A digestive ailment which is
among the most common that
occur and the most difficult to
This occurs when there are
alterations in the movement of
the large intestine’s muscles.
It’s either the muscles contract
too fast or too slow than the
Most common symptom of IBS
is alternating constipation and
Lower abdomen cramps
Gas and bloating
Constipation or diarrhea, may be
Feeling the immediate urgency to
have bowel movement when
waking up as well as during or after
Feeling of incomplete emptying
even after having defecation
Pain relief after defecating
Presence of mucus in stools
Up to 60% of patients with IBS may
have psychological symptoms like
depression and anxiety.
Probiotics are live microorganisms
which have been discovered to
supplement the digestive tract with
natural beneficial bacteria to restore
the balance of the intestinal flora.
These beneficial bacteria may be
consumed either in the form of
supplements or fermented food.
How probiotics exactly do their
work is still a mystery but there
have been several studies which
support its therapeutic effects to
the digestive and immune system.
Some research have also pointed
out that probiotics have other
benefits to health as well.
One of the proposed pysiologic benefits of
probiotics for IBS is its protective effect to
the intestinal mucosa (membrane/
protective lining of the intestines).
According to studies, probiotics prevents
bacterial growth by secreting short-chain
acids. This results to decreased pH of the
intestines which leads to the production
of proteins capable of destroying bacteria.
Also, the intestinal mucosa becomes
enhanced due to the probiotics’
production of butyric acid. This acid, byproduct of fiber fermentation, has been
discovered to feed the enterocytes. When
enterocytes are nourished, the intestinal
mucosa becomes improved.
Also, based on research, probiotics can
inhibit apoptosis (cell death) of the epithelial
cells in the gut. This leads to prevention of
colon cancer, which is associated with IBS.
In a study conducted by Desbonnet et. al, the
probiotic strain B. Infantis may have a role in
the production of tryptophan which has an
antidepressant and anti-inflammatory effects
on rats that were chronically exposed to a
stressor for 14 days.
So far, Bifidobacterium have shown the most
impressive results in treating IBS. Some of the
Bifidobacterium strains that have been studied
for IBS are:
B.bifidum: In a trial testing for this bacteria, 47%
of the people have reported symptoms
B.infantis: Have been shown to reduce gut
inflammation and decrease IBS symptoms.
B.lactis: Discovered to decrease stress-related
symptoms of IBS as well as improving gut
permeability and sensitivity.
L.rhamnosus GG: Have been found to decrease
the intensity and frequency of abdominal pain in
IBS pediatric patients.
L.plantarum: Give relief from abdominal pain and
L.brevis: Help in the reduction of intensity and
frequency of diarrhea as well as abdominal pain.
Bacillus coagulans: Have significant effects on the
alleviation of abdominal pain and bloating in IBS
Probacto is the best probiotic that I have
ever run into. They use multiple strains
and they are spore forming so they can
last while not refrigerated. They do not
use cheap bacteria, but expensive ones
such as B. Subtilis.
Probacto also contains prebiotics to help
stimulate the growth of beneficial bacteria
in your gut.
Probacto contains digestive enzymes to
assist with candida die-off.
Probacto is enteric coated and made to be
slow release so it will release in your gut
Irritable Bowel Syndrome is one of the most
common gastrointestinal disorders which are
difficult to manage. Nowadays, more healthcare
experts have also been suggesting the use of
probiotics to alleviate the symptoms caused by
this disorder. Though the probiotics’ exact
mechanism of action is still undiscovered, many
believe that these good bacteria are very useful
in treating the digestive disorder symptoms such
as in the case of IBS. This is a huge help for
patients because the symptoms are hard to live
with. The relief provided by probiotics actually
contributes in their quality of life.