So today, I'll cover yet another study on probiotics for gastrointestinal health. This time, the study aimed to determine if a strain of Bifidobacterium could increase the number of bowel movements in kids experiencing constipation.
After 4 weeks of taking a daily probiotic supplement, the children experienced significantly less abdominal pain, and significantly more bowel movements (from an average of 0.9 per week, increasing to 4.9 per week).
No side-effects were reported, as expected.
Recently I also discussed another study that showed similar results in an elderly population. So while nothing new (in my opinion) was discovered in this study, this is just more confirmation of probiotics' beneficial effects...and that's always welcome news.
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- Probiotics May Reduce Depression and Anxiety
- Probiotic Supplement Shown to Minimize the Symptoms of IBS
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- Probiotics Improve Constipation in Children
- Probiotics Improve Bowel Movements in Elderly
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Source: Tabbers et al. 2011