The overall effectiveness of using probiotics for constipation is under investigation. While it has not been scientifically proven as a cure, probiotics work well as preventative agents for a number of digestive issues. Power of Probiotics states that probiotics can affect constipation by assisting in the proper development and function of the intestines. They accomplish this by balancing water and electrolyte absorption, controlling harmful microbes and helping maintain regularity.
According to WebMD, specific probiotic organisms appear to be effective for particular illnesses, so choosing the right kind is very important. There are many probiotic species that have been found beneficial for treating constipation, but because every body is different, what works in one case might not in another.
Power of Probiotics suggests that since Bifidobacterium reside predominantly in the colon and constipation is a problem that occurs mainly in the colon, patients should start with a Bifidobacterium species such as B. bifidum, B. longum, B. animalis and B. infantis. Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus also enhance regularity and the secretion of mucous that softens stools and aids in elimination. Probiotic supplements should also be paired with a diet containing raw foods that are high in fiber, probiotic-rich foods such as yogurt and sauerkraut, and probiotic drinks.