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Probiotics May Reduce Incidences of Antibiotic-Associated Diarrhea

Not everyone completes the full treatment cycle of antibiotics, mainly because of diarrhea, a common side-effect of antibiotics. Researchers at the US based nonprofit RAND Corporation have found that probiotics may help prevent antibiotic-associated diarrhea (AAD).

Their findings were published on May 9, 2012, in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

The meta-analysis looked at 63 randomized, controlled trials that tested the effects of probiotics on AAD and included 11,811 participants. The majority of the trials used lactobacillus-based interventions, alone or in combination with other probiotic strains.

The researchers found that probiotic consumption in conjunction with antibiotics was associated with a 42% lower risk of developing diarrhea when compared to not using probiotics. They noted that more research needs to be done to determine which strain of probiotics will have the best results.

Probiotics are most commonly known for improving digestion and gut health, but they have been linked with numerous other health benefits, including weight loss, a stronger immune system, and a reduced risk of chronic disease.

Probiotics can be found naturally in many foods, such as yogurt, milk and sauerkraut. You may also consider taking a high quality supplement but make sure it is packaged to block light, air and moisture which can easily kill probiotics.

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