Probiotics: Enthusiasm not supported by evidence

Probiotics are used by millions of people around the world. Sales in the United States alone are expected to grow to more than $6 billion in 2020. Despite their wide reach in the consumer market, scientific data on probiotics’ real benefit have been lacking.As the understanding of the gut microbiome has grown, patients and the physicians who treat them have sought out ways to target that community of microbes as a means for treating any number of conditions, particularly gastrointestinal disorders.“Heath care professionals and patients alike were incredibly enthusiastic about theRead More

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