Effect of dietary fiber on constipation: A meta analysis

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URL: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3544045/

Journal: World Journal of Gastroenterology

Publication Date: 12/2012

Summary: Dietary fiber intake can obviously increase stool frequency in patients with constipation. It does not obviously improve stool consistency, treatment success, laxative use and painful defecation.

Key Takeaways

While increased fiber in the diet can increase number of bowel movements if you are constipated, the increased fiber does not improve pain with bowel movements, successful treatment of constipation, or stool quality.

Fiber Is Not An Effective Treatment For Constipation

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