Stool Frequency Clinical Trial
A Prospective, Randomized, Placebo-controlled, Double-blind Study to Assess the Efficacy of Bacillus Coagulans Unique IS2 on Improving Bowel Movement Characteristics, Gastrointestinal-related Symptoms and Quality of Life in Healthy Adult Participants
This prospective, randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind study will be conducted to assess the efficacy of 2 billion CFU/day of B. coagulans Unique IS2 on improving bowel movement characteristics, gastrointestinal-related symptoms and quality of life in healthy adult participants who are experiencing more than 3.0 but less than 6.0 complete spontaneous bowel movements (CSBM) per week on average. Following a run-in period of 14 days to assess participants' baseline bowel habits, they are randomized to either B. coagulans or placebo for one month. The primary endpoint is change from baseline at 4 weeks in stool frequency in the test product group compared to the placebo group for average number of daily bowel movements over the week prior to the study visits. Secondary endpoints are stool frequency at weeks 1, 2, 3, stool quality measured by Bristol stool type scores, and gastrointestinal quality of life index (GIQLI) scores and subcategories (social, physical, emotional, symptoms).