Sunfiber and Constipation:
Sunfiber has been used in many studies to reduce constipation and increase bowel movement frequency.
In addition to this, research shows that Sunfiber consumption improves stool consistency, changing it from hard to normal.
Consuming Sunfiber also seems to reduce the need for the use of laxatives and enemas, taking their use from 2 to <0.1 and 7-8 to 1-3, respectively.
Sunfiber taken at 5g/day has been shown to increase colonic transit time (the speed at which your digestive system moves food through it) by about 12 hours in constipated patients, and by about 22 hours in those with slow transit time.
That means that at a dose of just 5g/day, you may notice improvements in bowel movement frequency, abdominal pain related to constipation, and stool consistency.
Sunfiber and Diarrhea:
You would think that an ingredient shown to benefit someone with constipation wouldn’t be very helpful for someone with diarrhea, right?
Again, this goes to show how versatile Sunfiber is — it’s been shown to be very useful for acute cases of diarrhea, as well.
Sunfiber significantly reduces the incidence and frequency of diarrhea in those with health issues that make them more prone to this condition.
In a study of healthy adults made to have diarrhea (by giving them a hefty dose of sugar alcohols), 10g of Sunfiber reduced the incidence of diarrhea by a cumulative 82%.
It seems that a higher relative dose of Sunfiber is beneficial for diarrhea — these studies used doses from 5g all the way up to 28g/day with good effect.
Sunfiber and IBS:
Perhaps where Sunfiber shines its brightest is for those with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or IBS-like symptoms.
That’s because, unlike many other supplements on the market, Sunfiber has been shown to:
- Decrease bloating
- Reduce abdominal pain
- Reduce flatulence (gas)
- Reduce abdominal spasms
- Improve bowel habits
- Improve quality of life
In addition to this, Sunfiber decreases the concentration of methane in stool. Methane production is known to contribute to constipation. This may be particularly helpful for those dealing with methane dominant SIBO.
The dosages used in these studies ranged from 5-10g/day, but even at the lower dosage Sunfiber was highly effective in reducing IBS symptoms.
One important note here: many of these studies had participants taking Sunfiber for at least 3 weeks, so make sure to give it some time to start working.