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Review of Constipation Treatment Methods with Emphasis on Laxative Foods

[ Vol. 16 , Issue. 5 ]

Author(s):

Shamsi Abbasalizadeh, Behzad Ebrahimi, Aslan Azizi*, Rogaye Dargahi, Maryam Tayebali, Sepideh T. Ghadim, Elaheh Foroumandi , Fereshteh Aliasghari, Mina Javadi, Azimeh Izadi, Leila Banifatemeh, Hadi Pourjafar, Leila Khalili, Faezeh Ghalichi, Sousan Houshmandi and Aziz H. Rad*   Pages 675 - 688 ( 14 )

Abstract:


Constipation is a common public health concern experienced by all individuals during their life affecting the quality of life. In this paper, we aimed to provide an overview of the existing evidence regarding the role of food ingredients, including bran, prune, fig, kiwifruit, and flax-seed in constipation treatment. We searched Scopus, Pub Med, and Science Direct by using the keywords, “laxative foods” and “constipation”, for searching studies assessing laxative food ingredients and their beneficial effects on constipation treatment and/or control. Lifestyle modifications such as increasing dietary fiber and fluid intake and daily exercise are the proposed first line treatments for constipation. Optimizing ‘diet’ as an efficient lifestyle factor may contribute to the well-being of patients. The use of laxative food ingredients including bran, prune, fig, kiwifruit, flax-seed, probiotics, and prebiotics is a convenient alternative to cope with constipation. According to previous findings, laxative food ingredients could be considered as effective treatments for subjects suffering from constipation. Many studies have assessed the pharmacological and non-pharmacological roles of these ingredients in treating constipation, however, their importance has not been thoroughly investigated.

Keywords:

Constipation, food ingredients, laxative, treatment.

Affiliation:

Women's Reproductive Health Research Center, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Department of Food Science and Technology, Maragheh University of Medical Sciences, Maragheh, Agricultural Engineering Research Institute, Ministry of Jihad Agriculture, Karaj, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ardabil University of Medical Sciences, Ardabil. I.R. , Department of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Kyiv, Women's Reproductive Health Research Center, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Department of Nutrition, Faculty of Nutrition and Food Sciences, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Department of Nutrition, Faculty of Nutrition and Food Sciences, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Department of Nutrition, Faculty of Nutrition and Food Sciences, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Department of Nutrition, Faculty of Nutrition and Food Sciences, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Department of Food Science & Technology, Faculty of Nutrition and Food Sciences, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Department of Public Health, Maragheh University of Medical Sciences, Maragheh, , Department of Nutrition, Faculty of Nutrition and Food Sciences, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Department of Nutrition, Faculty of Nutrition and Food Sciences, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Faculty of Midwifery, Ardabil University of Medical Sciences, Ardabil, Department of Food Science & Technology, Faculty of Nutrition and Food Sciences, Tabriz University of Medical sciences, Tabriz



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