Probiotics for Digestive Health

Found in fermented foods like yogurt or in supplement form, probiotics aid in digestion and help fight infections.

Medically reviewed by Christine Wilmsen Craig, MD
You may be hearing and seeing more about probiotics these days, but these “friendly” bacteria are nothing new. Indeed, the word probiotic is of Greek origin and means “for life.” “Almost every culture has a fermented food that contains probiotics,” says Donald Novey, MD, an integrative medicine physician with the Advocate Medical Group in Park Ridge, Ill. Products like yogurt, miso (fermented soybean paste), and some juices and soy beverages contain probiotics.
Probiotics are available as dietary supplements (in pill, tablet, capsule, or powder form) in health food or vitamin stores. The friendly bacteria may naturally occur in foods and supplements, or they may be added during preparation.
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