Has anyone used prune juice as a laxative?? Does it really work??
Prune juice, dried prunes, stewed prunes and some of the figs and plums all have properties that have laxative effects. They are usually quite reliable and work within a few hours. Some have them for breakfast and are off with the paper to the reading room shortly after breakfast.
When I was a patient in a children's hospital in Boston for many years during the 40's prune juice was passed around to the kids a few times a week to keep us regular.If that didn't work and you missed your BM for three days in a row,then you were wheeled into a large bathroom,rolled onto a table for a cleanout enema or two.However,when I wasn't bedridden,I got smart and cheated on the BM chart hanging on the back of the door to show I missed BM for three days.And sure enough,here comes the night nurse saying;" You're coming with me"
Was once sold as an alternative to chemical laxatives and enemas. Not very good tasting. Probably no better for that purpose then high-fiber, better-tasting products.
When I am on a cruise,my eating habits seem to change..so prunes in the morning with breakfast help keep things moving.
Good old prune juice and we also keep the dried prune fruit around as well. I love them and the results they give me can be fun too. My date is sitting beside me here and keeps telling me to mention that they are very good for you as well.
Every now and then my mom thought it was a good idea to see that everyone in the family got a little help. Breakfast would be a glass of prune juice followed by a bowl of All Bran. The only problem was that the main day for this was Saturday because she didn't want to cause a major discomfort at school or church.
As an aside some years ago my husband and I went to a Tex-Mex restaurant in New Jersey and they had a drink on the menu called Montezuma's Revenge. It was tequila and prune juice. Needless to say I did not have one.
When I was pregnant my ob/gyn did not want me using anything like a laxative and so I was told to have prune juice every morning to keep me regular. It did, too, although I'm still not really crazy about the way it tastes.
I must be odd, it doesn't do a thing to me. Nor do prunes themselves. Unless I eat a pound or so at a sitting. Maybe I grew up eating so much fresh and dried fruit that my system can process it without a laxative effect.
Not nearly as effective or as enjoyable as an enema! but I guess it does have its place.
Prune juice never did much for any of us kids. I always got a glass of orange juice at breakfast; sometimes I needed a laxative but was to much of a brat to cooperate. My nanny would discretely spike my juice with lactulose liquid and other than making it a little sweeter I never knew that I had been "dosed". Several hours later I would be on the pottychair or having my pants changed.
I have never used prune juice as a laxative,in fact I have rarely consumed prune juice. No particular reason, perhaps I just prefer dried prunes or fresh plums, both of which work quite well as a laxative.
I didn't have any luck with prune juice working as a laxative when I was pregnant (hence sub got to administer enemas). I liked the juice and whole prunes, but no movement was made. They did affect my system in a similar manner as dry beans, my family did not like me.
While at the grocery store I decided to see what all the hype about prune juice is. I picked up a 32 oz bottle of juice and put it in the cart with my groceries. When loading my car I put the bottle in the front seat and after starting the car to get the heat going I chugged about 18 ounces of the stuff. It was not too bad and the taste and texture was OK as well.
I had one more quick stop to make and while in that store I said to myself, "I don't feel real good." if it was all the sugar of something else I didn't know.
When I got home I started bringing in the groceries and my stomach grumbled once and I figured it was time to sit down on the toilet. It had been about 55 minutes since had chugged the prune juice and I thought it was way too soon for anything to happen but I had what seemed like about a quart of diarrhea. WOW, that was a clean-out! About the time the groceries were put away I had another bout with the toilet but less diarrhea this time. Some time later I has one more small bout on the toilet. I had to pass gas later and was not going to trust that feeling but from then on all my gas was dry. However, I did pass much smelly gas all evening and into the next day.
When I have alone time I am going to try heated juice and take the whole quart if I can get it all down.
I also want to try about 20 sticks of sugar free gum, sweetened with sorbitol the same active ingredient in prune juice and see what happens.
