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Trying to find the best probiotic supplements? Our tests found that not all products provide all the cells (CFUs) and features they claim, and one was contaminated with Pseudomonas. See our results, comparisons, and Top Picks for popular brands and get the evidence for specific probiotic strains for uses such as IBS, diarrhea, gas, allergies and colds, infections, weight loss and more. Plus, get information about proper storage, safety, side effects, and drug interactions with probiotics.

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1.Are some probiotics dangerous? I've heard that Bacillus subtilis, a soil-based probiotic, can cause infections.
2.Has the probiotic VSL#3 been changed or discontinued? Is Visbiome a good alternative?
3.Do probiotics help prevent urinary tract infections?
4.Are "medical foods" such as VSL 3, proven to work? Does the FDA approve them?
5.When is the best time to take probiotics to prevent diarrhea from antibiotics - before, during, or after the course of antibiotic treatment?
6.Which supplements help reduce the risk of colorectal cancer?
7.Are liquid vitamins better than pills?
8.Do any supplements reduce side of effects of chemotherapy?


Clinical Updates Found:
2019 Caution With Probiotic & Surgery (10/08/2019)
Caution With Probiotic & Surgery
Use of a popular probiotic around the time of abdominal surgery increased the rate of re-admission to the hospital after surgery, according to a recent study. For details, see the What It Does section of the Probiotic Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for probiotics.
 Probiotic for Cold Symptoms and Gas (10/01/2019)
Probiotic for Cold Symptoms and Gas
A study found that a particular probiotic strain reduced symptoms of upper respiratory infections, as well as gas, in children. For details see the Colds and acute respiratory infections section as well as the Bloating, gas, and abdominal pain section of the Probiotic Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for probiotics and kombucha.
 Probiotic for the Urinary Tract? (09/21/2019)
Probiotic for the Urinary Tract?
Does taking a popular double-strain probiotic reduce the level of pathogenic microbes in the urinary tracts of women? See what a recent study found in the section about Vaginal bacterial infections of the Probiotic Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks among probiotics.
 Probiotic to Trim Belly Fat? (09/07/2019)
Probiotic to Trim Belly Fat?
Can a probiotic reduce abdominal fat? See what studies are showing, including the latest surprising results, in the Weight section of the Probiotic Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for probiotic supplements.
 Can Yogurt Reduce Diabetes Risk? (08/29/2019)
Can Yogurt Reduce Diabetes Risk?
Increasing yogurt intake, particularly in place of certain other dairy foods, may decrease the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. For details about this and other effects of yogurt, see the Fermented Dairy Foods section of the Probiotics Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for probiotics.
 Do Probiotics Help With Bone Facture? (08/17/2019)
Do Probiotics Help With Bone Facture?
Can taking a probiotic improve recovery from bone fracture in older people? See what a recent study found in the Bone Density and Fractures section of the Probiotic Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for probiotics.
 Infection from Probiotic (07/06/2019)
Infection from Probiotic
Although rare, be aware that infections have occurred in some people due to the probiotics they have taken. For details about recent cases, see the Concerns and Cautions section of the Probiotic Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks among probiotics.
 Popular Probiotic -- What's In a Name? (06/29/2019)
Popular Probiotic -- What's In a Name?
Does the popular probiotic VSL#3 contain a different formula than used in the clinical studies supporting its benefits? Find out in the What to Consider When Buying section of the Probiotics Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for probiotic supplements.
 Prebiotic for Insulin Sensitivity (06/25/2019)
Prebiotic for Insulin Sensitivity
Does consuming a prebiotic improve insulin sensitivity in overweight people? See what a study recently found in the All About Prebiotics section of the Probiotic Supplements Review.
 Yogurt and Colorectal Cancer (06/22/2019)
Yogurt and Colorectal Cancer
Does regular consumption of yogurt affect the risk of colorectal polyps and colorectal cancer? Find out what studies are showing in the Fermented Dairy Foods section of the Probiotic Supplements Review.
 Probiotic for Anxiety? (05/04/2019)
Probiotic for Anxiety?
A number of studies have evaluated probiotics for reducing anxiety, stress, and depression. See the results of the latest study in the What It Does section of the Probiotic Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks among probiotics.
 Probiotic for Diverticulitis (04/27/2019)
Probiotic for Diverticulitis
Giving a specific probiotic to people hospitalized for acute diverticulitis was found to reduce pain, inflammation, and the duration of their hospital stays. Get the details in the What It Does section of the Probiotic Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for probiotics.
 A Probiotic for Migraine (02/02/2019)
A Probiotic for Migraine
