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Probiotics Shown To Ease Constipation

Constipation is a problem frequently suffered during pregnancy. New research has shown that taking a supplement of multi-species probiotics may improve constipation in pregnant women.

Twenty pregnant women with functional constipation participated in the study. Over the course of four weeks, all of the women took a multi-species probiotic. At the beginning of the study and throughout the month, the women recorded their defecation frequency, consistency of stools, and sensation of incomplete evacuation or anorectal obstruction. They also recorded potential side effects such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, and bad tastes.

At the conclusion of the study, the researchers noted that the women were defecating 6.7 times per week, on average, which was a huge improvement over the average 3.1 times per week recorded at the beginning of the study.

Additionally, sensation of incomplete evacuation decreased from 90% to 40%, strain during defecation decreased from 100% to 65% and episodes of abdominal pain decreased from 60% to 20%,

The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Amsterdam and published on October 4, 2012, in Nutrition Journal.

Probiotics are most commonly known for improving digestion and gut health, but they have also been linked to 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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