Are Probiotics Safe?


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Probiotics are used to support or improve a variety of health conditions, but WebMD reports concerns about probiotics being regulated as a food rather than a drug. As of 2014, uncertainty remains as to possible complications probiotics present in children, the elderly and people with poor immune systems.

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Probiotics supplements actually replace or add to natural bacteria already in a person's digestive system. People take probiotics to improve stomach and intestine health and to prevent conditions such as diarrhea, cramping and gas, WebMD indicates. These conditions are often caused by antibiotics. Studies are ongoing as of 2014 about possible probiotic benefits in treating irritable bowel syndrome and colon cancers.

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