Here’s more evidence that Sunfiber may provide some relief to the millions of people worldwide who suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). The condition is characterized by gas, cramping, diarrhea and constipation. April is National IBS Awareness Month. It’s an ideal time to share some promising news.
IBS affects an estimated 9 to 23 percent of the world’s population. Researchers continue to take a closer look at partially hydrolyzed guar gum (PHGG) – available as Sunfiber – as an effective alternative for managing symptoms including occasional diarrhea.
Some of the newest findings
- In a study supported by the Japanese Science and Technology Agency, researchers discovered that rats that ate PHGG were less likely to develop diarrhea when their stress hormones were triggered.
- Researchers at Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine found that PHGG appears to help protect the intestinal lining, making the cell barrier less porous and susceptible to disease.
- Another study at Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine determined that PHGG helped to slow or prevent the development of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, a liver disease, in mice. They attributed this benefit to PHGG’s ability to maintain a healthy intestinal mucosal barrier.
- Also at Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, researchers found that PHGG enhanced healing in the colon’s cellular lining by activating an important enzyme called Rho kinase.