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Probioitic Supplementation May Help Improve Irritable Bowel Symptoms

Symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome include cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea, and constipation. According to a new study, supplementation with probiotics may help improve some irritable bowel symptoms, such as abdominal pain, abdominal distension, and bowel consistency.

Participants in the study included 330 adults who had been diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome. They had recurring abdominal pain and an average maximal abdominal pain severity score of at least 4 on the 11-point Abdominal Pain Severity – Numeric Rating Scale (APS-NRS). They were given Lactobacillus acidophilus DDS-1 (1 × 1010 CFU/day), Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. lactis UABla-12 (1 × 1010 CFU/day), or a placebo daily for 6 weeks. The researchers measured abdominal pain severity, irritable bowel syndrome severity, and stool form and frequency, at baseline, 3 weeks, and 6 weeks.

Participants in the probiotic groups saw significant improvements in their APS-NRS scores. 52.3% of the participants in the L. acidophilus group and 28.2% of the participants in the B. lactis group saw a decrease of at least 30% in their score. Participants in both groups also saw significant reductions in abdominal pain severity, abdominal pain duration, and abdominal distention.

In addition, participants in both probiotic groups saw a significant normalization in stool consistency compared to the placebo group,

The study was conducted by researchers from Vedic Lifesciences. It was published on January 30, 2020 in the journal Nutrients.

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