Overview

Wheat is a plant. The outer shell of the grain (the bran) is used to make medicine.

Wheat bran is a source of fiber. It is used most often for constipation and other bowel disorders. It is also used to prevent various cancers, for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and other conditions, there is no good scientific evidence to support most of these uses.

How does it work ?

Wheat bran helps constipation by increasing stool volume, the rate it moves through the bowels, and the bowel frequency.

Uses & Effectiveness ?

Possibly Effective for

  • Constipation. Taking wheat bran seems to help treat mild constipation and restore normal bowel function. But it doesn't seem to soften stools.
  • Hemorrhoids. Taking wheat bran may help to decrease the chance of getting hemorrhoids.
  • A long-term disorder of the large intestine that causes stomach pain (irritable bowel syndrome or IBS). Taking wheat bran may reduce stomach pain and improve bowel function in people with mild to moderate IBS. But it doesn't seem to work as well as guar gum.

Possibly Ineffective for

  • Colon cancer, rectal cancer. The most reliable research shows that taking fiber, including wheat bran, doesn't prevent colon cancer or rectal cancer from reappearing in people who have already had them.

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Diabetes. It isn't clear if adding wheat bran to the diet can improve blood sugar control in people with diabetes.
  • Cancer.
  • High blood pressure.
  • High cholesterol.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of wheat bran for these uses.

Side Effects

When taken by mouth: Wheat bran 30 grams daily for up to 3 months is LIKELY SAFE for most people. It may cause gas (flatulence) and stomach discomfort, especially when first used.

Special Precautions and Warnings

When taken by mouth: Wheat bran 30 grams daily for up to 3 months is LIKELY SAFE for most people. It may cause gas (flatulence) and stomach discomfort, especially when first used. Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Wheat bran is LIKELY SAFE when taken by mouth during pregnancy and breast-feeding.

Children: Wheat bran 10 grams daily is LIKELY SAFE for most children. It has been used safely for up to 2 years.

Interactions ?

We currently have no information for WHEAT BRAN overview.

Dosing

The following doses have been studied in scientific research:

ADULTS

BY MOUTH:
  • General: There is a recommended daily intake of fiber for each age group. For males 19 to 50 years, it is 38 grams; for males 51 years and older, it is 30 grams. For females 19 to 50 years, it is 25 grams; for females 51 years and older, it is 21 grams. During pregnancy, 28 grams; during breastfeeding, 29 grams.
  • For constipation: 20-25 grams of wheat bran per day has been used. Taking higher doses of 40 grams per day does not seem to work better than taking 20 grams per day.
  • For hemorrhoids: 10 grams of wheat bran has been taken twice daily for 18 months.
  • For a long-term disorder of the large intestine that causes stomach pain (irritable bowel syndrome or IBS): 30 grams of wheat bran per day for up to 12 weeks has been used.
CHILDREN

BY MOUTH:
  • General: There is a recommended daily intake of fiber for all children over 1 year of age. This amount is based on age. At 1 to 3 years, 19 grams; at 4 to 8 years, 25 grams; for males 9 to 13 years, 31 grams; for males 14 to 18 years, 38 grams; for females 9 to 18 years, 26 grams.
  • For constipation: 5-20 grams per day based on age has been used for up to 2 years.
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