Probiotics May Ease Constipation For Mature Adults
Constipation is a common problem in later life as intestinal microbiota and gut function change. A recent study suggests that taking different strains of probiotics may help ease chronic constipation in mature adults.
Participants in the study included 778 men and women between the ages of 65 and 102 who took part in 15 studies that addressed the effects of probiotics on constipation. Different studies used different probiotics, with the most common probiotic being Bifidobacterium longum.
After examining all of the data, the researchers found that an intervention with a probiotic resulted in a 10% to 30% increase in positive and significant effects on bowel movement, when compared with a placebo.
Researchers from the University of Valencia conducted the study. It was published in the July 2017 issue of Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics.
While probiotics are most commonly linked to improving digestion and gut health, they have also been shown to have other health benefits, including 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.