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Nov 22, 2013

Probiotics Benefit Digestive Health

Thanks to new research titled “Probiotics in the Management of Lower Gastrointestinal Symptoms in Clinical Practice”, we can get more insight into just how much Probiotics benefit our bodies. This Literature Review covers the subject of the gut microbiota playing an important role in gastrointestinal problems. Using such evidence it provides clinicians with an evidence based international guide on the management of lower gastrointestinal problems and their symptoms.


What makes this so useful is firstly, the reliability of the material being based on 37 studies, along with the use-ability, as each study receives a grade rating for study control and quality of results.


Here is a snippet of the main results;


Statements with 100% agreement and 'high' evidence levels indicated that:

(i) Specific Probiotics help reduce overall symptom burden and abdominal pain in some IBS patients

(ii) In patients receiving antibiotics eradication therapy, specified Probiotics are helpful as adjuvants (a substance that enhances the body's immune response to an antigen) to prevent/reduce the duration/intensity of AAD

(iii) Probiotics have favorable safety in patients in primary care. Items with 70–100% agreement and 'moderate' evidence

(iv) Specific Probiotics help relieve overall symptom burden in some patients with diarrhea-predominant IBS, and reduce bloating/distension and improve bowel movement frequency/consistency in some IBS patients

(v) With some Probiotics, improved symptoms have led to improvement in quality of life.”


Although statements cannot be generalized between different Probiotics, conclusions do however suggest that specified Probiotics do benefit the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), anti-biotic associated diarrhea, and selecting the correct Probiotics can provide additional benefits for individuals with lower intestinal issues.