Exploring New and Old Health News Today – Irritable Bowel Syndrome what else can help?
Many suffer with Irritable Bowel syndrome which is described as a “widespread condition involving recurrent abdominal pain and diarrhoea or constipation, often associated with stress, depression, anxiety, or previous intestinal infection”. The UK has an estimation of 17% prevalence (BJMP, 2013). We’ve already discussed that zinc carnosine has proven results in terms of helping to promote intestinal repair (Mahood et al, 2007) effect on the digestive system in this News Flash.
What else can help with Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Another biological agent used to help with IBS symptoms is peppermint, something we do not regularly associate with medical practice. Peppermint is rich in menthol, a smooth muscle relaxant that is proposed to reduce the amount of cramping and pain that accompanies IBS. In a review of 16 clinical trials by Grigoleit and Grigoleit (2005) into its use with IBS sufferers, an average response rate of 58% with peppermint compared to a 29% response rates from a placebo was apparent in relieving painful cramps associated with IBS.
This review provides evidence that peppermint can have pain-relieving benefits for IBS sufferers. However this may only mask symptoms, so the use of peppermint could be used for pain relief whilst other supplements used to directly treat IBS. As well as taken Zinc Carnosine to help stabilise the gut using peppermint is associated with fewer painful cramps associated with irritable bowel syndrome. Try taking some natural peppermint tea if you suffer with IBS.
MAHMOOD, A., FITZGERALD, A. J., MARCHBANK, T., NTATSAKI, E., MURRAY, D., GHOSH, S. & PLAYFORD, R. J. 2007. Zinc carnosine, a health food supplement that stabilises small bowel integrity and stimulates gut repair processes. Gut, 56, 168.