Do Probiotics Actually Work?

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  1. Denton

    Denton Bronze Member Donor Top Poster

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    This topic was covered on 60 Minutes yesterday. Watching the episode is recommended. Note that probiotics are not FDA approved as our system considers them "food". (This is also true for other dietary supplements).

    The coverage is cautionary but does not hide the interest of researchers and medical professionals. Sadly, no mention was made of the lack of efficacy of most probiotic products due to them containing no viable bacteria. Or that many others are unable to transit the stomach and its acid and thus deliver live bacteria to the colon.

    They mention probiotics for dogs. I purchased some Blue Buffalo kibble with probiotics for my dogs. There are separate bits that contain the probiotics, and they look, smell, and taste different from the food itself. My dogs spit them out. And so it goes.

    Do probiotics actually do anything?
     
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    Denton Bronze Member Donor Top Poster

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    BTW, I have decided that this relationship between microbes and our bodies is parasitic in nature. We are the parasites.
     
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    Carl V Bronze Member Donor Top Poster

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    Symbiosis at its finest.
     
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    pillatier Bronze Member

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    I saw that in 60 minutes too. But Indians swear by the benefits of freshly made yogurt (dahi) it is also an Ayurvedic medicine.
     
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    CJ Bronze Member Admin Top Poster

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    Wait what? I've been shoving them up my ass!
     
  6. Mike B

    Mike B Bronze Member Donor Top Poster

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    There ya go! You're not supposed to swallow those capsules, just shove 'em up your ass! Or dissolve in water and enjoy an enema!
     
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    Mike B Bronze Member Donor Top Poster

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    I chuckled, reminded of old joke;

    Man complains of pain during elimination and Doc gives him suppositories. Man calls doctor the next day and tells him they did no good at all, still lots of pain and for all the good they were he could have just shoved them up his ass.
     
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    The whole "supplement industry" is suspect in my mind...
     
  10. pillatier

    pillatier Bronze Member

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    Dietary supplements are not regulated like drugs, i.e. does not have to go through formal approval process not even like OTC medicines. There have been studies that show high degree of variation in quality often the product does not contain the quantities stated on the label. Some supplement manufacturers voluntarily get their product certified by the USP (United States Pharmacopoeia). These products carry USP certified logo on their label. One such company is Nature Made I trust their product quality.

    By the way, USP is a Federally sanctioned drug standard setting body independent of FDA. USP predates FDA.
    FDA 101: Dietary Supplements
     
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    DYohn Bronze Member Donor Top Poster

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    I experimented with probiotics and active cuoltured products and it only gave me diarrhea. YMMV.
     

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