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What are the causes of Black Stools


Black stools are causes due to several reasons. Are you getting black stools? Here are the potential causes explained about black stools that will help you to figure out your issues.

Usually first think of things in our food, or meds we use, which could color the stools dark/black:

  • iron supplements
  • spinach
  • liquorice
  • Bismuth (more greyish color)

If you have stomach pains, or are using Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and/or an Anticoagulant in the USA usually Warfarin tablets or Heparin injections, and the stool has a rather more strong somewhat sweet smell, glistens and sticks to the toilet pot, you might have an Upper gastrointestinal bleeding.  If so you might have experienced a bit of dizzyness before defecating.

This stool we call Melena.It has a specific overpowering smell, once you have smelled you will never forget, the nurses among the readers will recognize this.

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Other Symptoms Of Black Stools

Here are the other symptoms that you’ll experience:

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Poor Appetite
  • Rectal Pain
  • Sudden Weight Loss
  •  Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Changes in bowel habbits

Black Stools Explained With A Video

If black stools smell bad, are sticky, if there is stomach pains and it’s frequent then it could mean internal bleeding in the upper intestines.

Anything from an ulcer, inflammation, cancer, a vein in the stomach rupturing, taking too many pain medications and any kind of tear could cause the bleeding.

Here is a good video about what causes black stools and some ideas on improving digestion.

Also a medical cause would be bleeding in the gastro-intestinal tract and would need investigation and treatment.

How To Cure Black Stools?

Go for a doctors help that’s the first cure I can advice you. Black stools also occur due to another reason that’s the intake of Oreo biscuits, so if you’ve ate any Oreo Biscuits then don’t worry.


You need to go to doctor in order to get treated. At first a complete medical examination will take place. Blood test and imagining scan will be performed in order to determine any further blockages or infections in your body.

If nothing is found a colonoscopy and endoscopy will be performed. Once diagnosed one of the following treatments may take place. You can either be treated with antibiotics, surgery of affected abnormal veins, removal of polyps, change in diets etc.

Here are the list of foods that can help you to counter with black stools. Addition or instake of fibers really helps as it reduces all sort of tears in colon.

  • Raspberries
  • Whole Grain
  • Beans
  •  Pears
  • Anti-Chokes

These are some of the best-est food that you can consume. So here’s everything that you need to know about on how to cure black stools. You can drop a comment if you got any health issues.

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