Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is Konsyl?
A: Konsyl products are available as an Over the Counter (OTC) drug and a Dietary Supplement. All Konsyl OTC drug products contain all-natural psyllium fiber, a soluble fiber that has multiple health benefits that support digestive, weight, heart and blood sugar health.* Konsyl Balance and Fiber Betic products contain Inulin, a pre-biotic fiber from chickory root in addition to the all-natural psyllium fiber
Q: What does Konsyl do?
A:Konsyl products contain psyllium fiber, a soluble fiber that has multiple health benefits. In addition to supporting digestive health*, it also helps lower cholesterol to promote heart health.*+
Adding Konsyl Fiber to your daily healthcare routine may help to reduce blood sugar absorption, thereby helping to maintain healthy blood sugar levels.*
It also helps support a healthy weight.*
Q: What does All-Natural Psyllium mean?
A: Konsyl contains Psyllium Hydrophillic Mucilloid (husks), a natural dietary fiber that originates from Plantago ovata.
Q: Are Konsyl products Kosher certified?
A: Yes, all Konsyl products are Kosher certified.
Q: Are Konsyl products gluten free?
A: Per the FDA, Gluten Free means that a product does not contain any ingredient derived from the grains wheat, rye or barley, and that is contains less than 20 parts per million (ppm) of Gluten. All Konsyl products are Gluten Free.
Most Konsyl fiber products are gluten free. Those with celiac disease can choose from a Konsyl fiber capsule or powdered fiber supplement, like Konsyl Original, Konsyl Easy Mix or Konsyl Orange for fiber therapy. These Konsyl products are gluten-free and safe for use by those with celiac disease. These Konsyl fiber supplements are made from the psyllium plant, which is in the dicot division. Plants containing gluten are in the monocot division of plants; the two aren’t even related. In Easy Mix, maltodextrin is used to make the psyllium easier to mix. Maltodextrin is a modified food starch derived from corn.
Q: Are there medications I should avoid while taking Konsyl?
A: You should always consult your physician. Laxatives, including bulk fibers, may affect how other medicines work. Wait 1-2 hours before or after taking other medicines.
Q: Can I take Konsyl if I am pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant?
A: You should always inform your physician if you are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant before using Konsyl.
Q: Should I alert my physician or pharmacist about any allergies?
A: As always, discuss all allergies with your physician prior to taking Konsyl or any other medications.
Q: What is the best way to mix Konsyl?
A: It is recommended to mix Konsyl with at least 8 ounces (a full glass) of water or other cold fluid. The best way to mix these products is by using a Konsyl shaker cup or closed container. Contact Customer Service for a free Konsyl Shaker Cup at Konsyl Customer Service.
Q: Do Konsyl powder products have to be mixed with water?
A: No. Konsyl powdered fiber supplement products may be mixed in a variety of beverages. We do not recommend carbonated drinks because carbonation is not desirable when shaking the product. Some popular choices for mixing: are pulpy fruit juices, iced tea, milk, lemonade, and diet beverages like Crystal Lite and Diet V-8 for people concerned with sugar intake. See our recipes for more information
Q: When I started taking Konsyl, I experienced bloating. Is this normal?
A: Bloating for the first week may be normal, as your body adjusts to fiber intake. It is recommended to start with a half dose for the first week, gradually working up to a full dose.
Q: When is the best time for me to take my Konsyl product(s)?
A: Konsyl psyllium fiber supplement powders can be taken anytime during the day or night, with or without food, though you must drink plenty of fluids: 8 glasses daily for overall good health. If you take it too late in the evening you will not allow yourself time to consume adequate fluid. Not to mention, if you drink a lot of liquid at night you may be up urinating at night. Another consideration for night-time dosing is that when you go to sleep, your body slows down to a "rest mode" Body systems are not operating as efficiently as during the day when you're up and moving around. The longer waste stays in the colon; the more water is being drawn out. We suggest nighttime dosing to those individuals who are taking it for diarrhea or loose stools, because too much fluid in the stool is actually a problem for them. For constipation we suggest that Konsyl fiber supplements be taken early in the day when you will be active and moving around and your body systems are functioning at a higher rate. Also, you will have more time to consume additional fluids throughout the day.
Q: What is the normal dose for Konsyl?
A: Adults 12 years and older: 1 teaspoon (6g) in 8 oz. of fluid, 2 times daily. Follow with additional fluid to aid product action, before or after meals, morning or evenings.
Children under12 years: consult with their doctor.
Q: Can I take Konsyl more than 3 times per day?
A:No. The FDA approved labeling allows a maximum of 3 teaspoons a day. The labeling also counsels, "Stop use and ask a doctor if you fail to have a bowel movement". It could be the sign of a more serious condition.
Q: Can I take Konsyl with hot tea, hot coffee or other hot beverages?
A:No. Hot liquids are not recommended because it may not be able to drink it all before it begins to thickens, due to the temperature of the Liquid.
