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Probiotics Again Shown to Soothe IBS symptoms

Date: 12th November 2011 | Created by: Troo Healthcare |
IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) is the most common gastrointestinal disorder in the Western world, yet its cause remains unclear and consistently effective treatments are still being sought. A recent study shed a little more light on the mysteries of IBS, finding that a probiotic containing strains of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacter effectively reduced abdominal bloating and distension in people with the condition.

The study included 60 adults with IBS. Only people with loose stools and diarrhoea, not constipation, were chosen for the study. After monitoring their baseline symptoms for two weeks, they were assigned to take either a probiotic supplement or a placebo twice daily for eight weeks. The supplement provided 100 billion CFU (colony-forming units) of a combination of Lactobacillus acidophilus, strain NCFM, and Bifidobacter animalis, subspecies lactis Bi-07.

All of the participants had improvement in overall digestive symptoms and quality of life. Probiotics users had greater reductions in abdominal bloating and after-meal discomfort at the four- and eight-week follow-ups. Improvements in abdominal pain, diarrhoea, and IBS symptom severity were similar in both groups.

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