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Are you thinking of adding probiotics to your diet?  These supplements are one of the latest dietary crazes, and more and more of us are taking them to try to improve gut health.

But now a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine says probiotics can harm some people and it warns that researchers have done a poor job of reporting possible side effects in the nearly 400 clinical trials that were done to assess their value.

In fact, the French study found that one-third of probiotics studies had no information at all on harmful effects.

Your digestive system contains tens of trillions of bacteria, and we’re still learning how these microscopic bugs influence our overall health.

Probiotics are touted as a way to boost  gut health by introducing healthy bacteria into the system. Probiotic supplements contain bacteria, but they also can include other organisms like yeast.

Possible benefits include boosting your immune system, warding off infection and preventing the spread of harmful bacteria. But systemic heart and blood infections have also been linked to probiotics. particularly for people who are sick or have a compromised immune system. Experts also are concerned that probiotics might harm a person’s metabolism, or overstimulate the immune system.

The bottom line: don’t automatically assume probiotics are safe and beneficial for you. Talk to your doctor before starting to take them and remember many doctors say they unnecessary if you eat a healthy diet.

Are you thinking of adding probiotics to your diet?  These supplements are one of the latest dietary crazes, and more and more of us are taking them to try to improve gut health.

But now a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine says probiotics can harm some people and it warns that researchers have done a poor job of reporting possible side effects in the nearly 400 clinical trials that were done to assess their value.

In fact, the French study found that one-third of probiotics studies had no information at all on harmful effects.

Your digestive system contains tens of trillions of bacteria, and we’re still learning how these microscopic bugs influence our overall health.

Probiotics are touted as a way to boost gut health by introducing healthy bacteria into the system. Probiotic supplements contain bacteria, but they also can include other organisms like yeast.

Possible benefits include boosting your immune system, warding off infection and preventing the spread of harmful bacteria. But systemic heart and blood infections have also been linked to probiotics. particularly for people who are sick or have a compromised immune system. Experts also are concerned that probiotics might harm a person’s metabolism, or overstimulate the immune system.

The bottom line: don’t automatically assume probiotics are safe and beneficial for you. Talk to your doctor before starting to take them and remember many doctors say they unnecessary if you eat a healthy diet.

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