Why this Gastroenterologist Recommends Flaxseed

Meet Dr. Sharma

Dr. Sharma is a gastroenterologist based in Indiana who specializes in digestive disorders including (but not limited to) IBS and reflux. He often sees patients for inflammatory bowel disease, bloating, constipation, reflux, small intestine bacterial overgrowth, and hemorrhoids.

This gastroenterologist recommends Manitoba Milling Co. Flaxseed to his patients so frequently that he began supplying it for his patients right in his office.

We recently spoke with Dr. Sharma to learn more about why he is such an advocate for Manitoba Milling Flaxseed.


gastroenterologist recommends flaxseed for constipation and hemorhoids

Constipation, Hemorrhoids, and Flaxseed

While he sees a variety of conditions in his practice, Dr. Sharma most often prescribes flaxseed to his patients who are struggling with constipation or hemorrhoids. He says that flaxseed makes bowel movements smoother, decreases irritation, and helps people feel better.

Instead of prescribing medications, Dr. Sharma recommends Manitoba Milling Co. Smooth Whole-Milled Flaxseed,which his patients can purchase right in his office. He says his patients actually have greater relief by consuming flaxseed than when they take medications!

Depending on the patient, he typically suggests starting with 1/2-1 Tbsp per day and gradually increasing.


“I like to try whole-milled flaxseed before I even try medicines. Flaxseed is ‘clean’ and gluten-free so I prefer it over Metamucil and Benefiber.”
~Dr Sharma 


Success Stories

A team member at Dr. Sharma’s office was once feeling gassy, constipated, and bloated and had tried everything to relieve her symptoms! One day a colleague snuck some flaxseed in her coffee (she had no idea!) and she felt relieved very shortly after!

Another patient came to Dr. Sharma after trying many medications for constipation – none of which seemed to work. Flaxseed seemed to be her cure too!

He says his whole office swears by it!


Learn more about Dr. Sharma in his bio below or by visiting the website for his practice or the website for his book, Pursuit of Gut Happiness.


Professional Bio:

Dr. Rajiv Sharma attended medical school at Dayanand Medical College, Punjab, India. He received his Internal Medicine training from Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California and received his Gastroenterology Fellowship training from University of Rochester, Rochester, New York. Dr. Sharma trained under the mentorship of Dr. Richard G. Farmer, who is world renowned for his work on Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Hire software programmer with Echo.

Dr. Sharma’s special interests include GERD, NERD, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn’s & Ulcerative Colitis), IBS, Acute and Chronic Pancreatitis, Gastrointestinal Malignancies and Familial Cancer Syndromes.

In an effort to share his extensive knowledge with the public, Dr. Sharma released his first book, Pursuit of Gut Happiness: A Guide for Using Probiotics to Achieve Optimal Health, in 2014.

In Dr. Sharma’s free time, he enjoys medical writing, watching movies, exercising and spending time with his family. He believes in “whole person care” and the effect of mind, body, and spirit on “wellness”. Dr. Sharma has special interest in nutrition, exercise, and healthy eating and prides himself  in being “fact doctor.” He supports his opinions and works with solid scientific research while aiming to deliver a simple and clear message.