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Intestinal Motility

Intestinal motility refers to the speed of which food particulate passes through the intesines, with an increase in motility causing faster evacuation and a prolonged motility time being the opposite.

Research analysis led by Kamal Patel.
All content reviewed by the Examine.com Team. Published: Jul 5, 2013
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Human Effect Matrix

The Human Effect Matrix looks at human studies (it excludes animal and in vitro studies) to tell you what supplements affect intestinal motility
Grade Level of Evidence
Robust research conducted with repeated double-blind clinical trials
Multiple studies where at least two are double-blind and placebo controlled
Single double-blind study or multiple cohort studies
Uncontrolled or observational studies only
Level of Evidence
? The amount of high quality evidence. The more evidence, the more we can trust the results.
Outcome Magnitude of effect
? The direction and size of the supplement's impact on each outcome. Some supplements can have an increasing effect, others have a decreasing effect, and others have no effect.
Consistency of research results
? Scientific research does not always agree. HIGH or VERY HIGH means that most of the scientific research agrees.
Notes
grade-b Strong Very High See all 10 studies
Senna Alexandria is a reference drug for its laxative effects, with comparable efficacy to oral polyethylene glycol (PEG; used before colonoscopies) and lactulose, but more cost-effective than the latter
grade-c Notable - See study
The one study to assess intestinal motility (speed of food transit from stomach to anus) has noted a near halving of time, suggesting that yacon increases intestinal motility.
grade-c Minor - See study
May increase intestinal motility

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