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Bifantis only probiotic proven to work in irritable bowel syndrome


A new review of research into the use of probiotics in irritable bowel syndrome finds that only one has been studied sufficiently to be proven effective.

Researchers from the University of Michigan, USA, conducted an analysis of randomized controlled trials evaluating probiotics in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Their review, concluded that the only probiotic currently able to demonstrate significant improvement in IBS symptoms based upon a properly designed research study was Bifantis® (Bifidobacterium infantis 35624). This probiotic bacteria is the sole ingredient in Align® which is manufactured by Procter & Gamble.

The goal of the review was to evaluate the efficacy, safety and tolerability of probiotics in the treatment of IBS. Criteria for the study included randomized controlled trials testing adults with IBS symptoms using single or combination probiotics versus placebo for IBS symptoms and frequency of adverse events.

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Probiotic reduces abdominal pain study finds


The probiotic bacteria Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM has powerful painkilling properties in gut when administered orally according to research published today.

The amount of research into probiotic bacteria and the resulting knowledge of their effects on human health has increased immensely over the past decade. The findings published today in Nature Medicine, that Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM has powerful analgesic effects comparable to morphine, add to the already long list of health benefits attributed to "friendly bactria".

The researchers from Inserm (French National Institute of Health and Medical Research) and Danisco, a food technology firm, demonstrated for the first time that the microbiology of the intestinal tract influences visceral pain perception, knowledge that could be of great importance for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and other gastrointestinal conditions.

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