Can Certain Prebiotics be Used to Treat Constipation?

This 2020 NCBI meta-analysis takes a close look at prebiotics which play a role in augmenting the presence of gut microbiota such as Bifidobacterium, Clostridium, Bacteroidetes, and Lactobacilli which have been demonstrated in functional gastrointestinal disorders. There are only a few studies of the efficacy of prebiotics for chronic constipation and the utility of different commercially available prebiotics in patients with functional and chronic idiopathic constipation. 21 randomized controlled trials were reviewed showing prebiotics to be effective treatments for chronic idiopathic constipation; improvement in stool consistency; the number of bowel moments, and bloating.

Source: Therapeutic Effects of Prebiotics in Constipation: A Review – PubMed

What do Studies Say about Probiotics and Digestion?

An article on the Strauss Group website describes probiotic yogurts developed to help regulate digestion and improve symptoms of IBS. The yogurts contain Bifidus Actiregularis bacteria and bio-bacteria. Studies focused on the survival of the bacterium in the gastrointestinal tract and its functionality cover “digestive comfort” a term used to define a well-functioning digestive system without gas, bloating, constipation, etc. The studies specifically relate to the elderly and to women. Probiotics have been shown to help improve brain activity and may be helpful for the nervous system and PD patients. Studies suggest that probiotics may help PD patients by decreasing pro-inflammatory cytokines, oxidative stress, and potentially pathogenic bacterial overgrowth.

Source: Probiotics – Clinical Studies (HE)