That your gut bacteria are critical in maintaining your health is well established. But we don’t know which bacteria are helpful and how they act. Until these questions are answered, probiotics and by extension prebiotics will struggle to fulfil their claimed promises." Paul Bertrand, Senior Lecturer in School of Medical Sciences, Andrew Ball, Professor of Environmental Microbiology and Kate Polglaze, Associate Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Science, all at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, explain how probiotics and prebiotics are supposed to work and why claims of their benefits are falling foul of product labelling law in the European Union and Australia:
Given CLL patients are likely to require antibiotic treatment more frequently than average (and which is known to disrupt our gut bacteria) , it would be good to see more research identifying what probiotics and prebiotics are indeed helpful and to what extent.
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