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If you had to choose a
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July 1, 2017

By L. Carr, Associate Editor and Featured Columnist

It seems probiotics are everywhere nowadays, from bread
to yogurt, juices, and even chocolate. Since probiotics
supposedly contain are called “friendly” bacteria or
“good” bacteria, what could be wrong with taking a
probiotic supplement or drinking a probiotic yogurt shake?
Plenty, according to medical experts.

Probiotics are “live microorganisms which when
administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit
on the host”, says the World Health Organization. The
immunologist Elie Metchnikoff first “discovered” that
probiotics could be helpful in the early 20th century. Since
then, probiotics have exploded in popularity. There are
many different strains of probiotics and they are available
in supplement form or in functional foods. Probiotics are
different to other forms of bacteria in the gut as they are
said to offer protective benefits.

Fans of probiotics claim these microorganisms offer big
health benefits as they can help to regulate proper gut
function and digestion, prevent obesity and immune
diseases and even cure depression. So should you take a
probiotic supplement?

Are Probiotics Dangerous to Your Health?

Most people think that since these bacteria are friendly and
good, there is no harm in taking a supplement. Experts
disagree, stating that while the diversity of the gut
microbiota is hugely important, probiotics are not
necessarily the answer to the issue. They may even cause
additional problems.

Probiotic supplements are not safe for everyone,
particularly immunosuppressed patients or critically ill

Probiotic supplements, which are fashionable in large part
because they improve gut problemss, actually have also
been linked with causing gut problems and even memory

What Exactly Is In Probiotics, Anyway?

Stop and think that the term probiotic is just as vague as
the term “vitamin”. If you wanted to take a vitamin to
balance a deficiency, you would first have to find out
which vitamin you were deficient in. The same goes for
probiotics – since there are many different strains, the
probiotic you take may or may not be relevant to your
health. You would need to look at studies investigating the
particular strain of bacteria in your probiotic, and then see
if this was demonstrated to affect the outcome of a
particular health condition.

Also, your gut has so many different bacteria from
thousands of different species that taking a single
probiotic supplement is a little like taking a grain of sand
from a beach. In fact, you have more than 100 trillion
microbes in your gut and a typical supplement contains
around 0.1 percent of this amount.

All too often, probiotics is used as a marketing catch-all as
a way to sell products claiming to deliver optimum overall

We looked at recent scientific studies to find out how
probiotics may negatively affect your health so you can
decide whether probiotics are the answer to your
wellbeing issues.

Probiotics Could Be Dangerous For People with Celiac
Disease Because They Contain Traces of Gluten

Since probiotics are said to help regulate and improve
digestion, people with
Celiac disease often take them as
they believe they will help ease their uncomfortable

But a 2015 study from Columbia University Medical Center
shows that over half of the probiotic supplements on sale
in the United States actually contain gluten traces – even
when they are not labeled to suggest this is the case.
Gluten is the protein that causes problems in Celiac
disease. The researchers tested 22 probiotic products that
were labeled gluten free.

Out of the sample, 12 products (54%) contained gluten
traces and four of the supplements had levels that
exceeded the standard considered by the US Food and
Drug Administration to be gluten free.

Probiotics Are Harmful for Patients with Acute

A 2008 study from the University Medical Center Utrecht,
Netherlands shows that probiotics are linked to increased
mortality in people with advanced acute pancreatitis – and
what’s more, they do not actually reduce the risk of
infection as many experts claim they do.

Complications in pancreatitis are believed to be triggered
by overgrowth of bacteria in the small bowel. It has been
suggested that the use of probiotics could protect against
these complications. But the study, which looked at 296
patients with severe acute pancreatitis, showed that many
more people died in the probiotics group than those taking
placebo, and that the rate of infectious complications was
similar in both groups. Researchers said that probiotics
could not be considered a harmless addition to traditional
therapy and that they were not safe for people with acute

Probiotics May Cause Memory Problems

Taking probiotics when you already have a healthy diet
could be much less effective, according to a 2017 study
from UNSW Medicine, and it may even cause memory
problems. Researchers looked at a common probiotic used
for gut health and tested it on rats who were fed a healthy
diet or a diet high in fats and sugars.

They found that probiotics positively improved the bacteria
in the digestive tract and benefited brain function in rats
that ate the unhealthy diet. But in the rats that ate a
healthy diet, probiotics did not impact on digestive health
and actually caused impairments in recognition memory.
For healthy eaters, a probiotic supplement may not be the
best course of action to take, researchers said.

Probiotics May Not Actually Help Protect Against Drug-
Resistant Microbes

It may be false hope to think that probiotics given to
critically ill people can help to prevent the colonization of
drug-resistant microbes. A 2015 study from the
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
showed that probiotics had no benefit compared with
routine medical care. In the study probiotics were given to
70 patients in the ICU twice a day for two weeks, or they
were assigned to routine care alone. While the study does
not show that probiotics are unsafe in these
circumstances, they certainly should not be relied upon to
provide additional preventative care against so-called

Probiotics are Dangerous for the Immunosuppressed

A 2002 study from Western General Hospital in Edinburgh,
Scotland showed that one person who was
immunosuppressed by drugs given to treat Sjögren's
syndrome died after taking probiotics. People who are
immunosuppressed are at risk of developing an infection
that could come from the probiotic itself.

Too Many Probiotics Could Result in Gut Problems

One problem associated with regular probiotic use is the
development of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth
(SIBO). This is particularly a problem among people with
irritable bowel syndrome according to a 2007 study from
Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Sweden.

SIBO is when abnormally large numbers of bacteria are
found in the small intestine. Symptoms include excess
wind, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, and abdominal pain.
It may also result in vitamin deficiencies over time. So
while probiotics may not be harmful bacteria, they could
be dangerous if they end up in the wrong area of the gut.

Probiotics are Not Sufficiently Regulated

Probiotics are sold as dietary supplements and unlike
drugs do not need to get FDA approval before they go on
the shelves. Therefore they do not have to undergo such
vigorous testing.

And there are no standardized effective levels of bacteria.
A 2012 report from the Canadian R&D Center for
Probiotics at Lawson Health Research Institute and
Western University says that a system should be set in
place that will ensure probiotics must pass some minimum
requirements in order to be sold as a probiotic, which
would lead to better trials and more effective supplements.

You Could Get Side Effects from Probiotic Supplement

Probiotics may not automatically make your digestion
better, straightaway. Common side effects that may be
experienced after taking probiotics include gas, bloating,
stomach discomfort, and abdominal pain. While these side
effects usually subside after a few days, they can be
uncomfortable enough to discontinue use.

Probiotics Can Go Bad

Be careful with probiotics as sometimes they have a limited
shelf life and may be ineffective, of possibly harmful, if
they are not taken before their expiration date. Make sure
that you use probiotics properly according to the
instructions and keep them stored in the correct location,
which may be in the fridge.

Probiotics Can Be Used Only with Caution If Your Lady
Is Pregnant and For Infants

As with many supplements and special diets, caution is
recommended for women who are pregnant,
breastfeeding, or giving probiotics to an infant. The
general advice is not to give probiotics to pre-term infants.

In other studies, probiotics appear safe when added to
formula – a 2009 study from the Women's and Children's
Health Research Institute in North Adelaide, Australia
looked at 140 infants and found that this supplementation
was as safe as standard formula and did not affect infant
growth in the seven-month trial. Always check with a
doctor before giving supplements to infants.

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