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Digestive Enzymes Improve Digestion, Reduce Bloating Symptoms of IBS

pancreatic enzymes and ibs
Study Title: Pancreatic supplements reduce symptomatic response of healthy subjects to a high fat meal.
Number of Participants: 18 Subjects
Length of Study: 17 Hours
Type of Study: Double-blind, Crossover Study
Publication: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
Study Result: The finding that pancreatic supplements reduce after-meal symptoms like bloating and gas in healthy subjects suggests that these supplements also might be beneficial in irritable bowel syndrome.

Many digestive complaints are a result of inadequate production of digestive enzymes, especially the pancreatic enzymes for digesting carbs, fats, and proteins. In this double-blind, crossover study, supplemental pancreatic enzymes were given to healthy volunteers after eating a high calorie, high-fat meal.

For the next 15-17 hours, digestive symptoms like bloating, gas, and flatulence were recorded. Pancreatic supplements reduced bloating over the entire recording period, with significant reductions in bloating, gas, and fullness during the dinner to bedtime period.

The authors concluded:

“The finding that pancreatic supplements reduce postprandial symptoms in healthy subjects suggests that these supplements also might be beneficial in irritable bowel syndrome.”

Digestive HealthIrritable Bowel Syndrome
Digestive EnzymesPancreatic Enzymes

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