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Probiotic Associated With Lower Rates of Antibiotic-Related Diarrhea

People being treated with antibiotics often report increased incidences of antibiotic-associated diarrhea. A recent study suggests that drinking a probiotic drink that contains Lactobacillus casei Shirota may dramatically reduce diarrhea in individuals taking antibiotics.

Participants in the study included 164 patients who were given either the probiotic drink or a control drink once daily during their antibiotic treatment and then for the following seven days once treatment was completed.

At the conclusion of the study, 54.9% of the patients who did not consume the probiotic had antibiotic-associated diarrhea. In comparison, only 17.1% of the probiotic group developed diarrhea.

Researchers from Stoke Mandevelle Hospital in the UK conducted the study. It was published online ahead of print on September 18, 2013, in the British Journal of Nutrition.

Previous studies have found a correlation between Lactobacillus casei and lower feelings of anxiety, better gum health, and higher immune function.

If you’re looking to add more of this probiotic strain to your diet, it can be found in dairy products, with particularly high levels in yogurt. If you are sensitive to dairy or just don’t like it, consider a high quality supplement that is packaged with protection from air and light.

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