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Probiotic Reduces Food Transit Time, Improves Gastrointestinal Health

June 13, 2011: 10:31 AM EST
A multinational team of scientists who tested the effects of daily supplementation with a specific probiotic on 100 people found that Bifidobacterium lactis HN019 reduced the transit time of food through the intestines in healthy individuals by as much as 33 percent. The participants, whose mean age was 44, received either high or low doses or B. lactis HN019, or a placebo, for 14 days. The researchers said that both the low and high dose groups experienced improvements in nausea, vomiting, regurgitation, abdominal pain, flatulence, constipation and diarrhea. The researchers said that reducing gut transit time could over a long period of time significantly reduce the risk of various colorectal problems, including cancer.
Philip A Waller, et al. , "Dose-response effect of Bifidobacterium lactis HN019 on whole gut transit time and functional gastrointestinal symptoms in adults", Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology, June 13, 2011, © Informa Plc
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