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Study Exposes Shocking Reality About Probiotics And Gut Health

A new report reveals that despite the worldwide hype, the so-called good bacteria actually don’t do a lot to help improve our gut health —

including helping prevent digestive conditions.

New Study States Probiotics Doesn’t Do Much For Gut Health

For the longest time, probiotics are popular among the health conscious, with past research singing praises about their supposed health benefits to our gut. And there’s a good reason behind this, because the so-called good bacteria is easily available to the public, whether contained in yogurt, probiotic drinks or in capsule forms in pharmaceutical outlets.

With that in mind, however, a new study made by the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) states that these so-called good bacteria actually don’t do a lot when it comes to improving our gut health. To that end, it also doesn’t help much in preventing digestive conditions like Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

"For the majority of the digestive diseases we studied, currently there is not enough evidence to recommend using probiotics," Geoffrey Preidis, a pediatric gastroenterologist at the Texas Medical Center and spokesperson for the AGA, said.

"While our guideline does highlight a few use cases for probiotics, it more importantly underscores that the public's assumptions about the benefits of probiotics are not well-founded," Grace L. Su, a professor of medicine and chief of gastroenterology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, as well as a part of the panel that issued the new guidance, said.

As researchers have learned more about the role of our gut bacteria (or microbiome), probiotics have become more popular because they promise an alternative and relatively easy way of altering our gut health to improve its health.

Unfortunately, the products aren’t regulated like a pharmaceutical drug and consumers are often given misleading information.

"The industry is largely unregulated and marketing of product is often geared directly at consumers without providing direct and consistent proof of effectiveness. This has led to widespread use of probiotics with confusing evidence for clinical efficacy," the new guidelines said.

As such, the researchers suggested that anyone who wants to follow a probiotic regimen should first consult a doctor.

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