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Cathy Wong, ND

Acidophilus and B. Lactis for Functional Bowel Disorders

By February 26, 2004

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Aciodophilus is a strain of friendly bacteria that resides in the intestines, helping to prevent intestinal infections by "crowding out" less healthy organisms.

One of the most common uses for probiotics such as Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium lactis is for functional bowel disorders, a group of bowel disorders characterized by chronic abdominal complaints without a known structural or biochemical cause.

Studies on probiotics for functional bowel disorders have had inconsistent results, which might be due to differences in probiotic strains used in the studies.

A study examined the probiotic bacterias Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM and Bifidobacterium lactis Bi-07 twice a day in people with functional bowel disorders excluding constipation.

Primary outcomes were relief of gastrointestinal symptoms and treatment satisfaction.  Secondary outcomes were changes in the severity of symptoms, well-being, and quality of life.

After four and eight weeks, abdominal bloating improved in the group taking the probiotics compared with those taking the placebo.

Learn more about the healing properties of Acidophilus and other probiotics.

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