Q. My wife had vascular surgery for blocked arteries in both legs three months ago. She also had an aneurysm in her abdomen repaired. The doctor told her she probably would not have bowel movements for a while until her plumbing sorted itself back into proper position.
She had problems and tried laxatives that gave her an upset stomach or didn’t work. She finally tried prune juice and it works, but a little too well. Getting the “dose” right has been a problem. Can she become addicted to prune juice?
A. Prune juice has been used for decades to combat constipation. Research suggests that prunes may also have heart benefits, since this fruit prevents oxidation of bad LDL cholesterol (Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, July, 2001).
Although it is possible to become dependent on stimulant laxatives, there is no evidence this is a problem with moderate prune consumption. To help your wife deal with the “dosing” issue and discover other natural remedies, we are sending you our Guides to Constipation and Digestive Disorders.
“Power Pudding” is a combination of prune juice, coarse bran and applesauce. For years, nurses have recommended taking one tablespoon of the mixture with a glass of water to alleviate constipation.