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Probiotic Supplement May Ease Depression, Anxiety in People With IBS

Depression and anxiety are both common in people who suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). A recent study suggests that taking a probiotic supplement may improve symptoms of depression and anxiety in people with IBS.


Participants in the study included 40 people who were newly diagnosed with IBS and therefore had not tried any treatments for either depression or IBS yet. Over the course of 90 days, half of the group took a probiotic tablet containing 2 billion CFU of Bacillus coagulans MTCC 5856 at least 30 minutes before their morning meal, while the other half took a placebo.


At the conclusion of the study, the researchers noted a significant improvement in self-assessed questionnaires of depression symptoms and quality of life in the supplement group, when compared with the placebo. There were also improvements in IBS symptoms and gastrointestinal discomfort.


Researchers from Sami Labs Limited and Sabinsa Corporation in India conducted the study. It was published on July 4, 2018, in Food & Nutrition Research.


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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