Navigation Links
Soluble Fiber, But Not Bran, Soothes Irritable Bowel
Date:8/28/2009

Nutrient known as psyllium seems to ease symptoms, study finds

FRIDAY, Aug. 28 (HealthDay News) -- People with the chronic condition known as irritable bowel syndrome may find relief by consuming soluble fiber (psyllium).

But they'll get no relief -- and perhaps more bowel upset -- from bran, a new Dutch study found.

IBS, which involves chronic abdominal discomfort and irregular bowel habits, affects about one in 10 Americans. Some experts have advised increased intake of dietary fiber, but data on the effectiveness of this approach has been limited.

In the study, published online Aug. 28 in BMJ, a team at the University Medical Center Utrecht had 275 adult patients with IBS consume either 10 grams of psyllium (soluble fiber), bran (insoluble fiber) or a placebo twice daily for three months. They then checked patient symptoms at one, two and three months, including abdominal pain and quality of life.

The researchers found psyllium to be most effective in treating IBS. After three months of follow-up, people taking psyllium had a 90-point drop in symptom severity, on average. This compared to a 58-point drop among those taking bran and 49-point drop for those taking the placebo. While symptom severity was eased, the researchers found no difference between the groups in terms of abdominal pain or quality of life.

Bran showed "no clinically relevant benefit," the researchers said in a news release. In fact, many patients couldn't tolerate the bran and this group experienced the highest dropout rate.

The findings suggest that psyllium, but not bran, may be a useful first treatment approach to help manage IBS, the researchers said, while bran may not help -- or may even exacerbate -- the condition.

More information

To learn more about irritable bowel syndrome, visit the U.S. National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse.



-- E.J. Mundell



SOURCE: BMJ, news release, Aug. 28, 2009


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Mike Bridges Takes Home Four Gold Medals at IPF Masters World Powerlifting Championships; Says NutraCeas RiSolubles(R) is an Essential Part of his Training Regimen
2. Metametrix Introduces the New Fat-Soluble Vitamins Profile - A Snapshot of Overall Nutrition
3. More Fiber, Less Fat Help Prevent Ovarian Cancer
4. Allergic disease linked to irritable bowel syndrome
5. Abuse history affects pain regulation in women with irritable bowel syndrome
6. Harnessing the Mind to Manage Irritable Bowel Syndrome
7. Allergy Disorders Linked With Irritable Bowel Syndrome
8. Antidepressant found to alleviate symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome in adolescents
9. AMITIZA 8 mcg now available to treat irritable bowel syndrome
10. ReachMD XM 157 Announces Medical Information Feature on Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Its Treatments, and the Role of Probiotics
11. Irritable Bowel Syndrome Takes Center Stage at Yakults 17th Intestinal Flora Symposium
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Soluble Fiber, But Not Bran, Soothes Irritable Bowel
(Date:2/27/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... February 27, 2017 , ... Elisa Guajardo Carothers is not your typical ... to studying to become a nun. Now, she writes about God, when she isn’t swimming ... Know BC and AD, Here is BS! (Before Satan),” she offers a comedic look at ...
(Date:2/27/2017)... N. Y. (PRWEB) , ... February 27, 2017 , ... ... ( ILADS ) has disclosed that despite scientific studies, the Center for Disease Control ... chronic Lyme disease . Kenneth B. Liegner, M.D. has compiled into a ...
(Date:2/27/2017)... ... February 27, 2017 , ... Silicon Valley Hair Institute, a ... an upgrade to the company's Yelp listing. Bay Area residents struggling from thinning ... as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy, hair transplantation techniques such as Follicular Unit ...
(Date:2/26/2017)... ... February 26, 2017 , ... This is an extension of ... to be ISO/IEC 17025:2005 INAB accredited for Der p 1 (house dust mite ... globally recognised standard that sets out requirements for the technical competence of testing ...
(Date:2/26/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... February 26, ... ... sets a new technology standard in staffing, scheduling, and reporting for healthcare ... and predict activity throughout the entire staffing process. StaffBridge technology improves staffing ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/24/2017)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Hemophilia ... ... Drugs Price Analysis and Strategies - 2016, provides drug pricing data and ... questions: What are the key drugs marketed ... Global Hemophilia market? What are the unit prices and ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... , Feb. 24, 2017 Juan ... & Associates PC , a boutique securities firm headquartered ... York City , announces that a class action ... Massachusetts  against Inotek Pharmaceuticals Corporation (NASDAQ: ... the Company,s securities between July 23, 2015 and December 30, ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... Feb. 23, 2017  Directors from Pharma To Market Pty Ltd ... joined forces, resulting in the founding of Pharma To Market Pte ... To Market are pleased to announce their expansion into ... Singapore . The company are delighted to appoint ... the Singapore based entity. Joelle brings with ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: