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Most people take dietary fibre to reduce constipation, however, most constipation is due largely to dehydration in the colon. Almost 95% of the fibre products sold in the market are made from psyllium fibre. Psyllium is 97% water-soluble fibre and actually absorbs 40 times its weight in water! This further dehydrates the colon, making most people even more constipated.
FibreSMART contains flax and borage seed fibre which contains a blend of 50% soluble fibre and 50% insoluble fibre. This ratio allows FibreSMART to absorb toxins, excess cholesterol, and increase elimination - without the constipating side effects created by other fibre products.
Many well-designed clinical studies have concluded that fiber relieves constipation. Clinical studies have used wheat bran and psyllium primarily. Fibre is believed to relieve constipation by adding bulk to stool and speeding its transit through the gastrointestinal tract.
When recommended by a health care provider, fibre can be used to relieve mild-to-moderate diarrhea. Soluble fiber soaks up a significant amount of water in the digestive tract, thereby making stool firmer and slower to pass.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Several well-designed clinical studies have found that soluble fibre helps regulate stool frequency and consistency in people with IBS.
Soluble fibre may be recommended by a doctor to help soften stool and reduce the pain associated with hemorrhoids.
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
In a clinical study of people with ulcerative colitis (a type of IBD), psyllium seeds were as effective as the prescription drug mesalamine in reducing recurrences of the disease. In addition, a doctor may recommend the use of fiber as a bulking agent for mild-to-moderate cases of diarrhea from either ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease (another important type of IBD).
Patients with diverticulosis are often given fibre supplements to increase the tone of their digestive tract. The American Dietetic Association (ADA) recommends 25 - 30 grams per day. Some nutritionally-oriented doctors may recommend even more. Care should be taken to discuss the appropriate type of fibre for each individual patient as certain types of fibre may actually aggravate diverticulosis. In particular, avoidance of nuts, pumpkin, caraway, and sesame seeds is recommend out of concern that the small particles may get lodged in the diverticula and cause infection and irritation.
Soluble fibres, such as those in psyllium husk, guar gum, and oat bran, have a cholesterol-lowering effect when added to a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet. Clinical studies have shown psyllium, in particular, to be quite effective in lowering total as well as low density lipoprotein (LDL or "bad") cholesterol levels.
Clinical studies suggest that a high-fibre diet may help prevent type 2 diabetes, lower insulin and blood sugar levels, and improve cholesterol and triglyceride levels in people with diabetes. In addition, one well-designed clinical study suggests that pregnant women with type 1 diabetes are able to lower the amount of insulin they use if they eat a high fibre diet.
A clinical study compared patients with type 2 diabetes who were consuming 50 grams of fibre daily with patients following the American Diabetes Association’s recommendation of 24 grams of fibre daily. After 6 weeks, patients on the higher fibre diet had substantially better control of blood glucose, insulin, and blood lipids. In another clinical study, a group of men with type 2 diabetes who took psyllium twice daily experienced significant improvements in blood glucose and lipid values compared to a control group taking a placebo.
Clinical studies and human case reports suggest that soluble fiber (such as psyllium, pectin, and guar gum) may enhance the sensation of fullness and reduce hunger cravings. For these reasons, incorporating soluble fiber into the diet may aid weight loss.
High blood pressure
Although not entirely conclusive, the addition of fibre (namely, 12 grams of soluble fiber per day) may help lower blood pressure (also called hypertension).
Incorporating high-fibre foods (such as oatmeal, oat bran, psyllium, and legumes) into the diet may help lower heart disease risk.
Although initial clinical reports were promising, studies investigating the value of a high-fibre diet for colorectal cancer have been conflicting. While some clinical studies evaluating groups of people have suggested that fibre protects against the development of colorectal cancer, most large, better-designed clinical studies have found only a minimal association between fiber intake and colorectal cancer risk. In addition, fibre does not appear to protect against the recurrence of colorectal cancer in people who have already been treated for the condition.
Other types of cancer
Preliminary clinical evidence suggests that a diet high in fibre (in conjunction with lifestyle changes and conventional medication) may help protect against the development of certain types of cancer such as prostate, breast, and lining of the uterus. Further studies are needed to confirm these findings, however.
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