2 drink that could ease IBS misery for millions available over the counter
09:03 GMT, 28 May 2012
The 2 Symprove drink could provide relief for millions of IBS sufferers
British doctors are claiming a major breakthrough in treating a stomach condition which causes misery for millions.
They proved that a drink containing ‘friendly’ bugs relieves bloating and stomach pain for long-term sufferers of irritable bowel syndrome.
Around 12million people in the UK are affected by IBS. Three in four sufferers are women.
The probiotic drink called Symprove is already available online and in some Tesco stores and a daily dose costs around the same as a cappuccino at 2.
The study, run to the same standard as a drugs trial and sponsored by King’s College Hospital, London, involved 186 people, aged 18 to 65, who had been diagnosed with moderate to severe IBS.
Two-thirds of patients were given Symprove and the rest drank a placebo for 12 weeks.
The results showed that Symprove was effective in reducing the severity of a range of symptoms, particularly constipation and diarrhoea, with patients feeling less pain and discomfort at the end of the trial and four weeks later.
The drink is already available online and in some Tesco stores
More than one in five receiving the probiotic drink saw their symptoms fall from the severe category to mild.
Researchers said many people eat yoghurts and other probiotic products to promote a healthy gut, but the majority do not have the ‘robust evidence’ for improving IBS symptoms.
They presented their findings at a medical conference in San Diego last week.
Professor Ingvar Bjarnason, who led the study, added: ‘The Symprove trial is a real breakthrough for IBS sufferers.’