When Can Probiotics Help?
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
People with IBS may have diarrhea, constipation, or both. Bifidobacterium infantis, Bifidobacterium lactis, Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Saccharomyces boulardii, or a combination of probiotics may help regulate bowel movements and ease bloating.
Premature babies are at risk for this serious disease. Tissue in the intestines starts to die. The intestines get inflamed and a hole can form. Recent studies show that using Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG with the supplement bovine lactoferrin can help keep it under control. Bifidobacterium infantis combined with Lactobacillus acidophilus may also help stave off this problem in sick newborns.
Other Possible Probiotic Uses
Researchers have found other ways these good bacteria might keep people healthy. Probiotics may also help these conditions:
- Children's colds
- Urinary tract and vaginal health
- Allergies and asthma
- Lactose intolerance
- Childhood stomach and lung infections
- Mouth health
- Joint stiffness
- Traveler's diarrhea