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Do probiotics actually work? We get the final word from an expert gastroenterologist

04th Feb 2021

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Prof. Barbara Ryan, MD, MSc, FRCPI, is a Consultant Gastroenterologist at Tallaght University Hospital and Clinical Professor of Gastroenterology at Trinity College, Dublin. She gives us the expert opinion on whether probiotics actually improve our gut health.

The gut microbiome (GM) is the name given to the trillions of microorganisms, mainly bacteria, which live in our large intestine. In recent years, the term ‘Gut Health’ has come to mean having a healthy balance of bacteria within your GM. Probiotics such as lactobacillus, acidophilus (a type of lactobacillus), and bifidobacteria are almost household names nowadays, and yet these are only a few of the thousands of different families of bacteria that are found...

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