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:
- reduce the risk of colon cancer
- improve antioxidant status during intense physical activity
- improve nutrient absorption from food
- reduce depression and anxiety
- reduce fever associated with the "stomach flu"
- benefit weight loss
- reduce the risk of respiratory infections
- alleviate constipation in kids, and a similar study in the elderly
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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