My parents would often make me drink prune juice at the slightest indication I was constipated. It tasted nasty! And it never worked. An enema was always forthcoming.
Growing up in rural Australia it was common back then to pickle either excess or softened plums in what was known as "Vacola" branded preservative jars...which were approximately 12 or so inches high X around 4" + in diameter...They never made it through to the following summer season as they were often used to supplement sweets dishes after evening meals...I liked (& still do) the natural rich flavour of prune juice, as well as the preserved fruit
Haven't tried prune juice but sounds very interesting and well worth a try. I read the comment by barb691 with particular delight :-)
Prune juice tastes good.
I don't know why prunes have a bad rap.
Dried plums are to prunes as dried grapes are to raisins.
It's just dried fruit.
Yes, it certainly worked for me❗️Comfortably warmed prune juice was Mom's first line of defense for constipation. BTW, Does anyone think that Dr. Pepper tastes like carbonated prune juice?
On my Father's side, my grandmother is strictly anti enema.
it is the closest thing to a laxative she will keep in her house.
I don't ever remember having prunes or prune juice as a kid. My younger sister is an MD and recommends prune juice for patients with constipation. In those instances where the constipation is more advanced she does prescribe an enema. She says that if the patient or the patient's mom is turned out with that idea she tells them to use a Fleet, but if they're OK, then it is a warm water bag enema.
My mom used to give me prune juice as a first attempt at solving my constipation when I was little. Unfortunately it never worked. She would follow that up with a dose of Milk of Magnesia, which also was ineffective. Finally she would get out the syringe and give me a soapy enema to make my bowels move. The only effect the prune juice had was to warn me that I was eventually going to be subjected to a dreaded syringing.
I never had much luck with prune juice
I have used prune juice as a laxative and it worked fine.
My grandmother, Mom's mother, as she aged came to live with us when I was eleven. The first thing I noticed was that she would start her day off each day with some prunes and often a glass of prune juice. I really wondered why and I finally I asked her about those things. She told me that the prunes and prune juice helped her go potty. So, one day while Mom and Mam-Maw was out I tried a prune and drank some of Mam-Maw's prune juice. Tasted ok... I guess, but I thought I sure wouldn't ask for any. Mom continued giving me enemas and Mam-Maw continued her prune routine. Which one was better at relieving constipation? Personally, I liked my enemas, whereas, Mam-Maw enjoyed her prunes and prune juice. To each his or her own.....
I drink roughly a 6 oz. glass of Prune juice every morning, and occasionally take a few swigs during the day (simply because I like prune juice), and it keeps me regular, and without constipation. I haven't found anything else I like as well that does the job that prune juice does for me. I also tend to lay off the real starchy foods, and excessive amounts of cheese, which I find to be constipating foods.
When I was a child my mother would offer a few prunes as a solution to mild constipation. I ate them as a matter of course, neither liking nor disliking the flavor or texture. My grandmother would stew them first to relieve a more advanced case of constipation. There was always a box of prunes in the refrigerator, kept only for their laxative qualities. I knew no culinary use for them at the time. We never had prune juice in the house as I remember.
On another note, a friend and I would stuff a prune or two into our cheeks and pretend we were chewing tobacco, spitting brown juice and imagining we were cowboys. Mom was none too happy when she discovered us wasting food that way. She made us eat the rest of the box as a penance. I recall having a loose stool that evening, and supposed my buddy was at home on the pot at about the same time.
Stewed prunes work really well for me. Also Plum-Smart...same thing in a different form. Other good things about prunes and plums is that they are a high source of potassium and a good source of the A and B-6 vitamins and magnesium. The tend to be high in sugar though, so diabetics should stay away.
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Yes it is used in hospital for non diabetics. We usually warm it up and it does work as a first resort treatment.
Just a tad off topic (but not too much), I saw a Facebook quip doing the rounds where two old geezers are having a conversation, and the one says to the other: "I am currently on a viagra and prune juice diet - and I really don't know whether I'm coming or going..."
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