(Last Updated On: April 24, 2018)

Ten to one, when you hear the term ‘probiotics’ you’re going to think of diarrhea.

However, it is the issue opposite of diarrhea – constipation – that seems to be more common than diarrhea.

According to the Harvard Health Blog, constipation accounts for 3.2 million hospital visits each year in the United States.

So, the question is, can probiotics be of use in constipation?

I’m only too happy to tell you, Yes They Can.

Studies show that various probiotics reduce gut transit time, increase the frequency of bowel evacuations and soften stool, all of which can ease constipation.

To help you select the best probiotic brand for constipation, I reviewed 20 probiotic brands to list out the 5 best probiotics for constipation.

At A Glance: The Best Probiotics  For Constipation

Nutrition Essentials 1 Rated Probiotic – Most CFU’s per Bottle stimulates improved bowel habits and stimulates a feeling of satiety that your bowel has been cleared.

Probiotic 40 Billion CFU. Guaranteed Potency until Expiration from BioScwartz helps you feel more energetic while reducing constipation.

Digestive Enzymes Plus Prebiotics & Probiotics – Natural Gluten Free Support from Zenwise Health can make pooping less straining and also help you deal with Functional Gastro-Intestinal Disorder.

EndoMune Advanced Probiotic – Only GI Doc Developed Probiotic Supplement includes 10 different probiotic strains and can deal with a wide number of issues that may cause constipation.

Probiotic Pearls Acidophilus Once Daily Probiotic Supplement from Enzymatic are very small softgel pearls that can be swallowed easily and deal with constipation and skin issues.

01. Nutrition Essentials 1 Rated Probiotic – Most CFU’s per Bottle Review

Let me mention upfront that generally I prefer products that include multiple probiotic strains. There is no consensus that multiple strains make a better product, mind you; I just happen to be in the ‘multiple strains’ camp.

That being said, I chose this particular product irrespective of the fact that it includes only one strain – Bacillus coagulans – because it offers a well-rounded solution to constipation.

  1. It stimulates improved bowel habits.
  2. It reduces the feeling of incomplete bowel evacuation which is key to eliminating constipation-related discomfort.
  3. It offers some other benefits like reducing excessive cholesterol, specifically, the low density kind of cholesterol which is bad for your heart.

With improved bowel habits, you should rapidly start experiencing more frequent evacuations.

In turn this should reduce bloating and any other discomfort you’ve been experiencing. It should also reduce that irritating ‘full’ feeling constipation sometimes leads to.

I would say you may start easing off of antacids (of course provided your acidity is due to constipation; acidity from some other trigger will persist) and start going to the loo more frequently within a fortnight of startin to take this probiotic.

One thing you should note is that you should take this on an empty stomach and then refrain from eating for an hour or two after you’ve taken it. I think that would help you reap the maximum benefit.

Another good thing is that it doesn’t require refrigeration which makes it a handy carry-along when you’re travelling.

On the other hand the pills/caplets may be a bit large for some people. Regardless, I would advise you to try to wash them down whole.

If you find you may choke, you may cut the pill but that will expose the probiotic content inside to stomach acids that will kill off much of the probiotic bacteria.

I would recommend you shift to another product rather than take a cut pill if you’re taking this to reduce constipation.

The probiotic strains are listed below.

CFU Count – 15 billion.

Bacillus coagulans• Improves bowel movement.
• Increases frequency of defecation.
• May reduce feeling of incomplete defecation.
Other benefits – Can reduce excessive insulin and cholesterol.
Directions

  • You should take the pills on an empty stomach.
  • Do not take more than 2 pills within 24 hours.

What I Liked

Improves frequency of bowel evacuation.

Improves bowel movement.

Stops the feeling of incomplete evacuation.

Should stop bloating and related problems.

Does not require refrigeration.

What I Didn’t Like

The pills/caplets may be a bit too large for some users.

If you get discomfort, reduce usage to one a day or one every alternate day.

02. Probiotic 40 Billion CFU. Guaranteed Potency until Expiration from BioScwartzReview

Probiotic 40 Billion CFU Review

With 4 probiotic strains, this product can hold its own helping you stare down constipation and making your bowel movement more regular and wholesome.

I would say one essential benefit of this supplement is that it includes 2 probiotic strains – L. acidophilus and L. plantarum – that fight Helicobacter pylori.

