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8/16/2016

Inulin for Constipation

A small study among men and women with constipation found that inulin, a type of prebiotic, was able to modestly increase the frequency of bowel movements in men and women with constipation. For details, evidence for other uses of prebiotics and our tests of products, see the Probiotics Supplements Review >>
10/24/2015

Probiotic Helps with Constipation

A recent study found that taking a particular probiotic twice a day after meals significantly increased the number of bowel movements in people with chronic constipation. For details about the probiotic and dose, see the Probiotic Supplements Review >>
7/14/2020

Precaution When Taking Iron

Supplementing with iron can cause constipation and even bowel obstruction. Find how to reduce these risks when taking iron in the ConsumerTips section of the Iron Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for iron.
6/26/2021

Caution With Too Much Magnesium

Magnesium can be an effective laxative, but taking too much magnesium can be very dangerous, as was recently reported. Get the details in the Concerns and Cautions section of our Magnesium Supplements Review.

Also see our answer to the question: Which supplements can help treat constipation?
8/07/2021

Curcumin for Indigestion?

How well does curcumin (from turmeric) improve digestive symptoms such as indigestion, diarrhea or constipation? See what a new study found in the What It Does section of our Turmeric and Curcumin Supplements & Spices Review. Also see our Top Picks among turmeric and curcumin products.