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What is Psyllium?

What is Psyllium?

Psyllium fiber comes from the outer coating, or "husk" of the psyllium plant's seeds. It is not wheat, and is therefore gluten free.

The psyllium husk is a natural source of soluble fiber, similar to fiber found in grains such as oats and barley.

*The amount of soluble fiber in psyllium is nearly 5X higher than that of oat bran.

100 grams of psyllium = 50 grams of soluble fiber
100 grams of oat bran = 5 grams of soluble fiber

A bulk forming laxative, psyllium fiber is frequently used to treat constipation. It absorbs liquid in the intestines, swells and forms a bulky stool, which is easy to pass.

How Does Psyllium Fiber Work?

Only certain soluble fibers, such as the psyllium fiber in Konsyl, have multiple health benefits, because of its' gelling action. As psyllium forms a gel, it acts like a sponge and absorbs toxins in the digestive tract.

What are the Benefits of Psyllium Fiber?

Helpful for both constipation and diarrhea and used to support a healthy digestive system.

Bulking agent that promotes regularity.

Heart Health Benefits

Clinical studies have shown that 7 grams of soluble fiber from psyllium husk, taken daily as part of a heart healthy diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol.

One dose of Konsyl Original provides 6 grams of psyllium fiber = 3 grams of soluble fiber.

Help Maintain Healthy Blood Sugar Levels

A fiber rich diet and fiber supplementation decreases blood cholesterol levels and helps to maintain blood glucose insulin levels.

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How Does Psyllium Fiber Compare to Other Types of Fibers?

Only psyllium fiber has been proven to promote heart health, by lowering cholesterol.

Methylcellulose (wood fiber, as in Citrucel) in its natural state is an insoluble fiber. It has been chemically altered to have properties like soluble fiber.