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The effect of bran on bowel function in constipation.
Am J Gastroenterol. 1982 Sep; 77(9):599-603.AJ

Abstract

Bran is widely used to treat a variety of gastrointestinal disorders. With few exceptions, investigative work has focused on the effect of bran in normal subjects. Despite its widespread use, there have been no systematic studies of bran in constipation. Wheat bran is the "gold standard" because no other natural fiber has yet been shown to be as effective in increasing fecal bulk. We evaluated the effect of two brans, wheat and corn (20 g/day), on fecal weight, fecal moisture content, bowel movement frequency, intestinal transit time, and symptoms in 10 constipated (less than or equal to 3 movements/wk) but otherwise healthy women. The administration of bran was associated with a significant increase in fecal weight (157%), bowel movement frequency (55%), and decrease in intestinal transmit time (50%). Percentage fecal moisture increased only with wheat bran (67.4-72.1%), whereas corn bran was significantly better than wheat bran in relieving symptoms of constipation.

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Pub Type(s)

Clinical Trial
Comparative Study
Journal Article
Randomized Controlled Trial

Language

eng

PubMed ID

6287838

Citation

Graham, D Y., et al. "The Effect of Bran On Bowel Function in Constipation." The American Journal of Gastroenterology, vol. 77, no. 9, 1982, pp. 599-603.
Graham DY, Moser SE, Estes MK. The effect of bran on bowel function in constipation. Am J Gastroenterol. 1982;77(9):599-603.
Graham, D. Y., Moser, S. E., & Estes, M. K. (1982). The effect of bran on bowel function in constipation. The American Journal of Gastroenterology, 77(9), 599-603.
Graham DY, Moser SE, Estes MK. The Effect of Bran On Bowel Function in Constipation. Am J Gastroenterol. 1982;77(9):599-603. PubMed PMID: 6287838.
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