Combination of Prebiotics and Probiotics May Ease Constipation
Multiple studies have shown that prebiotics and probiotics are important for healthy digestion. A study out of Brazil has found that supplementation with two different types of probiotics combined with prebiotic fibers may help relieve constipation.
One hundred women with constipation participated in this study. For 30 days, half of the group took a 6 gram dose of a combination of prebiotic fibers and Lactobcillus and Bifidobacteria probiotic strains twice daily, while half of the group took a maltodextrin placebo.
The researchers noted more frequent bowel movements in the supplement group, with no change in the placebo group. The consistency and shape of stools in the supplement group were also improved, but not in the placebo group.
The study was conducted at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil. Their findings were published online ahead of print on August 24, 2012, in the journal Clinical Nutrition.
Having a varied composition of bacteria in your digestive system is essential for good gut health Previous studies have linked healthy gut bacteria with strengthening the immune system, better gum health, weight loss, and reducing the risk of chronic disease.
The best way to make sure you have a good variety of bacteria in your system to eat a varied diet. Good dietary sources of gut bacteria include yogurt, milk and sauerkraut. A high quality probiotic supplement is also a great source but if you choose this option, be sure it is packaged to block light, air and moisture which can easily kill probiotics.