Wheat Bran


Possibly Effective For

Constipation. Taking wheat bran seems to be effective for treating mild constipation and restoring normal bowel function, but it doesn’t seem to soften stools.
Irritable bowel syndrome . Taking wheat bran may reduce stomach pain and improve bowel function in people with mild to moderate IBS. However, it may not be as effective as guar gum.
Lowering blood pressure. Taking wheat bran seems to produce modest, but significant reductions in blood pressure.

  • Preventing stomach cancer.
  • Preventing hemorrhoids.

Possibly Ineffective For

Preventing cancer of the colon (bowels) or rectum. Several large well-designed studies showed that fiber, including wheat-bran fiber, does not prevent the recurrence of pre-cancerous tumors, despite earlier evidence that suggested fiber might help.
Type 2 diabetes. Taking wheat bran does not seem to consistently improve blood sugar control. Also, it does not improve blood pressure, blood fats, clotting factors, homocysteine, C-reactive protein, or other factors associated with heart disease in patients with type 2 diabetes. 




Possibly Effective For

Insufficient Evidence For

  • Breast cancer.
  • Gallbladder disease.
  • Hiatal hernia.
  • Other conditions.