Wheat is a plant. The outer shell of the grain (the bran) is used to make medicine.
Wheat bran is used as a source of dietary fiber for preventing colon diseases (including cancer), stomach cancer, breast cancer, gallbladder disease, hemorrhoids and hiatal hernia. It is also used for treating constipation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes.
How it works
Wheat bran helps constipation by speeding up the colon and increasing stool output and bowel frequency.
Taking wheat bran seems to be effective for treating mild constipation and restoring normal bowel function, but it doesn't seem to soften stools.
Taking wheat bran may reduce stomach pain and improve bowel function in people with mild to moderate IBS. However, it may not be as effective as guar gum.
Taking wheat bran seems to produce modest, but significant reductions in blood pressure.
Wheat bran is safe for most people to use. It may cause gas (flatulence) and stomach discomfort, especially when first used.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Wheat bran seems to be safe duringpregnancyandbreast-feeding.Are there any interactions with medications?
Wheat bran is high in fiber. Fiber can decrease the absorption and decrease the effectiveness of digoxin (Lanoxin). As a general rule, any medications taken by mouth should be taken one hour before or four hours after wheat bran to prevent this interaction.