Good Bacteria helps irritable bowel syndrome

Mar 31, 2005

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) usually involves cramping, loose stool, and sometimes constipation. Millions of Americans suffer with IBS. In this study 75 patients with IBS were randomly assigned to take Bifidobacterium or Lactobacillus salivarius mixed into a malted milk drink or a plain malted milk drink (placebo) every morning for 8 weeks. The Bifidobacterium helped reduce overall symptoms including abdominal pain, discomfort and bloating. The Lactobacillus salivarius was no better than placebo at helping the condition. The Bifidobacteria worked as well as two prescription drugs used for IBS: Zelnorm and Lotronex. The research was performed at the University College, Cork, Ireland and is published in the March 2005 issue of the journal Gastroenterology.

CLA reduces body fat in overweight humans

157 otherwise healthy but obese adults were given either CLA (2 groups) or placebo for a year, 134 of these participants continued on CLA for a second year to verify the safety of CLA with long term supplementation. Body fat mass was decreased in both CLA groups, and body weight also dropped by 7.04 lbs. or 6.16 lbs in the CLA groups versus placebo. There was no fat loss or weight loss in the placebo group. Over the course of the second year it was found that CLA continued to be safe to use. The weight loss was not due to diet or exercise but due to the CLA supplementation. The study is published in the April 2005 issue of the Journal of Nutrition, the journal of the American Society for Nutritional Sciences.