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Source: Thailand Medical News  Jan 15, 2020  4 years, 3 months, 4 days, 49 minutes ago

Public Warned To be Wary About Online Probiotic Health-Benefit Claims

Public Warned To be Wary About Online Probiotic Health-Benefit Claims
Source: Thailand Medical News  Jan 15, 2020  4 years, 3 months, 4 days, 49 minutes ago
The general public should be wary of searching for probiotics information online as most webpages originate from unreliable sources and the health-benefit claims are often not supported by robust scientific evidence.



In a new study, published in Frontiers in Medicine, cautions that while Google is adept at sorting the most reliable websites to the top of the list, the majority of websites providing information on probiotics are from commercial sources.

Study author Professor Dr Pietro Ghezzi, from the Brighton and Sussex Medical School, UK told Thailand Medical News, "Most webpages with information on probiotics are from commercial sources or news outlets but these provide the least complete information, in terms of not discussing potential side effects or regulatory issues. We also find many websites allude to benefits of probiotics in diseases for which there is not much high-level scientific evidence, other than in mice."

Typically, probiotics are live organisms that, if research holds its promise, could be beneficial to health. There is a large US market for probiotics but less so in the EU, likely due to stricter regulation for health claims. Nevertheless, the market for probiotics continuously expands with the globalization of online sales.

Concerned that the public has unrealistic expectations about the beneficial effects of probiotics (bo