Probiotics for Constipation

Constipation can be a painful and unbearable condition, with certain dietary adjustments such as increasing fibre and fluid intakes helping to prevent and manage this condition.  Now, a new meta-analysis has looked into the role of probiotics…

Data from 1182 subjects (extracted from randomised controlled trials) was analysed.  Overall, probiotics reduced gut transit time by 12.4 hours, increased stool frequency by 1.3 bowel movements per week and improved stool consistency, particularly in the case of Bifidobacterium lactis.

These results point towards probiotics having a potential role in helping to prevent and manage constipation.  However, larger randomised controlled trials are needed, testing different doses and strains of probiotics.

 For more information, see: Dimidi E et al. (2014) American Journal of Clinical Nutrition Vol. 100(4), pg 1075-84.