  1. H. pylori is a bacterium that sometimes causes the G.I. tract to become permeable (the so-called ‘leaky gut’ condition) that can lead to constipation. It has other harmful effects as well and if your probiotic supplement can fix it, it’s a plus for sure.

It does not require refrigeration which is convenient if you want to carry it along while travelling. However you should not expose it to direct sunlight.

You should feel the change within a fortnight to 30 days of starting to take the supplement; perhaps sooner.

Evacuation frequency should increase, digestion should improve and issues like bloating should go away. You should also stop feeling ‘full’ like many suffering from constipation do.

Sometimes constipation makes one lethargic; in that case you should start feeling livelier and energetic.

Apart from that, this supplement should help you deal with skin issues, especially candida growth.

The supplement is definitely free of dairy products. However the probiotic strains are cultured in a dairy medium and someone highly allergic to dairy products may experience ill effects.

The probiotic strains are listed below.

CFU Count – 40 billion.

Lactobacillus acidophilus• Fights H. pylori, a bacteria that can cause constipation.
• Relieves Irritable Bowel Syndrome one of whose symptms is constipation.
Other benefits – Boosts iron and some forms of vitamin B; improves heart health.
Lactobacillus paracasei• Increases butyric acid which is known to be beneficial against constipation.
• Directly reduces constipation.
Other benefits – Boosts immunity and resists allergic diseases.
Bifidobacterium lactis• Increases stool frequency.
• Encourages evacuation.
Other benefits – Reduces obesity; beneficial for diabetes.
Lactobacillus plantarum• Reduces intestinal transit time.
• Fights H. pylori, a bacteria which causes constipation.
Other benefits – Increases absorption of iron and calcium; improves cardiovascular health.

Directions

  • Take 1 capsule in the morning and 1 in the evening.
  • Do not take more than 2 capsules in a day.

What I Liked

 The capsules should be small enough to be swallowed with water.

 You should see results within a fortnight to 30 days.

 Evacuation/defacation should become more frequent.

 Digestive issues, bloating etc should cease.

 You should stop feeling ‘full’.

 Also helps with skin issues like candida.

What I Didn’t Like

You may experience some initial side effects like excess gas.

If you are severely allergic to dairy, this may not be the supplement for you.

03. Digestive Enzymes Plus Prebiotics & Probiotics – Natural Gluten Free Support from Zenwise Health Review

This supplement includes 8 different strains of probiotic bacteria. As I mentioned before, multiple strains are always a positive.

And the strains have been selected carefully so they add up to help you deal with most aspects of constipation.

There are several strains which fight Helicobacter pylori, a bacterium that may cause constipation.

B. bifidum fights Functional Gastro-Intestinal Disorder (FGID).

FGID is a disorder in which you experience symptoms in the mid or lower GI tract that has no clear anatomical or biochemical cause. FGID causes constipation.

In addition, medical FGID treatment involves a number of different medicines to treat the various symptoms. You can probably guess it’s an advantage if a single supplement can help suppress the FGID.

In addition, some of the probiotics can act as anti-depressants which is required in fighting FGID.

You should start seeing results within a week, three weeks at most.

Evacuation/defecation becomes more frequent and your stools will soften and become bulkier. You should also need to strain less.

Attendant symptoms like bloating should also subside.

The capsules are a bit large though; be careful you don’t choke.

The probiotic strains are listed below.

CFU Count – 1 billion/gm.

Lactobacillus acidophilus• Fights H. pylori, a bacteria that can cause constipation.
• Relieves Irritable Bowel Syndrome one of whose symptms is constipation.
Other benefits – Boosts iron and some forms of vitamin B; improves heart health.
Lactobacillus salivarius• Fights H. pylori, a bacteria that can cause constipation.
Other benefits – Antibacterial and fights obesity.
Lactobacillus rhamnosus• Fights Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). IBS sometimes causes constipation.
• May increase intestinal motility which should ease constipation away.
Other benefits – Fights obesity and is beneficial at reducing fatty liver.
Lactobacillus helveticus• Boosts butyrate levels which relieves some symptoms of constipation.
Other benefits – Improves sleep; reduces anxiety and depression and is antioxidant.
Bifidobacterium bifidum• Fights Functional Gastro-Intestinal Disorder (FGID), a disorder which leads to constipation.
Other benefits – Busts stress; lowers cholesterol and boosts immunity.
Bifidobacterium lactis• Increases stool frequency.
• Encourages evacuation.
Other benefits – Reduces obesity; beneficial for diabetes.
Bifidobacterium breve• Increases frequency of defacation and reduces abdominal pain both of which are symptoms of constipation.
Other benefits – Boosts skin health; fights allergies and helps deal with obesity.
Bifidobacterium longum• Encourages evacuation of the bowels.
• Reduces the need for straining.
Other benefits – Boosts immunity and soothes inflammation.

