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Are probiotics right for me?

Are probiotics right for me?

Looking for a healthy afternoon snack that provides crucial health benefits? Look no further than the yogurt aisle. Lactobacillus acidophilus is the most common lactic acid bacteria in your intestine - and, in yogurt with live cultures, the most popular probiotic bacteria on the market.

Probiotics, also available in yeast or in supplement form, help prevent diarrhea, gas and cramping caused by antibiotics - and can help stave off colds. Probiotics also help prevent infections in the digestive tract, and help control immune response (inflammation), such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

But be cautious: if you are considering probiotic supplements, make sure your doctor is aware of the specific bacteria: for some people with compromised immune systems, taking probiotics may actually increase your chances of getting sick.

Sources: WebMD, MedicineNet.com