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The smoothie for reduced risk and treatment of Constipation
Yield: 2 servings (about 8 ounces each)
1 1/2 prune juice
3/4 cup bran
1. Place tall ingredients in a blender and puree about 1 minute
2. Blend on high speed about 1 minute or until the mixture is thick and the ice is well crushed.
3. Serve immediately
The finding of a natural source for reduced risk and treatment of Constipation with no adverse effects has exited may scientists community after many potential ingredients showed initially the promising result in animal studies have not produced same potentials in either large sample size and mutli centers human trials.
Constipation is a condition of difficulty in bowel movements. Plum the natural sources of fruit has been suggested and used by folk medicine and dietitian for treatment of chronic constipation.
Plum is a genus of Prunus, containing over 15 species, relatives of the peach, nectarine and almond, belongs to family Rosaceae and native to northern Asia, Europe, North America and Africa's northwest coast. Today it is cultivated all over the globe for commercial purpose as foods and alcoholic drink. Dr. Stacewicz-Sapuntzakis M1. professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago suggested, phenolic compounds in dried plums may process the effects in the gastrointestinal tract including prevention of constipation and possibly colon cancer(1).
In an 8-week, single-blind, randomised cross-over study, conducted by the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, in the comparison of dried plums (prunes) vs. psyllium for constipation, said," dried plums are safe, palatable and more effective than psyllium for the treatment of mild to moderate constipation, and should be considered as a first line therapy"(2).
In backing to the effectiveness of plume in reduced symptoms of constipation, Essex County Geriatric Center, New Jersey study showed that, a fiber-supplemented dietary included bran-supplemented hot cereal, a special fiber-prune juice supplement, and a fiber-rich liquid for tube-feedings alleviated the constipation in the elderly(3).
Bran, the hard outer layers of cereal grain may also used as laxative for treatment of constipation, according to a controlled blind parallel intervention trial among 30 frail inhabitants of a geriatric ward aged 57-100 years with laxative use(4).
According to the University of Vienna, adding oat-bran to common oral diet may reduce the use of laxatives by 59% and improve the well being and body weight of seniors of a long-term-care facility(5).
'Fiber 7', a natural powder fiber, including bran, adding to the dietary reduced the use of laxatives in 63 of the 92 patients (68.5%, 95% confidence interval 59-78%) with tolerated risk in a nursing home study(6)
The discover of combination ingredients of prune juice and fiber in reduced risk and treatment of constipation may serve as a cornerstone to contrive therapeutic experiment for further investigation.
Taking altogether, people who are at increased risk of Constipation due to family history, gene mutation, aging,.. .....should drink at least one serving daily and people with chronic Constipation should drink the juices as much as they can, depending to digestive toleration.
Change of life style and diet pattern are also recommended.
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(1) Dried plums and their products: composition and health effects--an updated review by Stacewicz-Sapuntzakis M1.(PubMed)
(2) Randomised clinical trial: dried plums (prunes) vs. psyllium for constipation.Attaluri A1, Donahoe R, Valestin J, Brown K, Rao SS.(PubMed)
(3) Alleviation of constipation in the elderly by dietary fiber supplementation by Hull C, Greco RS, Brooks DL.(PubMed)
(4) Intervention with dietary fiber to treat constipation and reduce laxative use in residents of nursing homes by Sturtzel B1, Elmadfa I.(PubMed)
(5) Use of fiber instead of laxative treatment in a geriatric hospital to improve the wellbeing of seniors by Sturtzel B1, Mikulits C, Gisinger C, Elmadfa I.(PubMed)
(6) 'Fiber 7' supplement as an alternative to laxatives in a nursing home by Khaja M1, Thakur CS, Bharathan T, Baccash E, Goldenberg G.(PubMed)