Also called “kanten” in Oriental shops, agar is a gelatinlike food made from various types of red algae. Agar flakes contain concentrated bonding properties and are used to make various types of gelled desserts and terrines. Agar flakes can be quite effective in relieving constipation. Simply cook 1 teaspoon agar in 1 cup apple juice, stirring often, over low heat until the flakes dissolve, about 7 minutes. Drink warm before bed.

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