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Frequently Asked Questions

How do probiotics work?

Probiotics work by helping to re-establish the body's naturally occurring bacteria in the GI tract, also known as gut flora. This task is accomplished by probiotics' ability to reverse imbalances of the types of bacteria in the digestive system.

Are probiotics safe?

Yes. The safety of the bacteria used in the manufacture of probiotic supplements has been confirmed through more than 100 years of scientific research and experience.

Can I consume probiotics naturally from foods?

Yes. When cultured milk-based products are supplemented with probiotics, this ensures the growth of good bacteria in products such as yogurt, cottage cheese, and buttermilk. Fermented vegetables such as sauerkraut and soybeans (miso) are also natural probiotics. Unleavened sourdough breads also create a favorable environment for the development of healthy gut flora.

Do probiotics stimulate the immune system?

It appears so. Researchers are discovering that friendly bacteria not only promote digestive health but may also stimulate a healthy immune system by crowding out harmful bacteria as well as by generating "friendly" signals to our immune system.

Why should I take probiotics?

Probiotics offer a safe and effective way for you to restore the natural balance of your digestive system, especially if you suffer from constipation, diarrhea, abdominal discomfort, urgency, gas or bloating. Studies have demonstrated that probiotics can provide relief for some sufferers from inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's and ulcerative colitis) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Probiotics are also recommended for anyone taking an antibiotic drug in order to normalize and re-populate the gut flora destroyed by the antibiotic. Probiotics are also suggested for reducing the recurrence of vaginal yeast infections and for normalizing high cholesterol levels.