Occasional constipation is a common condition affecting 15-20% of the United States population. It can be caused by stress, dehydration and factors related to diet and lifestyle choices. The prevalence of refined sugars and carbohydrates and the low presence of fiber in the Western diet have been linked to the slowing of bowel transit time and the alteration of the colonic environment. Dietary fiber is the indigestible part of plant foods that makes stool soft and thus enables smooth bowel movements, prevents occasional constipation and promotes healthy gastrointestinal (GI) microflora balance.
Fiber Plus is a natural fiber supplement containing a balanced ratio of soluble and insoluble fiber to help with occasional constipation and maintain long-term bowel regularity and health. The main ingredient in Fiber Plus, psyllium seed husks, is one of the most widely used fibers in natural bulk laxatives. Both the psyllium seeds and husks used in Fiber Plus are 100% organic and free of the contaminants often found in other sources of psyllium. In addition to psyllium, Fiber Plus includes rice bran for its glycemic balancing effects and pectin, a soluble fiber found in apples. Fig fruit and prune are also included because they contain natural compounds which act as mild colonic stimulants to relieve symptoms of occasional constipation. A three-capsule serving of Fiber Plus includes 2 g of fiber and offers a great alternative for those who prefer not to consume fiber in liquid form.
3 or more capsules per day with at least 8 oz. of liquid or as recommended by your health care professional
Psyllium Husks and Seeds
Several clinical trials have shown psyllium to be superior to other laxatives. A systematic review found psyllium husk to improve overall bowel regularity more effectively than lactulose. Psyllium has been found to be effective at increasing stool output and was found to improve the symptoms of occasional constipation increasing abdominal comfort and a sense of evacuation completeness, while reducing defecation effort.
In one animal study, giving 10 g per day of rice bran, including water soluble rice bran and rice bran fiber concentrates, resulted in significantly enhanced blood sugar balance and fasting blood sugar and lipid levels were maintained in the normal range. The extracts of rice bran have also been found to support cardiovascular health, a balanced inflammatory response and a healthy colon environment.
A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials showed consumption of several grams a day of pectin promotes healthy blood fats and maintains cholesterol levels already within a normal range.
The phytochemical properties of fig’s laxative effect are due to the bulk of seeds and fibers. In a double-blind, randomized controlled study of 20 patients with occasional functional bowel irregularity, supplementation with fig fruit increased frequency, reduced defecation time, improved abdominal comfort and heightened a sense of complete evacuation. Fig fruit supplementation also improved the symptoms of occasional irregularity, and the fruit has also been shown to maintain bulk in those with loose stools.
Prunes or dried prunes have 6.1 g of dietary fiber per 100 g, as well as large amounts of phenolic compounds which may aid in their efficacy for occasional constipation and glycemic support. The phenolic compounds in prunes have been found to inhibit oxidation of certain blood fat components in vitro, and thus may protect against oxidative damage. In addition, prunes have a high concentration of potassium and have been shown to support blood pressure and cardiovascular health.