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Science Probes How Probiotic Yogurts Affect Your Gut
Date:10/26/2011

orward, in order to get a better handle on the claims of various products already available in supermarkets."

Justin Sonnenburg, an assistant professor of microbiology and immunology at Stanford University School of Medicine, in California, lauded the study as "interesting, subtle and incredibly well-designed."

"The fact that they found that a probiotic preparation doesn't do incredibly profound things to your existing gut composition, but instead impacts its function, is a theme that is coming up over and over again," he said. "And that is, that it matters less what microbes are actually there, and more what they are actually doing."

Based on this work, it can be said that that consuming a probiotic will likely have some impact on the function of your gut microbial community, he noted. But, "it's still way too preliminary to say whether this means that probiotics are good or bad," he said.

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For more on probiotics, visit the U.S. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

SOURCES: Jeffrey I. Gordon, M.D., biologist and director, Center for Genome Sciences & Systems Biology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Mo.; Justin Sonnenburg, Ph.D., assistant professor, microbiology and immunology, school of medicine, Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.; Oct. 26, 2011, Science Translational Medicine


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