Anyone tried Mintec/probiotics? Any use?

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tiedinknots
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   Posted 6/10/2009 2:09 AM (GMT -7)   
 
I have painful intestinal spasms and I've heard these peppermint oil capsules called Mintec can help. Has anyone here actually tried using them, and are they worth a go?
 
 
 
 
Also I've been told I may have bacterial overgrowth and that probiotics could help. I finished one bottle but I wasn't sure if it did and it cost me $30 Aussie bucks for one little bottle. Has anyone used them for longer and found they're useful for easing diarrhoea/wind/pain? Would you recommend them as worth the expense? Here's the one I briefly tried.
 
Ethical nutrients IBS Support capsules.
 
I'd like to know because this stuff is pretty dear in the quantities and length of time I'd need to be taking them, and I want to know if they actually make any difference.  Thanks. :-)

Post Edited (tiedinknots) : 6/10/2009 3:34:39 AM (GMT-6)


hvanvorous
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   Posted 6/10/2009 9:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there,

The best thing (other than prescription medication) for intestinal spasms is peppermint. You can get peppermint tea or take the peppermint capsules. When buying peppermint tea, make sure that the volatile oil content is very high as this is what yeilds the medicinal benefits. www.helpforibs.com. has excellent tea and peppermint capsules just for IBS. I would also take a look at the website for lasting help regarding IBS. The information is crucial to your stabalization. Go ahead and print up the IBS Patient Handout by clicking on this link. http://www.helpforibs.com/diet/cheatsheet.asp. This gives a list of soluble/insoluble fiber foods and trigger foods to stay away from.

Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth can SOMETIMES be controlled by probiotics if it's a minor case. However, if it's simply out of control, you may need to take antibiotics and then help to reinoculate your gut afterwards with probiotics. I would probably see if the probiotics work first and then consult with your physician if they haven't. Make sure the probiotic contains 3 or more strains of bacteria and the colonizing units are in the billions. Also ingredients like FOS and inulin cause more gas and bloating and really are not probiotics. Watch out for those.

I hope this helps!

tiedinknots
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   Posted 6/11/2009 5:04 AM (GMT -7)   
ok, thanks

tiedinknots
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   Posted 6/16/2009 11:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Ok, I've started my trial of Mintec yesterday night. I've started to get the slight heartburn that was listed in the side effects, and I'm still having my old friends bloating and diarrhea, but I'll keep you posted if the capsules improve anything for me.

Post Edited (tiedinknots) : 6/16/2009 12:58:37 PM (GMT-6)


lmed255
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   Posted 6/18/2009 9:20 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi

I'm from the UK and have been suffering with IBS since i was young.

The doctor gave me some peppermint capsules when i was first diagnosed, i didnt find that they helped at all. However with some careful experimenting i have found a few things which do help me....

Take probiotics! They are fanatstic, stick with them sometimes they can make problems a little worse the first couple of days but after that they really help- but only if you are buying good quality ones. I use Quest Vitamins ones but i dont know if you can get those is Australia, have a look at their website and check it out.

I also rub peppermint oil into my tummy when i am feeling uncomfortable. I had a food intolerance test and i was intolerant to wheat and chocolate : ( I can have very dark chocolate occasionaly without any spymtoms. Cutting out wheat really helped- bt everyone is different u might be intolerant to sumthing else so go for a test.

Hope this helps...

 


tiedinknots
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   Posted 6/19/2009 9:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks! Yes I find dark chocolate is better, but that's possibly due to lactose intolerance. I've found foods I get away with better than others, but I still have bad symptoms.
 
I tried the Mintec for a few days, I think it may have made things a little worse. I got the indigestion, some D +pain and worse wind than usual. Also a bloated feeling of pressure under my ribs on the left side, which is new. I skipped Mintec last night because I didn't want to risk a reaction when I went to a dental appointment, and matters improved a little except the wind.
 
Should I continue taking them and see if it gets better? I've been on it for only a few days.
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