Efficacy of an Encapsulated Probiotic in
Women with IBS
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable bowel syndrome affects up to 58 million people in the
U.S. It is a condition of the digestive tract that is difficult to diagnose.
Common symptoms include abdominal pain, intestinal spasms, bloating, gas, abnormal bowel
movements, diarrhea, constipation, and bowel urgency. In the July 2006 issue of
American Journal of Gastroenterology, a clinical study of 382 women
with irritable bowel syndrome concluded that probiotics were significantly superior
to placebo in treating the symptoms of IBS.
Specifically the study
used Bifidobacteria Infantis (a common probiotic supplement) in capsule form. Patients
taking the probiotic experienced relief from symptoms including abdominal pain and
gastric bloating. The results of this study suggest that a commonly available dietary
supplement (Bifidobacteria Infantis) may be an effective therapy for Irritable Bowel