Probiotics for Functional Constipation

Meta-Analysis Offers “Cautious Optimism” for Efficacy of Probiotics for Functional Constipation

A new meta-analysis of 14 Randomized controlled trials shows probiotic supplementation with Bifidobacterium lactis, a specific strain of friendly bacteria, may help individuals with constipation by improving stool consistency and transit time. Functional constipation or chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC) affects approximately 14% of the population.  Besides the affect on the patients quality of life (both…

Vitamin E and Colorectal Cancer

Vitamin E Deficiency May Lead to Increased Colorectal Cancer Risk

A new meta-analysis and systematic review found a Vitamin E deficiency may be associated with an increased risk of colorectal cancer. Researchers looked at 11 studies published between 1950 and 2016.  Over 520 colorectal cancer patients and almost 6,000 healthy controls participated in these various studies that looked at the link between serum Vitamin E…

gut health probiotics

Nestle`-Backed Study Links Probiotic Strain and Depression

A new study backed by Nestle` shows a specific strain of a probiotic, Bifidobacterium longum, helped relieve symptoms of depression as well as alleviating gastrointestinal upsets. Over 40 adults who had experienced Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) in addition to mild to moderate amounts of depression or anxiety participated in this study.   Half the group took…

Colon

Could Glucosamine and Chondroitin Support A Healthy Colon?

According to data from two large US cohort studies, supplementing glucosamine and chondroitin may aid colon health due to their anti-inflammatory mechanism. Data from over 68,000 women and almost 28,000 men who participated in the Nurses’ Health Study and Health Professionals Follow-up Study respectively were analyzed.  672 cases of colorectal cancer were identified from the…