A kiwi fruit intervention was found to improve bowel function in those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome with constipation. This was accomplished without side-effects such as heart attacks and stroke associated with the primary drug prescribed to treat the condition, tegaserod.
An estimated 10-20% of the general population suffers from irritable bowel syndrome, accounting for about 4 million doctors’ visits a year. What can we do for people? How about a kiwifruit intervention. Kiwifruit improves bowel function in patients with irritable bowel syndrome with constipation, thankfully in English too: “the impact of a four week kiwifruit intervention on bowel function in patients diagnosed with irritable bowel with constipation. Two kiwis a day for a month in this study funded by, of course, the world’s largest marketer of kiwis—I’m surprised they didn’t have them eating 5 a day. But they did find such a kiwi intervention “shortens colon transit time, increases defecation frequency, and improves bowel function”
Furthermore, “No deleterious effects of kiwifruit consumption on psychological functioning or adverse events were found in these studies.” Uh, I would hope not. What they’re hinting at, though, is tegaserod, the most frequently prescribed drug for irritable bowel, until it was… pulled from the market out of concern it was killing people, increasing risk of heart attack and stroke.
So, I’d stick with the kiwis.
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