The Effects Of Whole Foods And Dietary Supplements On Digestive Health

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The Effects Of Whole Foods And Dietary Supplements On Digestive Health

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Abstract Digestive conditions are prevalent and dietary change is a common strategy for relieving symptoms. Fiber, probiotics, anti-inflammatory compounds, and analgesic compounds may relieve some gastrointestinal symptoms. In the first study, a literature review on foods and dietary supplements as treatments for digestive disorders was conducted. PubMed was used to search prunes, kiwifruit, kefir, aloe vera, and peppermint for the treatment of constipation, diarrhea, IBS, GERD, and ulcers. In general, the evidence was mixed and it highlighted the need for more rigorous research. The second study investigated if two weeks of oatmeal consumption could improve digestive health in children ages seven to twelve. No differences were observed for stool frequency or stool consistency; however, fiber intake was increased and some reports of gastrointestinal symptoms improved from baseline. The results of the review paper and oatmeal study suggest that foods and supplements may alter digestion; however, determining efficacy requires additional research.



University of Minnesota M.S. thesis. May 2018. Major: Nutrition. Advisors: Joanne Slavin, Renee Korczak. 1 computer file (PDF); vi, 46 pages.

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Paruzynski, Hannah. (2018). The Effects Of Whole Foods And Dietary Supplements On Digestive Health. Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy,

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