I am so excited about this, I had to share it with everyone! I was pretty sure that I had figured out recently, but I wanted to wait a few more weeks, before I said anything... POMEGRANATES!!!! EAT THE SEEDS, PLEASE!! Yes, I have been taking pain meds for about two years now, regularly. And I have been constipated regularly for about two years now. :O) My husband has always loved those seedy suckers, but although the juice tastes lovely, I always thought that they were too much work for so little reward, as I've always spat out the seeds after sucking them dry. About a month or two ago, pomegranates came into season. Watching my husband putting the seeds into his yogurt, I asked him why the heck he eats the seeds; he told me to read a little about it online and research I did. All the research that I read advised that pomegranates are some of the healthiest things ever nature-produced, chalk-full of antioxidants, vitamins, and the seeds are basically FIBER in a seed. All the research advised that you should absolutely eat the seeds, that it is a terrible waste not to, as so much goodness exists inside them. So, I began my adventure with pomegranates. I ate at least a quarter of a small/medium one a day. Sometimes I would sit down and eat a whole one! I would put a handful into my yogurt, on top of my salad, or just sit down and eat it by itself. Within a week or two, I began to have more regular BMs. After a month or two now, I have a nice BM usually once a day. My gassiness and bloating has passed and I don't have to take rxed meds to help me go after noticing that I haven't gone in over three days. It's like a miracle; who would've thought that something as simple and normal (that most people take for granted) as a BM could come from something as simple and normal as a seedy fruit? Just today I announced my breakthrough to my husband (we're open like that) and he told me that that was the whole reason why he started eating and loving pomegranates so much-to control his IBS (The poor guy had such terrible IBS that he had to finish high school in home schooling because his IBS was ruling his life) when someone told him to eat pomegranates. And he did. Anyways, I just figured that I'd share this revelation with everyone, since I'm super excited about it and I plan on making pomegranates (but most importantly, their seeds) a regular part of my diet. BELOW IS A DIRECT CUT AND PASTE FROM ABOUT.COM'S QUESTION OF THE WEEK... "Question of the Week Q. My 5 year old son loves pomegranates. He eats the seed and swallows the hard part in the middle after chewing it up. This is the way I've always eaten my pomegranates. Is this ok for my children to do or should they only extract the juice? My sister told me that the seeds can get lodged in the intestines and create problems. Is this true? Mike, California A. According to the Pomegranate Council, when eating a pomegranate, you should 'roll out the arils (juice sacs)', discard everything else, and then 'eat the arils whole, seeds and all.' They go on to say that it is a 'personal choice' as to whether or not you eat the seeds. However, keep in mind that 'most of the fiber that you get from eating pomegranates comes from that little seed.' In addition to having some fiber, pomegranates are a good source of Vitamin C and potassium."