Do probiotics boost the immune system?

Adverts for probiotic yoghurts used to claim they could "boost your immune system", but these claimswereruled unprovenby The European Food Safety Authority and can no longer be made.

Theres a lack of evidence for probiotics benefiting the immune system, and research found that in healthy children, probiotic supplements had no effecton antibody levels, days of fever and number of infections .

There's no reason why you should need to "rebalance" your gut bacteria if youre already perfectly healthy, despite the claims in some marketing material.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018