Constipation can be referred to as a condition of the digestive system wherein bowel movements are not frequent resulting in painful defecation. In most cases this might be a result of slower bowel movements as a result of which the colon absorbs too much of water from the food and turn it dry and difficult to pass out. Constipation may be a result of a low fibre diet, low liquid intake or dieting. Probiotics have been used as a remedy against constipation. Doctors at University of Maryland Medical Center suggest use of probiotics in combating constipation.
History of Probiotic Use In Constipation:
The use of probiotics in the treatment and relief of constipation has a long history. Some of the first clinical trials carried out with lactobacilli were related to their effect on constipation. In 1922, Rettger & Cheplin were amongst the first to recommend the use of acidophilus milk to adults with constipation problem. Similar results were found in 1933 and 1935 by a group of researchers including Weinstein, Weiss, Rettger and Levy. The results were substantiated by the works of Graf and Alm et al. (1983). [Read more…]