Can prebiotic supplements cause side effects?

July 25, 2023 2 min read

Can prebiotic supplements cause side effects?

While prebiotic supplements are generally safe and well-tolerated, they can cause side effects in some individuals, especially at higher doses. Common side effects include gastrointestinal symptoms such as bloating, gas, and abdominal discomfort. These symptoms are usually mild and temporary and can be managed by reducing the dose or discontinuing the supplement.

In rare cases, prebiotic supplements can cause more severe side effects, such as allergic reactions or worsening of pre-existing digestive conditions. Individuals with pre-existing medical conditions or taking medications should consult with their healthcare provider before taking prebiotic supplements.

For HMO prebiotics, it is not recommended for people with milk allergies since HMO contains trace amount of lactose (cow’s milk). However, people with lactose intolerance can still consume HMO because of the lactose content is very low in our HMO products.

 

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References:

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