Wheat bran has laxative effects that can increase stool volume and bowel frequency. It also contains proteins, fats, carbohydrates, minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants.
People use wheat bran for constipation, hemorrhoids, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). It is also used for colon cancer, diabetes, high cholesterol, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support most of these uses.
Wheat is considered a major food allergen in the US. Wheat contents, including wheat bran, must be labeled on packaged foods and supplement products.
Uses & Effectiveness
Possibly Effective for
- Constipation. Taking wheat bran by mouth seems to help restore normal bowel function in people with mild constipation.
- Hemorrhoids. Taking wheat bran by mouth might help reduce the risk of getting hemorrhoids in some people.
- A long-term disorder of the large intestine that causes stomach pain (irritable bowel syndrome or IBS). Taking wheat bran by mouth seems to improve bowel function in some people with IBS.
Possibly Ineffective for
- Colon cancer, rectal cancer. Taking wheat bran by mouth doesn't seem to reduce the risk for colon or rectal cancer.
Special Precautions and Warnings
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Wheat bran is likely safe when taken by mouth during pregnancy and breast-feeding.
Children: Wheat bran is likely safe when taken by mouth in doses up to 10 grams daily. It has been used safely for up to 2 years.
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