Initial Posting: 7/20/2016    Last Update: 7/29/2020
Question: Which supplements can help treat constipation?
Answer: A number of supplements may be helpful in treating or preventing constipation. Fiber supplements, such as psyllium and glucomannan (a water-soluble fiber) may help to relieve constipation (Note: there is a safety concernwhen using glucomannan). Ground flaxseed, another source of fiber, may also be helpful. (See ConsumerLab.com's Fiber Supplements Webinar for more information about these supplements for constipation as well as for other uses.)
A specific probiotic product was found to significantly increase the number of bowel movements per week in people with chronic constipation. (Other strains have been found to be helpful for constipation associated with IBS).
Magnesium and aloe vera juice (with latex) can help to relieve constipation due to their laxative effects (Note: There are safety concerns with aloe latex -- see the "Concerns and Cautions" section of the Aloe Vera Review before using).
See the Encyclopedia article about Constipation for information about other proposed treatments.