Flaxseed is a nutty-flavored seed variety that, in addition to supplying heart-healthy fats, provides rich amounts of fiber. According to a report published in “Current Topics in Nutraceutical Research” in 2005, ground flaxseed contains soluble fiber and insoluble fiber, which binds water in your digestive tract and enhances stool bulk, and, when consumed regularly, may increase your daily fiber intake to levels necessary to alleviate constipation.
This is an important attribute, according to the study, as most Americans consume 20 grams of the recommended 20 to 35 grams of fiber daily. Consume ground flaxseed rather than whole seed for maximum absorption. You may also grind whole seed in your coffee grinder.
Ground flaxseed provides a simple fiber-enhancing ingredient for baked goods, cereals, yogurt and smoothies.
Flaxseed is particularly valuable if your constipation is related to celiac disease and you cannot tolerate wheat or gluten-containing.