In this section, we’re going to examine six of the most prevalent myths surrounding the use of probiotics. Watch the videos below.
Myth 1: Research conducted on one probiotic strain can be accurately extrapolated to other strains within the same species.
Myth 2: Don’t use probiotics during antibiotic treatment because the antibiotics will kill all the probiotic bacteria
Myth 3: Probiotic supplements are best taken on an empty stomach
Myth 4: A good probiotic strain will permanently colonize after oral ingestion
Myth 5: Infants should only be supplemented with strains of Bifidobacterium infantis or with probiotic supplements that have the word “baby”or “infant” on the label.
Myth 6: Giving probiotics in supplement form is superior to food forms
References from videos:
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