A couple weeks ago I made a post that briefly discussed how probiotics may help depression. Well, continuing on with a similar topic, I wanted to share a little about using probiotics for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
I was somewhat surprised, yet pleased, that the National Institute of Health (NIH) has stated that probiotics can improve symptoms of IBS. If you’d like to read their brief section on the topics, click here and then scroll down just a tad.
Also, here’s some basic info on probiotics put out by the NIH, specifically it’s division called National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). Being a government agency, they’re rather conservative, but they do point out that there’s evidence to support using probiotics for acute diarrhea, diarrhea after using antibiotics, eczema, inflammatory bowel disease, etc.
A review paper called Probiotic Therapy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a great source of information discussing various studies using probiotics to treat IBS.
All things considered, research seems to be pointing the fact that probiotics are a valid treatment option for IBS, among other things.
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Sources – click the links above and they’ll take you to the three sources used & mentioned here.