Wheat Bran

Wheat Bran makes up the outermost layers of the wheat kernel, and consists mostly of fibre.  It has lots of B Vitamins and protein.

1 serving size of 36 grams of toasted wheat bran contains:
Calories:    60
Potassium:    410 milligrams
Fibre:        12 grams
Carbohydrate:    18 grams
Fat:        1 gram
Protein:    5 grams

The health benefits of wheat bran are:

-  its ability to prevent and treat constipation
-  its ability to improve the functioning of the bowels
-  its ability to prevent colon cancer
-  its ability to prevent diverticular disease
-  its ability to prevent haemorrhoids
-  its ability to prevent hiatus hernias

Wheat bran is very high in fibre and aids the digestion and bowel function.  Bran has also been linked to lower rates of colon cancer.

Due to its high fibre content, wheat bran acts as a wonderful laxative, and as a general rule, the coarser the bran flakes, the greater the effects.


  1. PinkBalloons says:

    It’s pretty much a natural laxative. There may also be some benefit in the way that *gargling* salt water helps with sore throats and keeping wounds clean. Overall though I doubt it’s really much of a ‘miracle cure’ as the new age types promise. No more than a regular general laxative and regular ‘schedule’ of bowel movements would be. Is it safe? Probably – as safe as the water/salt you use to make the solution – as long as you’re aware that it’ll dehydrate you and you need to drink water afterwards. Maybe not the best medication if you’re on a desert island :)

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