Probiotics for IBS

Probiotics for IBS

(Irritable Bowel Syndrome) ensure that the balance between the good and bad bacteria in the intestines is maintained. Our stomach contains more than 400 kinds of micro organisms. All the 400 kinds are not useful, but there are some (Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium) that aid in the digestion process and some that keep the bad bacteria (Salmonella, E.Coli) under control.

These friendly bacteria or probiotics are naturally occurring ones.

Consuming Probiotics for IBS:

It can so happen that the bad bacteria can sometimes go unchecked, leading to problems like irritable bowel syndrome.

Probiotics for IBS

can be consumed as well when the balance between the good and the bad bacterium is upset.

  • Some probiotics like the

    bifidobacterium infantis, lactobacillus plantarum, streptococcus and the saccharomyces boulardii

    can be consumed for treating irritable bowel syndrome or IBS. But not all species of these bacteria can be used for treatment.

  • The bad bacteria when unchecked, cause bowel inflammation, constipation, diarrhea and irritation of the bowels (symptoms of IBS). Probiotic supplements would relieve one of these problems and also enable prevent their occurrence in the future.

Probiotic Supplements:

People who suffer from IBS have their intestinal tract inflamed or have a bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine. Probiotic supplements can address both these problems thus, alleviating the symptoms of IBS. Let us look at a few supplements.

  • Florastor is a sacchoromyces boulardii supplement made from live dried yeast cells. It is actually considered to be the world’s number 1 probiotic.
  • Align digestive care probiotic supplement contains bifidobacterium infantis 35624. This supplement comes in capsules.
  • Mango GoodBelly To-Go is a fruit drink containing the probiotic lactobacillus plantarum.


Probiotic supplements contain living organisms. Thus, anyone with a weak immune system (cancer patients undergoing treatment, people suffering from immune disorders, those who are suffering from infections) are advised not to take probiotic supplements.

  • Also, it is not safe to mix probiotics (some come in powder form) around patients who are undergoing intravenous treatment. There is a risk of contamination associated with this.

Probiotics for IBS

have been researched and it has been found that they are both safe and effective in reducing the symptoms of the disorder.

1 response to Probiotics for IBS

  1. SGM said on April 5, 2011

    Just realized that it is IBS month and wanted to share that our family loves our Vidazorb probiotic. It is a chewable and has helped each of us in so many different ways like our son’s eczema, my skin and weight, boosting immunities etc! I definitely recommend these to other families!

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