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Seaweed may play part in IBS treatment

Seaweed may play part in IBS treatment

According to the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is one of the most common digestive issues around the world, and affects roughly 10 to 15 percent of the adult population in America. In fact, between 2.4 million and 3.5 million physician visits every year are devoted to IBS treatment, despite the fact that as many as 70 percent of people with IBS don't consult a doctor. 

With these statistics in mind, it's clear that intervention may help millions of Americans enjoy better health, particularly because IBS can cause extreme discomfort and has been linked to heightened risk of colon cancer, ovarian cancer and other potentially life-threatening ailments. This week, News Medical reported that researchers are working on a new avenue of treatment that combines seaweed nutrients with starch, and can potentially provide IBS relief without many of the frustrating aspects of current therapies.

"We wanted to create a fiber with a slow rate of fermentation to avoid rapid expansion of the gut and thus decrease the likelihood of common side effects of conventionally used fibers like bloating," said Dr. Ali Keshavarzian of Rush University Medical Center. 

The newly engineered dietary fiber has already gone through a phase 1 clinical trial with favorable results, and the researchers will be overseeing phase 2 this year. 

While this treatment does hold promise for the millions of Americans who struggle with IBS, anyone can benefit from adding seaweed nutrients to their diet. Seagreens® seaweed is a natural multi-nutrient whole food containing all the vitamin groups, minerals and trace elements. Seagreens® is part of a research project at Teesside University, UK, which is demonstrating the beneficial effects of Seagreens as a prebiotic and its potential to benefit IBS sufferers and more. Try it today as Food Capsules, The Mineral Salt and more. 

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