A new article in the Toronto Star by Dr. Elena M. Comelli (read it here) discusses the importance of using specific strains of probiotics to target specific diseases and conditions. She recommends that everyone consume a yogurt containing probiotics every day to maintain good health, but notes that if you are trying to treat a specific bowel illness, use the clinically proven strain that targets the affected region.
Not sure what strain to use? She links to the Clinical Guide to Probiotics by the International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics (view the PDF here). It is intended for health care practitioners, but we think it is also something everyone can use to search for the right probiotic, just make sure you discuss the product with your physician or pharmacist first. This helpful tool is also available as a mobile app for Android and iOS, search for ‘probiotic’ in the Google Play or App Store to download it.
Read more about probiotics in the GI Society’s articles below:
Probiotics for IBS
Probiotics for IBD
Probiotic Treatment for Kids with UC
Seniors and Bacteria
Colic Helped by Probiotics
Probiotics May Provide Relief for IBS Symptoms
Behaviour Linked to Gut Bacteria
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