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Supplements for Constipation

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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 concern when using glucomannan). Ground flaxseed, another source of fiber, may also be helpful. (Note: A concern with psyllium supplements is that tests by ConsumerLab found many to have relatively high levels of lead, a toxic heavy metal. See the results in ConsumerLab's Psyllium Fiber Supplements Review, which includes more information about psyllium, its uses, dosage, and safety.)

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).

Be aware that some supplements can cause constipation, including iron, calcium and others.

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Bart22831
June 27, 2021

I suffered from chronic constipation for years. Also I have a sensitive gut and cannot tolerate too many fibers. I found that eating one or two Kiwis per day completely solved the problem. And a single Kiwi contains several times more vitamin C than an orange. Also, I take 1 gm of the Ayurvedic herbal compound called Triphala. (I take this in tablet form.)

ConsumerLab.com
June 28, 2021

Kiwi is very healthful and it provides about 2 g of fiber (insoluble and soluble) per kiwi, which can help with constipation.

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