Kiwifruit for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Research shows that the simple Kiwi Fruit seems to help folks with constipation predominant irritable bowel syndrome.  The video reviews the research paper  listed below from Taipei plus a few interesting points about no side effects.  This is another natural food related tip for you, especially if you happen to like Kiwis like I do.

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Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2010;19(4):451-7.

Kiwifruit improves bowel function in patients with irritable bowel syndrome with constipation.

Chang CC, Lin YT, Lu YT, Liu YS, Liu JF.

Source

School of Nutrition and Health Sciences, Taipei Medical Uni-versity, Taipei 110, Taiwan. liujenfa@tmu.edu.tw

Abstract

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common functional disorder of the gastrointestinal system, and is characterized by abdominal pain, diarrhea (IBS/D), constipation (IBS/C), and alternating diarrhea and constipation (IBSC/A). The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of a four week kiwifruit intervention on bowel function in patients diagnosed with IBS/C. Fifty-four patients with IBS/C and 16 healthy adults participated in this study. All subjects participated in the 6 week, three phase study, which included a baseline phase (1 week), a dietary intervention period (4 weeks), and a post-intervention phase (1 week). Forty-one IBS/C patients and all healthy adults consumed two Hayward green (Actinida deliciosa var) kiwifruits per day for 4 weeks. Thirteen IBS/C patients in the control group took two placebo capsules per day for 4 weeks. Colon transit time was measured immediately prior to and following the intervention period. All subjects completed daily defecation records. After the 4-week intervention, weekly defecation frequency significantly increased in the IBS/C group of participants who consumed kiwifruit (p<0.05). Colon transit time significantly decreased (p=0.026) in the IBS/C group that consumed kiwi fruit. These findings suggest that kiwifruit consumption for 4 weeks shortens colon transit time, increases defecation frequency, and improves bowel function in adults diagnosed with IBS/C.

Bottom Line

Kiwi fruit improves your intestine’s ability to pass food through the colon, which is what is called “transit time”.  In IBS-C situations, try adding Kiwi to your diet instead of medications if at all possible.

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