Directions

  • Take one capsule before each meal.
  • You can wash them down with water.
  • Start with 2 capsules a day. If you feel you need more, raise usage to thrice a day (for example, before breakfast, lunch and dinner).

What I Liked

 You should start seeing the benefits within 3 weeks at the most.

 It includes strains that fight H. pylori and Functional Gastro-Intestinal Disorder both of which can cause constipation.

 Stools should soften and become bulkier.

 Evacuation should regularize.

 You will need to strain less while pooping.

What I Didn’t Like

 The capsules may a bit large for some users.

Some users may experience some digestive issues initially. If they don’t subside within a week or two, reduce the dosage. If they still persist, stop taking this supplement.

04. EndoMune Advanced Probiotic – Only GI Doc Developed Probiotic SupplementReview

In terms of diversity of strains, this one is the jackpot. It includes 10 different probiotics ranging from L. acidophilus to S. Thermohilus.

And they have been chosen carefully to address most issues that can cause constipation as well as problems arising from constipation such as gas.

2 of the strains fight Helicobacter pylori which is a bacterium that causes constipation.

Over and above constipation also an H. pylori infection is a serious issue. Medical treatment involves a number of different medicines which makes any additional recourse against the bacterium welcome.

Another less common disorder that causes constipation is diverticulitis – inflammation and/or infection in the GI tract – and this probiotic can be an efficient supplement to medical treatment.

It should also make you poop more, boost stool volume and reduce the need to strain while pooping.

Apart from constipation it boosts skin health and suppresses cold and cough and allergies.

You should start feeling an improvement in your condition within a week of starting to take it.

One significant advantage of this supplement is it seems to cause less gas (during an initial ‘cleansing’ of your body you may face some gas and like issues) than most other probiotics.

So, if your current probiotic for constipation (or cold and cough or skin issues etc) is causing gas, you may consider switching to this.

The probiotic strains are listed below.

CFU Count – 20 billion.

Lactobacillus acidophilus• Fights H. pylori, a bacteria that can cause constipation.
• Relieves Irritable Bowel Syndrome one of whose symptms is constipation.
Other benefits – Boosts iron and some forms of vitamin B; improves heart health.
Lactobacillus rhamnosus• Fights Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). IBS sometimes causes constipation.
• May increase intestinal motility which should ease constipation away.
Other benefits – Fights obesity and is beneficial at reducing fatty liver.
Lactobacillus plantarum• Reduces intestinal transit time.
• Fights H. pylori, a bacteria which causes constipation.
Other benefits – Increases absorption of iron and calcium; improves cardiovascular health.
Lactococcus lactis• Boosts defecation frequency and stool volume.
Other benefits – Boosts immunity and skin health.
Lactobacillus casei• Relieves various constipation-related symptoms.
Other benefits – Busts stress and boosts immunity.
Bifidobacterium longum• Encourages evacuation of the bowels.
• Reduces the need for straining.
Other benefits – Boosts immunity and soothes inflammation.
Bifidobacterium bifidum• Fights Functional Gastro-Intestinal Disorders (FGID), a disorder which leads to constipation.
Other benefits – Busts stress; lowers cholesterol and boosts immunity.
Bifidobacterium lactis• Increases stool frequency.
• Encourages evacuation.
Other benefits – Reduces obesity; beneficial for diabetes.
Bifidobacterium breve• Increases frequency of defacation and reduces abdominal pain both of which are symptoms of constipation.
Other benefits – Boosts skin health; fights allergies and helps deal with obesity.
Streptococcus thermophilus• Fights Inflammatory Bowel Disease, a disease that can cause constipation.
Other benefits – Boosts skin health and immunity.

Directions

  • Take a capsule a day; take them on an empty stomach.
  • If you don’t see results within a week, up dosage to twice a day.

What I Liked

10 different probiotic strains.

Should increase frequency of evacuation, stool volume and reduce the need to strain while defacating.

Can help fight a number of disorders like H.pylori infection, FGID and diverticulitis that can cause constipation.

Also helps with cold and cough, allergies and skin issues.

You should start seeing results within a week.

Less side effects (especially gas) than many other probiotic supplements.

