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GratefulSurvivor

Reged: 12/04/12
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Benebiotic, Fennel, and Apples
      #368756 - 12/07/12 06:40 AM

Has anyone tried Benebiotic as a probiotic for IBS?
I would be curious to hear of your results/comments.
http://www.benebiotics.com
Also, as I am researching various diets, I am seeking input on the safety of apples, applesauce, and apple pectin for IBS sufferers. One diet (fodmap) says to avoid apples.
One says apples are okay. One says to avoid fennel. Does that mean avoid the fennel tea as well?
I realize that each person's body is different, and it's really a matter of careful trial and error, but I appreciate any input anyone might have.
Thanks so much.

Sufferer of IBS-D, Crohn's and free of gluten, dairy, corn, soy, caffeine, and most meat

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Syl

Reged: 03/13/05
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Re: Benebiotic, Fennel, and Apples new
      #368759 - 12/07/12 11:29 AM

The probiotic benebiotic contains more than 1/2 gram of inulin per capsule. Inulin is a rapidly fermentable soluble fiber producing gas. It is known to a problem ingredient for individuals with IBS.

Very few probiotics have been clinically tested for efficacy for IBS. Some probiotics that have been clinically tested on individuals with IBS that showed some positive benefits are Align, VSL#3 and digestive advantage.

Things like apples, pears, melons, high fructose corn syrup, honey contain more of the sugar fructose than glucose. The excess fructose can be malabsorb ending up in the colon where it can be rapidly fermented by colonic bacteria producing gas and in some individuals D. If these foods cause problems for you then they should be avoid. If you don't know then you might ask your doctor for a breath test to find out if you malabsorb fructose. You can read a full explanation in the first link in my signature in the section on fructose.

Similarly the fennel plant bulb which can be cooked and eaten can be a problem for some people. However, fennel seed used in tea and then discard is not a problem.



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GratefulSurvivor

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Re: Benebiotic, Fennel, and Apples new
      #368775 - 12/10/12 06:18 AM

Thank you for the information. I really appreciate it.
What probiotic does Heather's Diet recommend for IBS sufferers?


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Syl

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Re: Benebiotic, Fennel, and Apples new
      #368777 - 12/10/12 06:38 AM

No particular probiotic is recommended for the EFI diet. The best thing to do is use a probiotic that has been clinically tested (see previous posting) for efficacy for IBS as these are the ones that are likely to have some benefit.

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Evidence-based Dietary Management of Functional GI Symptoms: The FODMAP Approach
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The Role of Food & Dietary Intervention in IBS

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GratefulSurvivor

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Re: Benebiotic, Fennel, and Apples new
      #368787 - 12/13/12 02:48 PM

Thank you!
Unfortunately, I have not found a dairy-free probiotic or one that is free of FOS short chain/long chain that has also been clinically proven to help IBS.
If you know of one, please let me know.

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Cyndy

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two things new
      #368788 - 12/13/12 03:36 PM

Fennel is a great root veggie that is very good for IBS. Also, the amount of dairy in the probiotics are so minute, they should not effect your IBS at all. Most gi's advice VSL3 or align, in my experience.



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Re: Benebiotic, Fennel, and Apples new
      #368790 - 12/14/12 05:54 AM

VSL#3 and Digestive Advantage are dairy & FOS free. Align has a minuscule amount of dairy left over from the extract of the probiotic from the growing media and it is FOS free. VSL#3 web site says "Some dairy ingredients are used in the culture medium but are removed during manufacturing."

FOS (fructans) like inulin are short chained carbohydrates.

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The FODMAP Approach to Managing IBS Symptoms
Evidence-based Dietary Management of Functional GI Symptoms: The FODMAP Approach
FODMAP Chart & Cheatsheet
The Role of Food & Dietary Intervention in IBS

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