Over-the-counterClass: Gastrointestinal

Benefiber 

Over-the-counterClass: Gastrointestinal
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Supplements fiber and relieves constipation.

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Our bottom line

Benefiber is an excellent fiber supplement. It's easy to use and doesn't clump up like other supplements.

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Upsides

  • Research shows soluble fibers like Benefiber are useful for people who don’t meet daily fiber recommendations.
  • Benefiber completely dissolves in liquids and doesn’t have a gritty texture like other similar fiber supplements.
  • Comes in multiple forms, including chewables, powders, and caplets.
  • Should cause less gas and bloating than other fiber supplements.
  • Has multiple health benefits including lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels.

Downsides

  • If you have a gluten intolerance, celiac disease, are pregnant, or are nursing, check with your doctor before taking Benefiber.
  • Taking too much Benefiber can cause constipation, gas, and bloating.
  • Benefiber doesn’t bulk up stool as much as insoluble fiber supplements.
  • Some people's bodies can become dependent on fiber supplements.
How it works

Benefiber is a natural fiber. It improves digestive health by softening and bulking stool while increasing good bacteria in the colon.

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Risks and Warnings for Benefiber

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Pregnant
    • Nursing
    • Kidney stones

    Benefiber and soluble fiber supplements are not recommended to be used with carbonated beverages. Be cautious using it if you have kidney stones, are pregnant, or are nursing.

Common concerns from people taking Benefiber

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Pregnancy
Kidneys and liver
  • Benefiber and soluble fiber supplements are not recommended to be used with carbonated beverages. Be cautious using it if you have kidney stones, are pregnant, or are nursing.
Weight
  • Should cause less gas and bloating than other fiber supplements.
  • Can cause bloating, gas, or stomach cramps.