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Do probiotics help with lactose intolerance?

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It has not been well demonstrated that probiotics reduce the gas and bloating caused by milk and dairy products in people with lactose intolerance. On the other hand, fermented milk products, such as yogurt and kefir, which contain live organisms (not necessarily "probiotics") have been shown to cause fewer symptoms of lactose intolerance than regular milk containing the same amount of lactose.

More about this is found in the Probiotic Supplements and Kefirs Review >>

Some probiotics have been shown to reduce abdominal pain due to irritable bowel syndrome, as well as functional abdominal pain in children, and colic in infants.

(Also see ConsumerLab.com's Review of Products for Lactose Intolerance — Lactase Enzymes and Lactose-free Milks)


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Ann M9731   May 25, 2016
I have found probiotics with saccaromyces boulardi to help greatly with lactose intolerance.

ConsumerLab.com   May 25, 2016
Thank you for sharing this Ann. You can find products in our latest review which contain Saccharomyces boulardii by looking in the second column of the results table (https://www.consumerlab.com/reviews/_/probiotics/#results), which lists the types of organisms and strains in each product.

Rebecca9730   May 25, 2016
My husband and I were at one time very lactose intolerant - pretty bad bloating and gas. At the advice of a friend, we started adding a small amount of milk to yogurt and slowly increasing the amount of milk until we were able to drink milk without mixing yogurt with it. Since then we have been able to drink milk with no problems.


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This CL Answer initially posted on 5/25/2016. Last updated 8/2/2017.
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