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Can Baker’s Yeast Help Improve The Symptoms Of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

 April 27, 2022   Return


Professor Pierre Desreumaux

Head of Inflammatory Diseases Research Unit Lille University, France


Worldwide, the WHO places the figure of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) sufferers at approximately 800 million. In Malaysia, IBS is estimated to affect 15.6 % of the population. The condition exacts a high cost both directly (in the form of physician visits, investigative tests and medicines) and indirectly (anxiety and loss of productivity at school and at work). The total global cost incurred due to IBS is estimated at US$21 billion.

Recently, studies found that the baker’s yeast strain known as Saccharomyces cerevisiae CNCM I-3856 when taken daily can provide relief for IBS symptoms.

Professor Pierre Desreumaux said that clinically and scientifically sound results point to S cerevisiae CNCM I-3856’s ability to provide relief for abdominal symptoms of IBS such as pain and generalized discomfort. Improvements to gastrointestinal pain and discomfort can be noticed from the first week of treatment onwards, and at 2 weeks from the start of consumption, peak symptom resolution is achieved.

Also, the probiotic boasts of a broad range of therapeutic properties, some linked to its pain-alleviating properties. Prof Desreumaux said the probiotic is suitable for anyone suffering from indigestion, food poisoning, food allergies or intolerance, constipation, diarrhoea, bloating, overeating, anxiety, depression, stomach flu or even menstrual pain.


Saccharomyces cerevisiae CNCM I-3856 secretes saccharolytic enzymes and assists intestina flora by generating short-chain fatty acids that accelerate bowel movement. It also acts as a visceral analgesic, increasing resistance to pain by up to 40 percent.

Additionally, it also acts as an anti-inflammatory agent to combat intestinal inflammation. To top it all off, the probiotic rebalances microbial composition in the gut as it has been shown to reduce harmful bacteria such as Enterococcus sppEscherichia coli and Candida albicans. The result is decreased inflammation, bloating, pain, discomfort, constipation—all of which are symptoms of IBS. HT

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