If you suffer from the embarrassing condition called Fecal Incontinence (FI) then there is good news for you. A simple fiber supplement called Psyllium can help you in dealing with this problem. For those of you who do not know what is fecal incontinence; it is a condition in which a person is unable to control the stool in either solid or liquid format from passing through the rectum.
In a recent study done at during a clinical trial at University of Minnesota found that Psyllium helps in reducing the frequency for Fecal Incontinence. In this study three types of fiber which included Psyllium, gum arabic [GA] and carboxymethylcellulose [CMC] were tested on 189 subjects. Some of the subjects were also given placebo.
After a trial of 32 days it was found that those who were given 16 grams of Psyllium daily had a average FI of 2.5 times per week. This was way lower than 4.3 for GA and 6.2 for CMC. It was also found that CMC increased the FI frequency.
The major reason Psyllium was found to be effective was due to its gel forming ability when it comes in contact with water. Psyllium is the key ingredient of the popular fiber supplement called Metamucil and it has several other health benefits.