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Is it best to take probiotic supplements with or without food? It seems like everyone has a different recommendation.
Some evidence suggests that when you are using a non-enterically coated probiotic, it may be best to take it shortly before or during a meal. For more details, as well as information about using enterically-coated versus non-enterically coated probiotics, see the Probiotic Supplements Review >>
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