Probiotics offer relief for IBS

Probiotics offer relief for IBS

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is estimated to affect one in five people throughout people’s lives, generally between the ages of 20-30 years of age with twice as many women affected than men. The syndrome involves an irregularity in muscles in the intestines contracting – either too quick or too slow. Symptoms of this include:

  • Bloating
  • Stomach cramps
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation.

The cause of IBS is still yet unknown and further research is needed in the area. It is believed that factors including stress, food intolerances, hormones and bacteria are at play. However, a meta-analysis on a range of clinical trials (published between 2007 – 2013) has reviewed the effectiveness of probiotic supplementation for those suffering from IBS. The analysis has found that overall, probiotic supplements can offer significant relief IBS patients.


The data

The data collected was from 24 different clinical trials of which, 15 that were eligible we used in this particular meta-analysis, with 1793 patients included. The studies investigated patients with IBS by researching the effectiveness of probiotics in IBS improvement in comparison the placebo-control group.


The results have shown that overall probiotic supplementation reduced pain and symptom severity scores in those participating in comparison to the patients given the placebo.

What now?

At Amchara Health Retreats, we see many clients with IBS or symptoms of IBS. Often when they embark on either a juice fast or raw food programme including probiotic supplementation prescribing OptiBac Probiotics their symptoms either fully improve and they’re able to manage their symptoms more effectively. To have a look at our Functional Health programme – click here.



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