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Probiotic Blend Shown to Improve Irritable Bowel Syndrome Symptoms

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a persistent affliction with symptoms that include abdominal pain and cramping, changes in bowel movements, flatulence, bloating and discomfort. There is no known cure for IBS, as it can have multiple causes, but there are steps you can take to alleviate some of the symptoms.

Researchers from King's College in London recently conducted a study which suggests that a blend containing four different strains of Lactobacillus probiotics may reduce the symptoms of IBS. They presented their findings at Digestive Disease Week, which took place from May 18-May 23, 2012, in San Diego, CA.

Study participants included 186 individuals between the ages of 18 and 65 who suffered from moderate to severe IBS. The participants received either a placebo or a supplement containing L. casei, L. acidophilus, L. planatarum, and E. faecium.

At the conclusion of the study, the probiotic group showed better scores on the IBS Symptom Severity Score test and improved pain levels and bowel habit when compared with the placebo group.

Probiotics are most commonly known for improving digestion and gut health, but they have also been linked with other health benefits, including weight loss, a stronger immune system, and a reduced risk of chronic disease.

Probiotics can be found naturally in many foods, such as yogurt, milk and sauerkraut. You may also consider taking a high quality supplement but make sure it is packaged to block light, air and moisture which can easily kill probiotics.

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