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Probiotic Yeast May Ease Discomfort of People With IBS

Probiotics are often linked with digestive health. A recent study suggests that a proprietary probiotic yeast form of saccharomyces cerevisiae may reduce abdominal discomfort in people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).


Participants in the study included 179 people who had been diagnosed with IBS. Over the course of eight weeks, they took either 500 mg of the probiotic yeast saccharomyces cerevisiae (CNCM-3856) or a placebo.


Primary symptoms including abdominal pain/discomfort, bloating/distension, and bowel movement difficulty as well as changes in stool frequency and consistency were recorded daily and assessed each week.


At the conclusion of the study, the probiotic group had a 63% improvement in abdominal pain/discomfort, compared with only 47% for the placebo group. The probiotic group also had a non-significant trend of improvement for the other symptoms. There were no adverse side effects noted in the probiotic group.


Researchers form the University of Lille in France conducted the study. It was published in the February 2015 issue of Digestive and Liver Disease.


While the probiotic used here was a proprietary, branded one, saccharomyces cerevisiae - also known as “brewers yeast” or “nutritional yeast” - is the yeast used in winemaking, baking, and brewing. It is believed to have originally been isolated from the skin of grapes. It is high in fiber, B vitamins, and folic acid.


Previous studies suggest that saccharomyces cerevisiae may help boost the immune system, help the digestive tract function properly, and help people maintain healthy skin, hair, eyes, and mouth.

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