What I Didn’t Like

May not produce the best results in some users.

05. Probiotic Pearls Acidophilus Once Daily Probiotic Supplement from Enzymatic Review

The pearls/softgels are tiny in size and should easily be swallowed.

What on Earth is a softgel?

A softgel is one form in which medicine may be orally administered.

Typically it consists of a gelatin-based shell around a liquid fill.

According to Enzymatic, these particular pearls have 3 layers of protection to keep the probiotics from being spoilt by exposure to moisture and air AND from being destroyed by stomach acids.

  1. acidophilus helps you fight Helicobacter pylori infections. As you may have read earlier, a H. pylori infection can cause constipation and many other problems.

The supplement should also boost stool volume, reduce straining while evacuating and ease bloating. Abdominal pain from constipation should also cease to be a problem.

Indigestion, nausea and some skin issues like yeast infections and breakouts should all be history.

The probiotic strains are listed below.

CFU Count – 1billion.

Lactobacillus acidophilus• Fights H. pylori, a bacteria that can cause constipation.
• Relieves Irritable Bowel Syndrome one of whose symptms is constipation.
Other benefits – Boosts iron and some forms of vitamin B; improves heart health.
Bifidobacterium longum• Encourages evacuation of the bowels.
• Reduces the need for straining.
Other benefits – Boosts immunity and soothes inflammation.

Directions

  • A pearl a day to help keep constipation at bay.
  • Can be taken with or without food.

What I Liked

 Small pearls can be swallowed easily.

 Helps fight H. pylori infection.

 Boosts stool volume and reduces straining.

 Should stop associated problems like abdominal pain and indigestion.

 The supplement may also help with skin issues like yeast infection.

What I Didn’t Like

 NOT certified dairy-free.

 May take up to 2 months to work fully.

What should you look for in selecting a probiotic for constipation?

One may think this is a silly question to ask. If you’re searching for a probiotic to deal with constipation, you’d look for strains that fight constipation, right?

That’s true, but there’s more you should look for.

One, constipation results in some associated problems like indigestion and depression. For an all-round solution to constipation you’d want some strains to deal with those problems as well.

Two, sometimes constipation results from larger issues like

  • pylori infection.
  • Functional Gastro-Intestinal Disorder (FGID).

You’d want your probiotic supplement to help deal with those issues as well, striking at the root cause of constipation.

Then of course there are the issues that are common to any probiotic.

CFU Count CFU stands for ‘Colony Forming Unit’. It’s a measure of how many bacteria there are in the supplement. Generally, a CFU Count between 5 billion to 50 billion is considered good.

Delivery System This refers to the form of the probiotic – whether it’s a pearl or a pill, a capsule etc. There are 2 issues to watch out for

  • One, whether it’s convenient to take. That is, whether it’s fairly small, easy to swallow and whether it leaves any aftertaste.
  • Two, whether it can withstand body acids. The probiotic will have to go a long way through the GI tract before reaching the gut. Along the way it will be exposed to a lot of body acids. Unless it’s adequately protected, it will degrade and adequate probiotic bacteria may not reach your gut.

Potency This is a guarantee that your product will maintain its strength (in terms of CFU) till its expiry date. That is, a 50 CFU Probiotic won’t reduce to 40 CFU after a few months.

Shelf Stability This one is related to potency. It means that potency will be maintained if you keep the product on a shelf, that is, if you don’t refrigerate it. However if you want, you can always refrigerate it, there’s no harm.

Clearly labelled additives You should look for the additives, whether they’re labelled clearly. Many possible additives irritate users. In particular I’d recommend you use Probiotics that are non-GMO, gluten-free, dairy-free and soy-free.

So, I’ve given you a lot of info based on which you can select a probiotic for constipation by yourself but I think I can do you one better.

I can clearly point to one of my top 5 probiotic supplements for constipation as the absolute best.

EndoMune Advanced Probiotic – Only GI Doc Developed Probiotic Supplement

One, it has a decent CFU Count at 20 billion.

Two it has a number of different probiotic strains, all of which contribute to the fight against constipation.

Three it includes strains that help fight against H. pylori infection, FGID and diverticulitis which are serious issues that can cause constipation, among other things.

Four you should feel the change within a week.

Five it leads to less gas during the initial phase of use than many other supplements.

Six it can also deal with issues like cold and cough and some skin problems.

That’s about it.

If you feel there’s a probiotic for constipation I’ve missed, drop a comment.

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