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Prunes Are A More Effective Treatment For Constipation Than Psyllium Fiber

February 15, 2011: 10:20 AM EST
Noting that there is an unmet need for natural and safe treatments for constipation, U.S. researchers found in an eight-week clinical study that dried plums (prunes) are a more effective treatment than psyllium fiber. Forty patients suffering from chronic constipation consumed either 50 grams of prunes a day (fiber content six grams) or 11 grams of psyllium a day (also six grams of fiber). The treatments were rated as equally palatable, safe and well tolerated. However, “the number of complete spontaneous bowel movements per week and stool consistency scores improved significantly with dried plums when compared to psyllium,” the researchers concluded.
Attaluri A, et al., "Randomised clinical trial: dried plums (prunes) vs. psyllium for constipation", Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics, February 15, 2011, © Blackwell Publishing Ltd
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