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2011-09-16

Probiotic Supplement Shown to Minimize the Symptoms of IBS

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is an extremely common functional disorder affecting between 15-20% of all people in the US. It's a functional disorder characterized by chronic vague cramping, abdominal pain, and altered bowel habits in the absence of any detectable pathology. Through the evolution of medicine, IBS has been referred to by diverse terms such as spastic colon, nervous colon, and so on. IBS is not a clinically defined illness and traditionally is a diagnosis of exclusion. Although many pathophysiologic factors have been implicated, in recent years researchers have considered food intolerance, imbalance of the intestinal microflora, and colonic malfermentation as potential factors responsible for symptoms of IBS.

Current treatment options for IBS are considered unsatisfactory, and probiotics are one promising therapeutic alternative.

This newly published clinical study was conducted to determine the potential of a multispecies probiotic supplement, Multi-Flora Plus (marketed in Canada by Innovite Health as Adult Daily Probiotics) in the treatment of IBS. Patients with chronic IBS were treated with a 2 capsules/day of a probiotic supplement containing Lactobacillus acidophilus DDS®-1 strain, Bifidobacterium bifidum, B. longum, and B. lactis for two months.

The most significant improvement in symptoms occurred after two months of treatment, with 84% of the patients showing improvement in abdominal pain, 73.9% in bloating, 92% in belching, 88% in flatulence, 90.9% in diarrhea, and 86.9% in constipation. In addition, no clinically evident adverse effects from the use of Multi-Flora Plus probiotic were reported.

Over the past few months, I've covered numerous studies on probiotics where it was found to:
So many benefits! And the research is sure to keep pouring in. So if you're not taking a probiotic supplement yet...get with the times!

Have an amazing weekend! It's the last official weekend of summer for us in the Northern Hemisphere (and the last weekend of winter for those south of the equator).

Source: Clinical Case Study—Multispecies Probiotic Supplement Minimizes Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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5 comments:

  1. Where can I buy this product?

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  2. I'm sure if you just do an internet search, you'll find lots of retailers. Same if you're looking to buy through an online retailer and have it shipped to you. I'm not sure where you're located, but I'm in Canada, so I can only tell you what I know here (but most of these listed below ship to the US and internationally). Hope this helps.
    ...and be sure to let them know that I sent you. :)

    ABACO HEALTH
    www.abacohealth.com

    GOOD HEALTH VITAMINS
    www.goodhealthvitamins.ca

    NUTRAWAYS
    www.nutrawayscanada.com

    VITAMIN SHOP
    www.canadianvitaminshop.com

    AVIVA NATURAL HEALTH & FITNESS
    www.aviva.ca

    GOOD N' NATURAL
    www.goodnnatural.ca

    NUTRITION PLUS
    www.nationalnutrition.ca

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    1. I just ordered through Victoria's Health in North Vancouver
      http://www.victoriashealth.com/DDS-Ultra-Probiotic-10-Million.html
      Thanks for the info, always!

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  3. Is dds-1 A human colonizing strain? or is it a transient type? Another question, I have heard that vitamin k as MK4 is better than MK7 because MK4 is the form the body makes from K1. Yet everything else I read goes on about how great MK7 is,how it stays in your system for much longer than MK4. Just wanted your opinion on why the body produces MK4 but this is not a popular form for supplement companies. This is a cool blog, lots of interesting research.

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    1. Yes, DDS-1 is a human strain, and also a colonizing strain. It's also naturally acid and bile resistant.

      Regarding the question on vitamin K, in my opinion, MK-4 is just as good as MK-7. MK-4 is the form humans use, so needs to convert K1 and other forms of K2 (like MK-7) into MK-4.

      Essentially, people like to talk about MK-7 being better because it has a longer biological half-life. So yes, this means it stays in the body longer, which is where the benefits come from (it acts like a storage form of K2, and allows for slow release), so that your body can have access to it when it needs it. However, yes, it will be converted to MK-4.

      MK-4, with its much shorter half-life, you'll likely need to take larger doses, and take them multiple times daily (as opposed to just once a day with MK-7) to realize the full benefits.

      The reason why most brands in Canada use MK-7 is that our regulations limit the maximum daily dose to 120 mcg. With its long half-life, MK-7 seems to be preferred as small daily doses will, over time, build up in the body to a therapeutic level.

      In the US, however, without limits on vitamin K dosing, you'll find excellent MK-4 products on the market (the one I liked was a 15 mg dose, and you'd take this three times daily).

      Hope this helps clarify the issue.

      Lee

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