The term “probiotic” is widely applied to food and natural health products available in Canada.
The many probiotics available on the market differ on a number of important characteristics. Some fail to meet the standards that are required to have health benefits.12
For example, the contents (specific microorganisms) of the product may be unclear, the viable number of microorganisms may be insufficient and there may be no scientific evidence to support claims.
Did you know?
Did you know that there are general health benefits among probiotics, but many health claims are strain-specific, such as the prevention of AAD and CDAD? The Natural Health Products database provides the approved health claims for each specific probiotic formulation.