Wheat Bran

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About

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.

Effectiveness

Possibly Effective
Constipation

Taking wheat bran seems to be effective for treating mild constipation and restoring normal bowel function, but it doesn't seem to soften stools.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

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.

Lowering blood pressure

Taking wheat bran seems to produce modest, but significant reductions in blood pressure.

Preventing stomach cancer
Preventing hemorrhoids

Concerns

Wheat bran is safe for most people to use. It may cause gas (flatulence) and stomach discomfort, especially when first used.

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Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Wheat bran seems to be safe duringpregnancyandbreast-feeding.Are there any interactions with medications?

Interactions

Always consult with your doctor.
Moderate
Digoxin (Lanoxin)

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.

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