Kiwifruit improves bowel function in patients with irritable bowel syndrome with constipation

Chun Chao Chang, Yi Ting Lin, Ya Ting Lu, Yu Shian Liu, Jen-Fang Liu

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Abstract

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common functional disorder of the gastrointestinal system, and is characterized by abdominal pain, diarrhea (IBS/D), constipation (IBS/C), and alternating diarrhea and constipation (IBSC/A). The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of a four week kiwifruit intervention on bowel function in patients diagnosed with IBS/C. Fifty-four patients with IBS/C and 16 healthy adults participated in this study. All subjects participated in the 6 week, three phase study, which included a baseline phase (1 week), a dietary intervention period (4 weeks), and a post-intervention phase (1 week). Forty-one IBS/C patients and all healthy adults consumed two Hayward green (Actinida deliciosa var) kiwifruits per day for 4 weeks. Thirteen IBS/C patients in the control group took two placebo capsules per day for 4 weeks. Colon transit time was measured immediately prior to and following the intervention period. All subjects completed daily defecation records. After the 4-week intervention, weekly defecation frequency significantly increased in the IBS/C group of participants who consumed kiwifruit (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)451-457
Number of pages7
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Volume19
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2010

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Keywords

  • Bowel function
  • Colon transit time
  • Defecation frequency
  • Iritable bowel syndrome/constipation
  • Kiwifruit

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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