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Manaker says prunes relieve constipation due to fiber, sorbitol, and phenolic chemicals.

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"Prunes are an effective natural remedy for constipation due to their fiber content, which helps promote bowel regularity," Manaker explains. "For example, one serving of Sunsweet Amaz!n Prunes provides 3 grams of fiber."

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Fiber softens and "bulk" feces, making it essential for healthy bowel movements. It absorbs water, which increases weight and prevents watery feces, which is tougher to pass.

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Prunes include fiber and sorbitol, "which has a natural laxative effect," explains Manaker. Sorbitol from prunes helps treat chronic constipation, increase regular stool, and decrease hard stool

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according to a research in The American Journal of Gastroenterology. Sorbitol relieved constipation in prune juice, which had less fiber than prunes.

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Finally, Manaker believes prunes contain phenolic chemicals "which may help to stimulate the gut." These laxative phenolic plant components help prunes reduce constipation, according to study.

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"These properties collectively facilitate better digestive health and make prunes a practical dietary choice for those looking to improve bowel function," adds Manaker. Prunes have additional benefits, thankfully.

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