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Probiotic Supplements May Ease IBS Diarrhea

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that affects the large intestine. IBS symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhea, and urgent bowel movements. A recent study suggests that taking a multi-strain probiotic may improve symptoms in people with diarrhea-predominant IBS.


Participants in the study included 400 people with moderate-to-severe symptomatic diarrhea-predominant IBS. Over the course of four months, they took either a multi-strain probiotic or a placebo daily.


At the conclusion of the study, the researchers noted a 70% reduction in abdominal pain, compared with 50% in the placebo group. They also noted that the percentage of people in the probiotic group who rated their abdominal pain as moderate-to-severe dropped from 100% at the beginning of the study to 14% after five months, compared with 48% in the placebo group.


They also saw an improvement in number of bowel movements after two months in the probiotic group, when compared with the placebo. Finally, the probiotic was associated with improvements in all dimensions of quality of life in a 34-item IBS Quality of Life questionnaire.


Researchers from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University conducted the study. It was published on May 25, 2018, in BMC Gastroenterology.


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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