Probiotics unhelpful for the worried well

Taking probiotic supplementation with the aim of improving gastrointestinal health is unlikely benefit people who are well, according to a large systematic review.

The study, which investigated the effect of probiotics on the faecal microbiota of healthy adults, found no convincing evidence for their use.

This is despite probiotic products being widely marketed to maintain digestive health.

“No effects were observed on the faecal microbiota composition in terms of α-diversity, richness or evenness in any of the