Can prebiotic supplements help with constipation?

July 31, 2023 2 min read

Can prebiotic supplements help with constipation?

Prebiotic supplements can be effective in alleviating constipation symptoms by promoting a healthier gut environment and stimulating regular bowel movements. Here are how prebiotic supplements can help with constipation:

  • Non-digestible: Prebiotics are non-digestible food ingredients that selectively stimulate the growth and activity of beneficial gut bacteria, thus improving overall gut health and function.
  • More Good Bugs: Prebiotics work by passing through the small intestine without being digested, and then fermenting in the large intestine where they serve as food for the beneficial gut bacteria.
  • SCFAs: The fermentation of prebiotics produces short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs), which help to nourish the gut lining and stimulate bowel movements, thereby promoting regularity.
  • Reduce Bad Bugs: By increasing the number of good bacteria in the gut, prebiotics can also help to reduce harmful bacteria that may be contributing to constipation.
  • Improve Consistency: Studies have shown that prebiotic supplements can improve the frequency and consistency of bowel movements in both children and adults suffering from constipation (1, 2).
  • Reduce Transit Time: Prebiotics have also been found to reduce the transit time of stool through the colon, which can further promote regularity (3).
  • Use with Probiotics: The effectiveness of prebiotics may be enhanced when combined with probiotics, which are live beneficial bacteria that can also help to improve gut health and function.
  • Nature Sources: Prebiotics can be found naturally in many foods, including whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, but supplementation may be necessary to achieve a therapeutic dose.
  • Supplement Sources: HMO prebiotics, GOS, FOS, Inulin, Resistant Starch. 

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  1. Huang R, Hu J. Positive effect of prebiotic supplements on constipation in children: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Nutrients. 2019;11(9):1997. doi: 10.3390/nu11091997
  2. De Paula JA, Carmuega E, Weill R. Effect of the ingestion of a dietary product containing Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bifidum on constipation in children. Medicina (B Aires). 2010;70(2):104-108.
  3. Ríos-Covián D, Ruas-Madiedo P, Margolles A, Gueimonde M, de Los Reyes-Gavilán CG, Salazar N. Intestinal Short Chain Fatty Acids and their Link with Diet and Human Health. Front Microbiol. 2016;7:185. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2016.00185

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