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Common Immune Health, Probiotic Myths

The explanation for probiotics’ abilities to help protect the body from invaders and other issues is inherently flawed because it’s incomplete.

Given the considerable body of research linking probiotics to digestive health, and digestive health to immune health, exploring probiotics as a viable solution for certain autoimmune issues simply makes sense. Arguably, modern research has only scratched the surface when it comes to the relationship between probiotics and the human body. As the health and wellness community continues to explore the viability of probiotics for immune applications, some hurdles have to be jumped.

As dietary ingredients, probiotics do not cure inflammatory damage accumulated over a number of years. However, some encouraging data exists supporting the claim that probiotics may be able to help people looking to slow the development of certain conditions with inflammatory symptoms during their early stages.

While probiotics continue to maintain their long-standing track record for helping those who suffer from inflammatory conditions, the same can’t be said for the abilities of probiotics to aid those who suffer from allergies.

One of the most common misconceptions concerning probiotic bacteria, especially among consumers, is that all strains are created equal. This notion couldn’t be further from the truth.

Learn more about common misconceptions regarding probiotics and immune health in the article “Potentially Limiting Factors for the Use of Probiotics in Immune Health Applications" in INSIDER’s Immune Health Digital Magazine.

Looking for more on the probiotics supplement market, including new market trend data and a U.S. regulatory update? Join us for the Tapping the Growing Probiotics Supplement Market workshop on Saturday, Oct. 8, at SupplySide West 2016.

Melissa DellaBartolomea is a content marketing specialist for NutraScience Labs, a Farmingdale, New York-based provider of dietary supplement manufacturing services. She is an avid reader, writer and researcher.

Jonathan Bechtel has been the owner of Health Kismet, a nutrition company that manufactures and markets nutrient powders to aid digestion, cognition and mood support, since 2011. He studied nutritional biochemistry at The Ohio State University and loves basketball, the Pacific Northwest and every aspect of the natural product industry.

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