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Is Yogurt Good for Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

There is no specific one time treatment for irritable bowel syndrome. You can only manage and treat the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. It is also seen that for some people foods help to manage the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, for some others, it only worsens the situations of the patients. Each individual requires a complete medical study before choosing in a symptom management procedure.

Is Yogurt Good for Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Yogurt is known to be a good for irritable bowel syndrome since it contains many helpful bacteria and probiotics. Strains of bifidobacteria and lactobacillus within the yogurt are known to restore the amount of good bacteria in our guts. Even then it is suggested that you should not attempt to treat your irritable bowel syndrome with yogurt especially if you are sensitive to any kind of diary product. Even if you can digest milk proteins, the bacteria within the yogurt may not be able to work on your symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome; instead the triggering will go on and will worsen your situation. Before choosing yogurt to include in your daily diet consult your physician who knows your case and find out if you are lactose intolerant.

Even though irritable bowel syndrome is often referred as an incurable disease, there are certain ways in which the patient can be almost cured of irritable bowel syndrome. Plain yogurt cannot be the treatment for irritable bowel syndrome but if it is fitted into a structured wellness plan made for you by the medical practitioners after studying your symptoms and knowing what you are sensitive to, yogurt can prove to be helpful. The main agenda is to keep avoiding or having minimum of any food that works as a trigger element for your digestive system. For understanding the same, a personalised medical protocol to treat irritable bowel syndrome is highly suggested by many doctors.

Is Yogurt Good for Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

How Yogurt helps to Reduce Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

According to the latest research report published by the Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, it is said that people who consume yogurt have a lesser tendency to develop belly distension. The experiment was done on 34 women 78% of belly distension was reduced when these women consumed probiotic yogurt. The reason behind this is that the yogurt contains a certain kind of bacteria known as bifidobacterium lactis DN-173 010 strain. This bacterium helps to develop the health of the stomach and is used widely in several brands of yogurt found in the market. The women on whom the test was performed kept a diary noting the change in gastrointestinal transit time, which improved over the week. The overall result was lowering of the abdominal pain and minimisation of various symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.

If the yogurt is found to contain bifidobacterium lactis DN-173 010, then even the University Hospital of South Manchester informed that the yogurt was found beneficial for the patients suffering from irritable bowel syndrome. The specific strand of bifidobacterium lactis DN- 173 010 is now being marketed well and it is being checked in the yogurts in the market contains the same. The name of this bacterium strand has been coined into Bifidus actiregularis. A medical demonstration is suggested by the researchers of this study so that this specific strand is introduced in all yogurts which will help in alleviating the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome troubling 20% of the population.


  1. Mayo Clinic. “Irritable Bowel Syndrome. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/irritable-bowel-syndrome/symptoms-causes/syc-20360016
  2. International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders. “Probiotics for Irritable Bowel Syndrome. https://www.iffgd.org/other-disorders/probiotics-for-ibs.html

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Last Modified On:August 9, 2023

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