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Bifantis only probiotic effective in irritable bowel syndrome according to research review


A new study adds to growing evidence for the effectiveness of the probiotic bacteria B. infantis 35624 in people suffering from irritable bowel syndrome.

April is IBS Awareness Month in the United States, making this new probiotic review timely, and providing welcome news for those with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

IBS is one of the most common functional bowel disorders diagnosed by primary care physicians and gastroenterologists; and 70 percent of IBS sufferers do not seek medical treatment and continue to suffer from digestive upsets. This study provides strong evidence that B. infantis 35624 may provide relief to many and is a simple and cost effective therapy.

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Peppermint oil, soluble fibre and older antispasmodics effective in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)


A recent review of research into irritable bowel syndrome treatment finds that older drugs and nutritional interventions are highly effective.

The meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials was conducted for the American College of Gastroenterology by a team of British researchers. The College is working on new evidence-based recommendations for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Their updated document is due to be published eearly this year.

What came out of the study is confirmation that peppermint oil, soluble fibre, and antispasmodics are all effective in treating the symptoms of IBS and should be considered first-line treatments for what is the most commonly diagnosed but poorly understood gastroenterological condition.

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Probiotic yoghurt helps reduce physical bloating in irritable bowel syndrome


The first study of its kind shows that bloating and abdominal distension are reduced in irritable bowel syndrome patients who consume the probiotic yoghurt Activia®.

The groundbreaking research was carried out at the University Hospital of South Manchester, UK, and is published in the journal Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics. The study involved 34 adult women - all of whom suffered from the constipation predominant form of irritable bowel syndrome IBS-C.

Half of the women consumed Activia®, a probiotic yoghurt produced by Danone containing the unqiue Bifidobacterium lactis DN-173 010 strain, every day for four weeks while the other half received a non-fermented dairy product over the same period.

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome Helped by Exercise


New research suggests that regular exercise can help to relieve symptoms of constipation in irritable bowel syndrome patients.

Specifically, the study published in the International Journal of Sports Medicine, found that regular exercise may relieve constipation in those who suffer from the condition.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is the most commonly reported gastrointestinal disorder with some estimates suggesting around 25% of the population in the Western world may suffer to some degree. Patients are often classified depending on whether they mostly experience constipation, diarrhoea, or a combination of the two. Other symptoms include abdominal pain, gas and bloating.

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome linked to Hayfever and Eczema


A new study reveals that irritable bowel syndrome is significantly more common in those who also suffer from hayfever or allergic skin conditions such as eczema.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is the most commonly diagnosed gastrointestinal disorder in the developed world with up to 20% of the population affected to some degree. The cause(s) of IBS are still poorly understood with stress, heightened pain perception, hypersensitivity of the gut, bacterial infection and food intolerences all suggested.

Adults who suffer from various allergies report a high incidence of IBS, suggesting a link between the two. Some research has confirmed that allergen exposure may trigger IBS symptoms in some patients.

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