Probiotics improve bowel movement frequency
The first study, by two Chinese scientists, concerns a meta-analysis (1) combining the data of all included studies and reanalysing them in order to determine the effect in a larger population. This study used bowel movement frequency as its outcome measure. The researchers included six randomized clinical studies in which different species of probiotic were administered, with a total of 498 children (average age range between 3 and 7).
The meta-analysis showed that probiotics lead to a statistically significant increase in bowel movement frequency compared to placebo, with a mean difference (MD) of 0.73 (95% CI, -,14-1.31; p=0.02). This means the average bowel movement frequency in the probiotics group was 0.73 higher than in the placebo group. The authors concluded that probiotics can be an effective alternative for the treatment of constipation in children.
The second study was a systematic review by Polish researchers, which included seven studies with a total of 515 participants.(2) Their research showed that in the studies using a multispecies probiotic and the strains Lactobacillus reuteri and Bifidobacterium longum, a significant positive effect on bowel movement frequency was found.
The above studies demonstrate that specific probiotics can have a positive effect on bowel movement frequency (an important criteria for constipation). Our probiotic formula Ecologic® Relief is a multispecies probiotic containing B. longum that has been developed specifically to help improve constipation. Research has shown that Ecologic® Relief is effective in children with constipation (3)