How Can Probiotics Help Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?

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Probiotics are bacteria that naturally live in the gut. It is believed that several intestinal disorders may arise when there isn't enough good bacteria in the gut. Probiotics are microorganisms that supplement the gut's natural bacteria, helping to "balance" intestinal flora. One study found that probiotic treatment significantly relieved IBS symptoms and improved quality of life. In the study, researchers primarily used the bacteria Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacteria infantis. IBS patients reported fewer symptoms and, in general, a higher quality of life after taking the probiotics for four weeks. Just as significant, the probiotic therapy did not appear to cause side effects.   Keywords: ibs probiotics; probiotics ibs; ibs probiotics supplements.