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When you suffer from the bloating, gas, diarrhea, and constipation of irritable bowel syndrome, you know pepto-bismol is not good enough. Many health practitioners recommend taking probiotics as part of the therapy for bringing IBS under control. The trouble is, there are a lot of different probiotics out there now, and they do not all have the same effects.
Lately, a lot of attention has been paid to Bifidobacterium infantis 35624, or Bifantis. The main effect of bifantis on the digestive tract seems to be reducing inflammation. Like all probiotics, they also help to restore the balance of flora in the intestines and improve digestive function.
A new study published in the July issue of the American Journal of Gastroenterology found that Bifantis may help relieve many of the symptoms associated with IBS. It was a four week study involving 362 women with IBS. The group taking Bifantis had 20% greater relief of symptoms than the placebo group. There were no side effects reported from taking Bifantis.
A recent survey of all properly designed research studies using probiotics to treat IBS found that only bifantis showed significant improvement of symptoms. I believe there is a lot more research that needs to be done. One problem with the research so far, is that they only study one probiotic at a time. As I said they have different functions, and I believe they act synergistically. So taking a combination should be better than taking any one alone.
If you have IBS, Bifantis is certainly worth checking out. Adding it to your daily regime will probably prove beneficial.