Daily probiotic supplements may improve digestive health
Taking probiotic supplements on a daily basis may improve digestive health, according to a new study from Danisco and Fonterra.
Published in the Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology, the research found that Bifidobacterium lactis HN019 helped to speed up the time taken for food to move through the gastrointestinal tract by as much as 33 per cent for healthy individuals.
In the long term, this could lower the risk of developing conditions such as colon cancer, reports Nutra Ingredients.
Also known as bowel cancer, the disease is diagnosed in almost 37,000 patients in the UK every year – equivalent to around 100 per day.
The researchers, led by Larry Miller of life sciences firm Sprim, wrote: “Dietary consumption of B. lactis HN019 shortens whole gut transit time in a dose-dependent manner and reduces the frequency of functional gastrointestinal symptoms in adults.”
Symptoms such as vomiting, nausea and abdominal pain improved in people who took high and low doses of probiotics, the study discovered.
Extract: A study found probiotics help to reduce the time taken for food to travel through the gut.