Probiotics ease IBS symptoms

Although not much is know about the cause of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), treatment protocols are well established, and a good-quality, daily probiotic can help decrease the symptoms.
Professor Leon Dicks

Professor Leon Dicks

Professor Leon Dicks, head of the probiotic and antimicrobial peptide lab in the department of microbiology at Stellenbosch University, explains that the micro-organisms found in probiotics support good gut flora. “IBS is characterised by a variety of symptoms including abdominal pain and cramping, bloating, diarrhoea and most cases of IBS go undiagnosed as sufferers would rather not consult their physicians about the symptoms. New research into the causes of IBS suggest changes to the brain-gut messaging; stretching and contractions of the muscles in the gut; and, a general increase in pain experienced.”

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