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    Probiotics Influence Melatonin Levels and IBS Symptoms

    Probiotics Influence Melatonin Levels and IBS Symptoms

    We discussed some of the positive effects probiotics have on those suffering from allergic rhinitis in our blog, “The Many Benefits of Probiotics for Allergy Sufferers.” However, additional research published by the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health is also indicating probiotic supplementation can increase melatonin levels and significantly improve the bowel habits of irritable bowl syndrome sufferers.

    The team at The Allergy & Environmental Treatment Center, LLC may recommend nutritional supplementation(s) to allergy patients if they suspect or find nutritional deficiencies through clinical evidence and/or laboratory assessments. Educating patients on potential health and/or allergy risks is incredibly important to the team, which is why they’re sharing this general health-related news.

    The National Institutes of Health reported IBS affects 3 to 20 percent of adults in the United States. Primary care physicians or gastrointestinal (GI) specialists may determine whether or not a patient has IBS based on the individual’s level, frequency and duration of abdominal pain or discomfort. These medical professionals generally come to an IBS diagnosis if the patient is feeling discomfort that occurs more than three times per month for three months or longer. Nevertheless, if you are feeling abdominal pain, it’s important to seek medical treatment from a GI physician or specialist.

    During the study, researchers assigned 42 patient participants with either a probiotic supplement or placebo to ingest daily for up to six weeks. Throughout the six weeks, investigators assessed rectal sensitivity and saliva melatonin levels. Study participants were also instructed to complete symptom questionnaires. Those who took the probiotic supplement reported a significant decrease in their abdominal pain duration and intensity. Additionally, researchers found an increase in salivary morning melatonin levels that correlated to improved bowel habits.

    As mentioned previously, probiotics have a positive impact on allergy symptoms caused by allergic rhinitis. One probiotic in particular called lactobacillus plantarum No. 14 (LP14) has been known to suppress immune responses (runny noses, itchy and watery eyes, respiratory problems, etc.) in test subjects exposed to certain pollens. If you’d like to read more on probiotics affects on allergic rhinitis symptoms, you can do so here.

    It’s important to understand certain health risks and/or allergic reactions you may have with supplements prior to adding them to your diet. Consult a medical professional at The Allergy & Environmental Treatment Center, LLC before implementing probiotics into your allergy and/or IBS treatment regimen.

    Providing the most comprehensive testing, diagnosis, and treatment of allergy diseases, The Allergy & Environmental Treatment Center, LLC is the leading allergy clinic in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area. If you suffer from environmental, food, or chemical allergies, don’t wait any longer and call us now at (480) 634-2985!

    The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.

    @The Allergy & Environmental Treatment Center, LLC, 2014

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