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Danisco Probiotic Strains Help Relieve Intestinal Bloating In Clinical Study

March 22, 2011: 03:21 AM EST
Researchers at the University of North Carolina and food ingredients supplier Danisco have found that two probiotic strains consumed as daily supplements significantly eased the bloating experienced by people with gastrointestinal disorders. The two strains, which are produced by Danisco, are Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM and Bifidobacterium lactis Bi-07. In combination they cut bloating by 27 percent after eight weeks. Sixty study participants with bowel disorders (but not constipation) were divided into two groups. One received the two probiotic strains, the other a placebo. The participants completed questionnaires rating their bloating on a 17-point scale after four and eight weeks. At eight weeks, the probiotics group rated their bloating at 4.26 on average, while the placebo group rated their symptoms at 5.84.
Ringel, Yehuda MD, et al. , "Probiotic Bacteria Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM and Bifidobacterium lactis Bi-07 Versus Placebo for the Symptoms of Bloating in Patients With Functional Bowel Disorders-a Double-blind Study", Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology, March 22, 2011, © Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.
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