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Frequently Asked Questions about Celiac Disease

Probiotics Reference Guide

What are probiotics?

Probiotics are friendly or "good" bacteria that, when ingested in adequate amounts, are beneficial to health. These healthy bacteria fight harmful bacteria, preventing illness and gastrointestinal infections.

Probiotics are most commonly found in yogurt but also in other fermented foods such as miso, raw kimchi, raw sauerkraut, and kefir; they are found in much greater quantities in probiotic supplements. Depending on the symptoms, a person may benefit from taking probiotics to improve gastrointestinal health. Discuss your situation and specific symptoms with your doctor or dietitian to decide whether you might benefit from probiotics.

Disclaimer

The Celiac Center provides this Probiotics Reference Guide as a useful resource on probiotics; however, BIDMC is not endorsing or recommending the use of probiotics, any particular product or specific brand. The information about these products comes from their websites, customer service representatives, and published data. Always check with the manufacturer to be certain the product is gluten free, as ingredients on labels may change at any time. Please note that many of the probiotics claims are not proven by any clinical data. Talk with your doctor or dietitian to decide whether you might benefit from probiotics.

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Contact Information

Celiac Disease Center
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
East Campus, Dana 601
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
617-667-1272