“Let Food Be Thy Medicine”: Diet and Supplements in Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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Abstract

Overview: The purpose of this review is to introduce options for dietary therapies and supplements for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). IBS is a common condition with heterogeneity in pathogenesis and clinical presentation. Current treatment options are targeted at symptom relief with medications. Patients naturally pursue dietary modifications when dealing with symptoms. Dietary therapy for IBS has been poorly studied in the past; however, newer evidence suggests the use of certain diets, such as the low FODMAP (fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols) diet, as an intervention in patients with IBS for symptom improvement. Exclusion strategies are frequently tried, such as gluten restriction or lactose avoidance, but lack quality evidence behind their use. Additionally, supplements, such as fiber, probiotics, and peppermint oil, have also been used for IBS with more recent data suggesting the use of these supplements with specific caveats.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)377-384
Number of pages8
JournalClinical and Experimental Gastroenterology
Volume14
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Dietary
  • Disease
  • FODMAP
  • Gluten
  • IBS
  • Microbiome
  • Probiotics
  • Sensitivity
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology

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