OsmoAid™ Lactitol

A gentle laxative that contributes to digestive health

Treating constipation has been an issue for centuries. Traditional laxatives (osmotic or bulk laxatives) often taste unpleasant and have unwanted side effects.

OsmoAidTM, the Nutrition & Biosciences brand of Lactitol for digestive health, is a sweet-tasting, odorless, disaccharide sugar alcohol. It’s been used for more than 20 years to promote gut health in constipated individuals—including children, adults, and the elderly.

Unlike conventional laxatives which can be harsh, OsmoAid™ works gently by lowering colonic pH and stimulating peristalsis (the rippling and wave-like motion that contracts and relaxes the bowel muscles). It also increases osmotic pressure in the intestinal lumen, which helps to get things moving and increases fecal volume.

Proven Efficacy for all Ages

Numerous studies conducted on constipated adults have demonstrated that OsmoAid™ is highly effective at significantly increasing stool frequency, is well tolerated with no adverse effects, and is considered a pleasant treatment.

Similarly, studies conducted on constipated children between 8 months to 16 years of age confirmed OsmoAid™’s usefulness as a relieving agent with proven therapeutic efficacy and better tolerability. In particular, it was observed that the children tested did not experience abdominal pain and increased flatulence.

Key Benefits

  • Proven to be effective in treating chronic constipation
  • Suitable for all ages (children, adults, elderly)
  • Pleasant taste
  • Easy to use with no adverse effects
  • Suitable for long-term use
  • Affordable

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Lactitol supports at least one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.



Lactitol is widely recognized as a food ingredient and as such can be used in foodstuffs and dietary supplements, although national regulations apply. It’s sold and registered as a drug in many countries, including the EU, Korea, India and Australia. Lactitol is also described in both the European and the United States Pharmacopoeia.


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