Q. I’m 50 and I have had problems with constipation most of my life. Nothing I tried helped at all until I read about raw almonds.
I started eating a handful of almonds every day. As long as I eat them, I am not constipated. It only takes about 1/4 cup to maintain regular bowel movements.
One of the best things about almonds is that it is easy to take them along when I’m traveling. Usually my constipation is worse on trips. I know that constipation is a common problem, so I thought I would pass this along for others.
A. Although we have heard that almonds can ease symptoms of heartburn, this is the first we have heard that they could help constipation. Other popular approaches to constipation include prunes, flaxseed, bran and magnesium. When traveling, sugarless gum, like a bag of almonds, is also easy to carry and will often solve a constipation problem. You can learn more about these home remedies and get recipes for power pudding and pumpkin-bran muffins in our Guide to Constipation.