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A 23-year-old female asked:

Can coconut oil, cranberry grape juice help relieve constipation?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Keith Ramsey
Pediatrics - Adolescent Medicine 37 years experience
Yes: Oils and juices can improve and relieve constipation. You should adjust your diet if the constipation is chronic by adding more vegetables and fruits. Sometimes you will need laxatives or stool softeners on an occasional basis. They are available in the pharmacy.
Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 58 years experience
Not ideal: More fibre in the diet plus regular exercise would be the answer. However if you consume enough oil of any kind, you will likely end up with diarrhea. Cranberry grape juice will add a lot of sugar to your diet without helping your bowel.
Last updated Mar 24, 2014

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