Mercy's Dr. Jonathan Rich Offers The “411” on Probiotics

December 26, 2017
Downtown Personal Physicians - Baltimore, MD

Probiotics in yogurt and supplements promise to help with digestion, but are they really necessary?

There are lots of probiotics on the market right now, but should you be taking them? According to Jonathan Rich, D.O., of Mercy Medical Center, for most healthy people they aren't necessary. But for people who are on antibiotics for a long period of time, probiotics can help prevent C. diff colitis, which causes swelling and irritation of the large intestine or colon.

"Antibiotics kill the good bacteria in the gut flora and the probiotics help replace that gut flora, so that's been the area where we try to fill the need for the probiotics and that's been a useful area," Rich said.

Dr. Rich noted that people should always consult their doctor before taking supplements.

View Dr. Jonathan Rich’s interview regarding probiotics.

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About Mercy

Founded in 1874, Mercy Medical Center is a university-affiliated medical facility named one of the top 100 hospitals in the U.S. by Thomson-Reuters with a national reputation for women’s health. Mercy is home to the nationally acclaimed Weinberg Center for Women’s Health and Medicine as well as the $400+ million, 20-story Mary Catherine Bunting Center. For more information visit Mercy online at, Facebook, Twitter or call 1-800-MD-MERCY.

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