Saccharomyces boulardii is a yeast obtained from the skin of plants such as lychee and mangosteen. Saccharomyces boulardii is believed to have long been used in certain medical systems and is now available as a dietary supplement to help treat a variety of gastrointestinal disorders.
In alternative medicine, Saccharomyces boulardii is believed to help with the following conditions:
- Crohn's disease
- irritable bowel syndrome
- ulcerative colitis
Although Saccharomyces boulardii is commonly used as a remedy for gastrointestinal problems, some people also use it for acne, canker sores, high cholesterol, urinary tract infections, and yeast infections.
Here's a look at the scientific evidence supporting the effects of Saccharomyces boulardii in various diseases.
According to a report published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology in 2010, Saccharomyces boulardii can help treat and / or prevent certain gastrointestinal disorders. For this report, the researchers analyzed 27 clinical trials that tested the use of Saccharomyces boulardii in a variety of medical conditions. … They found strong evidence that Saccharomyces boulardii can help prevent both traveler's diarrhea and antibiotic- associated diarrhea.
Additionally, the report indicates that Saccharomyces boulardii shows promise in treating irritable bowel syndrome , acute diarrhea in adults, and Crohn 's disease. However, the authors note that more research is needed before Saccharomyces boulardii can be recommended for these conditions.
There is also some evidence that Saccharomyces boulardii can help treat ulcerative colitis. For example, a pilot study published in the European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology in 2003 showed that ulcerative colitis patients can benefit from the use of Saccharomyces boulardii in combination with mesalazine (an anti-inflammatory drug used to treat inflammatory bowel disease). In a study of 25 patients with mild to moderate exacerbation of ulcerative colitis, Saccharomyces boulardii was taken three times daily for four weeks during maintenance treatment with mesalazine. Of the 24 patients who completed the study, 17 were in remission at the end of the study.
Saccharomyces boulardii may also help treat acute diarrhea in babies, according to a 2011 study published in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition . The study involved 186 babies hospitalized within 72 hours of the onset of acute diarrhea, each of whom received Saccharomyces boulardii or a placebo for five days. Among the 176 babies who completed the study, those treated with Saccharomyces boulardii had a significantly shorter duration of diarrhea (compared to those in the placebo group).
Possible side effects.
As with other supplements, little is known about the safety of long-term or regular use due to a lack of research.
Saccharomyces boulardii can cause certain side effects (such as gas and bloating). In addition, there is some concern that the use of Saccharomyces boulardii may cause fungemia (a condition characterized by the presence of fungi in the blood). The elderly , infants, critically ill or immunosuppressed patients, and people with colitis, cancer, or central disease. venous catheters, and for any chronic or acute condition, the use of Saccharomyces boulardii should be avoided or used only after consulting a healthcare professional.
Since Saccharomyces boulardii is a yeast, people with a yeast allergy are advised to avoid its use .
Dosage and preparation
There is insufficient scientific evidence to determine the recommended dose for Saccharomyces boulardii. Various doses have been used in research studies.
For example, in a study on traveler's diarrhea, a dose of 250-1000 mg of Saccharomyces boulardii was used daily for one month. And in a study that looked at the effect on diarrhea in people taking antibiotics, the most commonly used dose is 250 to 500 mg of Saccharomyces boulardii taken 2 to 4 times a day for up to two weeks. In most cases, the daily doses do not exceed 1000 mg per day .
The right dose for you may depend on factors such as your age, gender, and medical history. Talk to your doctor for personalized advice.
What to look for
Supplements containing Saccharomyces boulardii are widely available for purchase online at many health food stores, drug stores, and supplement stores.
Note that the safety of supplements has not been tested and that nutritional supplements are largely unregulated. In some cases, the product can deliver doses that differ from the amount indicated for each herb. In other cases, the product may be contaminated with other substances such as metals. Additionally, the safety of the supplements for pregnant women, nursing mothers, children, and people with medical conditions or taking medications has not been established.
Due to limited research, it is too early to recommend Saccharomyces boulardii for the treatment of any medical condition. It is also important to note that self-medication for a disease and avoiding or delaying standard treatment can have serious consequences. If you plan to use it for any wellness purpose, consult your doctor first.