Oligofructose Provides Laxation for Irregularity Associated with Low Fiber Intake
AbstractInadequate dietary fiber intake contributes to the prevalent irregularity and constipation in Western countries. Although eating adequate amounts of fibers from fiber-rich foods, foods with added fibers and dietary fiber supplements is considered the first option for improving laxation, the efficacy can vary among types of fibers. The present study is a randomized control trial that included healthy adult participants with ≤3 bowel movements/week and a habitual low dietary fiber intake in a parallel design to evaluate the benefits for laxation by supplementing the daily diet with oligofructose (Orafti® P95; OF), a fermentable source of fiber and established prebiotic (n = 49); maltodextrin was the placebo (n = 48). After a run-in phase, OF was initially provided at 5 g/day, then increased to 10 and 15 g/day with four weeks for each phase. Stool frequency (bowel movements per week) for the OF and maltodextrin (MD) groups were initially similar (3.98 ± 1.49 vs. 4.06 ± 1.48), did not change for the placebo group, but increased for the OF group with the difference significant at 15 g/day (p = 0.023). Stool consistency was similar and remained unchanged at all doses for both groups. Gastrointestinal sensations were low for both groups. Laxation benefits were especially pronounced for participants with >13 g/day habitual dietary fiber intake, with significant laxation at 10 g and 15 g OF/day (p = 0.04 and p = 0.004, respectively) A daily supplement with a short-chain inulin-type fructan derived from chicory roots, i.e., oligofructose (Orafti® P95) provided a laxation effect without causing gastrointestinal (GI) distress for healthy participants with irregularity associated with low dietary fiber intake. View Full-Text
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Buddington, R.K.; Kapadia, C.; Neumer, F.; Theis, S. Oligofructose Provides Laxation for Irregularity Associated with Low Fiber Intake. Nutrients 2017, 9, 1372.
Buddington RK, Kapadia C, Neumer F, Theis S. Oligofructose Provides Laxation for Irregularity Associated with Low Fiber Intake. Nutrients. 2017; 9(12):1372.Chicago/Turabian Style
Buddington, Randal K.; Kapadia, Cavita; Neumer, Franka; Theis, Stephan. 2017. "Oligofructose Provides Laxation for Irregularity Associated with Low Fiber Intake." Nutrients 9, no. 12: 1372.