Fiber

Also indexed as:Fiber (All Forms)
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Dietary fiber comes from the thick cell wall of plants. It is an indigestible complex carbohydrate. Fiber is divided into two general categories-water soluble and water insoluble.

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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Used for Amount Why
Diverticular Disease
20 grams daily, plus extra fluids 3 stars[3 stars]
A fiber supplement may improve constipation related to diverticular disease.
Type 1 Diabetes
30 grams daily 3 stars[3 stars]
Taking fiber supplements may help to stabilize your blood sugar.
Type 2 Diabetes
Talk to your doctor 3 stars[3 stars]
Taking fiber supplements may help to stabilize your blood sugar.
Diarrhea
Adults: 20 grams daily soluable fiber; for young children: 6.5 grams daily soy fiber 2 stars[2 stars]
While fiber from dietary or herbal sources is often useful for constipation, it may also play a role in alleviating diarrhea.
Obesity
5 to 7 grams daily 2 stars[2 stars]
Several trials have shown that fiber supplementation from a variety of sources accelerated weight loss in people who were following a low-calorie diet.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Supplementing with fiber may help you find the right balance of regularity without episodes of diarrhea.

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The information presented in Aisle7 is for informational purposes only. It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage as cited in each article. The results reported may not necessarily occur in all individuals. Self-treatment is not recommended for life-threatening conditions that require medical treatment under a doctor's care. For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescription or over the counter medication is also available. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires June 2015.

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