Types of Probiotics and How to Pick the Right One for Your Needs, according to Gut Health Research
Probiotics are a popular topic, but choosing the right one can be confusing. Here's what nutrition experts and the latest studies say to look out for, plus how to tell whether your probiotic is working.
- Rachel Larkey, MS, RD, CDN, CLC, a registered dietician working in New York City and Seattle
- Dana Ellis Hunnes, PhD, MPH, RD, Senior Dietician at UCLA Medical Center and author of Recipe for Survival
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Originally Published: April 13, 2022