Which Probiotics Are Good For IBS?

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Taking probiotics  can work to reduce pain and symptom severity in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) but which ones actually work?(1 ).

The following article outlines 3 probiotics which have good quality scientific evidence behind them to prove that they help with IBS symptoms. Please note that these outcomes are not  guaranteed and the level of change you see will vary from person to person.


VSL#3 contains 8 different strains of freeze-dried live bacteria (2 ).

In all types of IBS, the  VSL#3 probiotic has been shown to reduce the frequency and severity of symptoms. It has also been shown to reduce abdominal pain and bloating whilst increasing quality of life (3 ).

VSL#3 has been shown to restore levels of bifidobacterium in those on the low FODMAP diet (4 ). This is could potentially make the low FODMAP diet more effective than when used on its own.

A 12 week programme of VSL#3 will cost you £135.55.


Symprove is an easily available probiotic which contains 4 strains of bacteria: Lactobacillus rhamnosus NCIMB 30174, Lactobacillus plantarum NCIMB 30173, Lactobacillus acidophilus NCIMB 30175 and Enterococcus faecium NCIMB 30176 (5 ).

It is recommended that you take 70mls/day and it comes in either an original or mango and passion fruit flavour (6 ).

In a 12 week trial of this probiotic, it showed to reduce all symptoms of IBS in those with moderate to severe symptoms but the largest change was seen in reducing pain scores (7 ).

A 12 week programme of Symprove will cost £79.00.


Alforex  35624is a probiotic which contains a single strain bacteria – bifidobacterium infantis 35624Ⓡ live cultures (8 ).

In studies, Alforex has been shown to improve symptoms of abdominal pain/discomfort, bloating and bowel movements in those that have IBS (9 , 10 , 11 ).

A 12 week programme of Alflorex will cost you £74.85.


If you would like advice around digestive health problems and probiotics, please contact me.


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