Use of a particular probiotic for several weeks was found to modestly reduce the frequency and severity of migraine headaches. Get the details in the What It Does section of the Probiotic Supplements Review.
2018 Yogurt & High Blood Pressure (11/24/2018)
Yogurt & High Blood Pressure
Higher consumption of yogurt was associated with a lower risk of developing high blood pressure in a recent analysis. Risk was further reduced when yogurt consumption was part of a particular, healthful diet. For details, see the Fermented Dairy Foods section of the Probiotic Supplements Review.
 Probiotic Lowers Eczema Risk in Children (11/16/2018)
Probiotic Lowers Eczema Risk in Children
The risk of eczema in children was reduced by 54% when a specific probiotic was taken by mothers during pregnancy and then by their infants, according to a new study. The probiotic also reduced the incidence of gestational diabetes among the mothers. For details, see the What It Does section of the Probiotic Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Picks for probiotics.)
 Illness From Probiotic (11/13/2018)
Illness From Probiotic
Some people are vulnerable to serious illness related to probiotic use. Get the details of a recently reported case in the Cautions and Concerns section of the Probiotic Supplements Review.
 Lower Risk of Heart Disease with Fermented Dairy Foods (11/06/2018)
Lower Risk of Heart Disease with Fermented Dairy Foods
A study has shown a lower risk of heart disease to be associated with consumption of fermented, rather than non-fermented, dairy foods. However, only a certain type of fermented dairy was associated with the benefit. For details, see the Fermented Dairy section of the Probiotics Review. (Also see our Top Picks among probiotic products.)
 Probiotic for Abdominal Pain (10/02/2018)
Probiotic for Abdominal Pain
A probiotic was found to significantly reduce symptoms in people with acute diarrhea and abdominal pain, adding to the number of probiotics shown to have related effects. For details, see the What It Does section of the Probiotic Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Picks among probiotics).
 When To End Probiotics? (09/09/2018)
When To End Probiotics?
If you take a probiotic when given antibiotics, at what point should you stop taking the probiotic? A new study provides some guidance. For details, see the What It Does section of the Probiotic Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Picks among probiotics.)
 Probiotics for Gum Disease (08/28/2018)
Probiotics for Gum Disease
Can probiotic lozenges improve gum health when used in conjunction with oral cleanings? Find out what studies are showing in the Periodontitis section of the Probiotics Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Picks among probiotic supplements for other uses.)
 Probiotic Concern (08/21/2018)
Probiotic Concern
While probiotics are generally safe, they can cause severe illness in people with certain medical conditions. There have been many case reports, including one published this month. For details see the Concerns and Cautions section of the Probiotic Supplements Review.
 Probiotics & Exercise Performance (07/31/2018)
Probiotics & Exercise Performance
Can taking a daily probiotic improve exercise performance? Find out in the What It Does section of the Probiotic Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Picks for probiotics.)
 Probiotics for Bones (06/23/2018)
Probiotics for Bones
Can taking a daily probiotic help reduce bone loss? Find out what a year-long study showed in the Bone density and fractures section of the Probiotic Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Picks among probiotic supplements.)
 Probiotic for IBS? (06/12/2018)
Probiotic for IBS?
Studies have shown that certain probiotics help relieve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), although this can depend on the type of IBS. The most recent study focused on people with diarrhea-predominant IBS. Get the results in the What It Does section of the Probiotic Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks among probiotics.
 Probiotic Effective for People With Mania (05/30/2018)
Probiotic Effective for People With Mania
A daily probiotic was shown to greatly reduce the risk of rehospitalization for acute mania among people recently hospitalized for this condition. The probiotic contained strains common in products that ConsumerLab has tested and reviewed. For details, see the What It Does section of the Probiotic Supplements Review.


Recent Recalls and Warnings Found:
1.Some Align Probiotics Sold on Amazon Were Fake, Company Warns (08/18/2019)
2.Hill's Science Diet, Prescription Diet Dog Food Recalled Due to Risk of Vitamin D Toxicity (02/05/2019)
3.More Dog Food Recalled Due to Risk of Vitamin D Toxicity (11/27/2018)
4.Dog Food Recalled After Reports of Vitamin D Toxicity (11/06/2018)

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News Releases Found:
2020 Collagen and Magnesium Rise in Popularity, as Fish Oil and Curcumin Dip in Latest ConsumerLab Survey of Supplement Users (02/29/2020)
2019 CBD and Collagen Rise in Popularity, as Probiotics and Coconut Oil Dip in Latest ConsumerLab Survey of Supplement Users (02/24/2019)
2018 Best Probiotic Supplements and Kombuchas? -- ConsumerLab Tests 41 Popular Products, Reveals Problems and Top Picks (05/02/2018)


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