • Relieving symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a condition that causes stomach cramps, bloating, constipation or diarrhoea.

    However, more information is still needed to confirm if probiotics are really effective for preventing or treating any health problem.

     Where are probiotics found?  

    • Dairy products such as yoghurt and cultured milk drinks
    • Fermented foods or drinks such as miso, tempeh, kimchi and kombucha
    • Health supplements

    Who Can Take Probiotics?  

    Probiotics appear to be safe for most people, including children and babies. Side effects are rare and can include mild stomach discomfort such as bloating and gas (flatulence).

    However, if you suffer from serious health conditions or have a medical condition that affects your immune system, you should inform your doctor or pharmacist before starting any health supplements.

    How are probiotics stored? 

    Probiotics may or may not have special storage instructions depending on the brand and type of bacteria or yeast in the product. Please consult your doctor or our pharmacist if you have any questions. 

    Updated May 2024

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