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…

Melatonin and Reflux Disease

Melatonin for Reflux Disease

The use of Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI’s) used to treat digestive disorders like heartburn, have come under fire recently by a number of different health advocates.  A number of clinical studies have shown melatonin at bedtime to be an adequate alternative for curbing GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) and even speeding up the healing of ulcers.…

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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…

Digestive Health

Digestive Health Digest

In the past, when discussing digestive health, products targeting the prevention of gas and bloating, indigestion, diarrhea and constipation were in the forefront.  Specific conditions usually addressed were Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Colon Cancer prevention and general support for healthy elimination.  Products like Fiber and Oat Bran were touted as providing cardiovascular support as well…