Most people won’t talk about this common health problem with their friends. But they’ll welcome this simple way to manage it. But they’ll welcome this simple way to manage it. Researchers determine that an over-the-counter fiber supplement helps to reduce recurrence of chronic anal fissures
To put it bluntly: Chronic anal fissures – splits or tears in the anal canal – are a pain in the posterior. These fissures, most associated with pain and bleeding, are actually quite common. While most heal on their own, some people suffer from chronic recurrences. Now Italian researchers at Second University of Naples have determined that partially hydrolyzed guar gum (PHGG), available as Sunfiber, may reduce those recurrences. Their study results were published in BioMed Research International.
People who suffer from chronic anal fissures include those who have had extended periods of constipation or diarrhea. Some may be treated topically with nitrates, which are considered only marginally superior to a placebo. The researchers hypothesized that reducing microscopic trauma to the area might lead to more lasting healing.
This randomized 12-month study evaluated PHGG’s effectiveness as a maintenance therapy. The researchers followed 165 patients with healed anal fissures. The patients were divided into two groups. One group received just a topical treatment of glyceryl trinitrate. The other group received the topical glyceryl trinitrate treatment plus five grams/day of Sunfiber PHGG.
After 10 and 12 months, the recurrence rate among the group receiving Sunfiber PHGG was 14.5 percent, compared to 30.2 percent with the glyceryl trinitrate alone. Researchers concluded that daily use of PHGG may significantly improve the success rate of chronic anal fissure maintenance therapy, noting that PHGG is effective at reducing the recurrence of chronic anal fissures.
Sunfiber is a truly regulating fiber in that it not only helps with occasional constipation, but uniquely helps with occasional diarrhea as well, returning stool content to a normal healthy state. It is well tolerated. Daily consumption does not lead to the typical bloating, cramping and gas production for which other fibers are known.