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Probiotic Supplements Might Be Giving Some People 'Brain Fog'

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  • Probiotic Supplements Might Be Giving Some People 'Brain Fog'

    Hmmm. Could some of our cog fog issues come from our supplements. Maybe, according to new research. -D

    Given their current popularity, you might assume that probiotics—capsules containing a mix of “good” bacteria that are said to rebalance our gut’s bacterial content—would be perfectly harmless. But a team of gastroenterologists from Augusta University in Georgia is challenging that assumption. Their recent study is the latest to suggest some people who take probiotics can develop a strange collection of symptoms, including gas, diarrhea, and “brain fog.”


    Dave Bexfield

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    The report also appears on Psychology Today. -D

    Probiotics are big business. In 2017, the global market was about $46 billion. By 2022, experts forecast that the “digestive health, immunity, and probiotics” category of consumer products will exceed $64 billion.

    Have you noticed an uptick in advertisements for probiotic supplements in the form of caplets, gummies, or fizzy powders? These commercials typically promise that using a probiotic supplement will improve digestion, boost immune response, and optimize overall health by increasing the “good” bacteria in your gut. Although these products are generally safe, "too much of a good thing" can backfire.

    Taking probiotics can cause a higher prevalence of something called “small intestinal bacterial overgrowth” (SIBO) and “D-lactic acidosis," which may result in disorienting brain fogginess and belly bloating, according to a first-of-its-kind study. These findings were recently published in the journal Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology.
    Dave Bexfield