Constipation is when bowel movements become less regular and the stools can become harder and more difficult to pass. A normal bowel function is regular defecation with stools that are soft and easy to pass.
Constipation is very common with up to 30% of Australians experiencing this problem.4 One of the most common causes of constipation is not consuming enough suitable fibre in the diet. A normal healthy diet has a balance of both insoluble and soluble fibre.
Agiolax and Agiofibe work by increasing the content of both insoluble and soluble fibres in the gut. This can help increase the size and softness of the stools, and the frequency in which they are passed out of the bowel. 3
Fibre and mucilage (a gummy substance secreted by some plants), from the seeds and husks of Psyllium absorb water, which can help increase the volume of material in the bowel. It is thought this then stimulates the ‘stretch reflex’ in the bowel which in turn can lead to propulsive movement, speeding up the transit of stools. The absorption of water also softens the faeces and provides a useful lubricating effect. 1
The Senna pods in Agiolax help to reinforce this bowel movement. Because the sennosides in the Senna pods are suggested to be activated by bacteria in the large intestine, it helps ensure the laxative action is predictable and gentle, and does not occur until it is required. It can then have a propulsive effect on the colon, accelerating their passage while softening the stools. It can also stimulate fluid secretion into the intestine, supporting the effect of the fibre in softening the stool.1
If you are not sure if Agiolax or Agiofibe is right for you, it is recommended to talk to your healthcare professional.