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Do probiotics that come in different forms, like gum or lozenges, really work?
There is some clinical evidence showing that probiotic gum or lozenges may be beneficial for conditions affecting the mouth or throat, such as gum disease and throat infections. There do not appear to be studies on their effects on gastrointestinal symptoms, as shown with probiotic pills, drinks and powders. You can learn more about probiotic gums and lozenges, plus evidence of other uses of probiotics, and our tests of popular products, in the Probiotic Supplements Review.
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I eat one to two cups of Greek yogurt every day. Do I still need to take a probiotic supplement?
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Once I've taken probiotics for a few months, will the positive bacteria remain in my system, or do I have to keep taking them?
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Is it best to take probiotic supplements with or without food? It seems like everyone has a different recommendation.
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