Probiotics May Reduce Antibiotic Prescriptions for Children

We often hear probiotics criticized that they “don’t do anything for healthy people.” This admonition ignores data, which I’ve disputed (see past post). And a new, open-access meta-analysis suggests another possible benefit of probiotics for healthy people: probiotic administration is … Continue reading

Dead bacteria – despite potential for benefit – are NOT probiotics

At the 2018 International Scientific Association of Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP) meeting in Singapore, two renowned speakers reported unpublished research documenting the health benefits of dead bacteria. Prof. Hill showed that an inactivated Lactobacillus strain reduced anxious behavior, reduced cortisol … Continue reading

Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001 reduces postpartum depression

A probiotic taken by women during the second and third trimesters and, if breastfeeding, during the first 6 months after childbirth was found to reduce depression and anxiety scores during the postpartum period (Slykerman et al. 2017). The strain of … Continue reading