Q: Is it OK to take Konsyl with food? Should I take it before or after meals?
A: Yes. Konsyl can be taken before or after meals, mornings or evenings.
Q: Is it OK to use Konsyl everyday?
A: Yes. For additional information, please see the Supplement and Drug Facts on the product label.
Q: How many calories and carbohydrates are in Konsyl psyllium?
Q: What is the difference between Konsyl Original Formula and Konsyl Easy Mix fiber supplements?
Q: What is the difference between Konsyl Fiber Caplets and Konsyl Original Formula Powder?
A: Konsyl Original Formula Powder fiber supplement is made from psyllium (5 grams of dietary fiber per dose). Natural fiber sources like psyllium provide both soluble and insoluble fiber. Konsyl Fiber Caplets are made from Calcium Polycarbophil (1/2 gram per tablet) and are a form of soluble fiber.
Q: What is the difference between Konsyl Original Powder and Konsyl Psyllium Capsules?
Q: What is the difference between Konsyl Psyllium capsules and SennaPrompt capsules?
A: SennaPrompt capsules contain Psyllium plus sennosides. Psyllium is a bulking agent and sennosides are a stimulant that promotes relief of constipation generally within a 12-hour period. SennaPrompt should be taken for quick overnight relief of constipation. It is not meant for long-term use whereas adding Konsyl to your diet is safe for long-term use.
Q: What is dietary fiber?
A: Dietary Fiber is defined by the Mayo Clinic as the indigestible portion of food derived from plants. There are two main components to Dietary Fiber: Soluble fiber, which dissolves in water, is readily fermented in the colon into gases and physiologically active byproducts, and can be prebiotic and viscous; and, Insoluble fiber, which does not dissolve in water, is metabolically inert and provides bulking, or it can be prebiotic and metabolically ferment in the large intestine.
Q: What's the difference between soluble and insoluble fiber?
A: Soluble fiber acts like a sponge in the intestines, absorbing water. It forms a thick gel which lubricates throughout the entire intestinal tract. This makes it easier for waste to pass more quickly through the intestines (bowel motility), which reduces incidences of constipation.* Recent research suggests that increasing soluble fiber in the diet may be beneficial for:
- Supporting lower cholesterol to promote heart health*
- Slowing the absorption of glucose to help support healthy blood sugar levels*
- Helping to support a healthy weight*
Insoluble fiber acts like a broom sweeping through your digestive system. It absorbs little water but it adds bulk in the lower intestinal tract. Though less effective than soluble fiber in promoting bowel regularity, it is a necessary part of your diet. It aids in moving waste through the colon quickly and since insoluble fiber isn’t digested, it isn’t converted into calories. Insoluble fiber tends to help:
- Slowing the absorption of glucose*
Q: What are the best sources of soluble and insoluble fiber?
A: Good sources of soluble fiber include:
- Oatmeal and oat bran
- Legumes (dried beans, peas and lentils)
- Fruits and most vegetables
Good sources of insoluble fiber include:
- Whole grains (wheat bran, whole-grain breads)
- Whole-wheat pasta
- Fruits and vegetables with edible skins and seeds (apples, pears, strawberries and tomatoes)
Psyllium fiber supplements contain both soluble and insoluble fiber.
Q: Do I need to increase my dietary fiber?
A: Typical Americans consume only 10-15 grams of fiber per day. The National Cancer Institute recommends eating 25-35 grams of fiber daily. Obtaining the recommended amount of fiber will assist in maintaining good digestive and cardiovascular health, and aid in weight management.
Q: What are the signs of low fiber or fiber deficiency?
A: There are three main warning signs that may indicate you are not getting enough fiber:
- Weight Gain*
- Blood Sugar Fluctuation*
Q: Does fiber help you lose weight?
A: Fiber can help make you feel full. The fuller you feel, the less likely you are to snack or eat large meals. Also, if a food contains insoluble fiber, that portion is not broken down by your digestive system so it is not converted into calories.
Q: Why do I need to drink more water when I increase fiber intake?
A: Adequate fluid intake while on a fiber regimen helps prevent constipation and assists the fiber in doing what it does best, moving food through your digestive system.
Q: Is there fiber in milk or meat?
A: No. There is no dietary fiber in milk or meat. Some meats may seem tough and "fibrous," but they do not contain the dietary fiber that has health benefits like helping to lower cholesterol or aiding constipation. Fiber comes from plants like fruits, vegetables, seeds and psyllium seed husks.
Q: How much psyllium fiber do I need to lower my cholesterol*?
A: For lowering cholesterol to promote heart health*, diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol that include 7 grams of soluble fiber per day from psyllium husk as in Konsyl Original Formula may reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol. One adult dose of Konsyl Original Formula has 3 grams of soluble fiber.
Q: Is fiber good for alleviating constipation*? Or for diarrhea?
A: Fiber can help both! Fiber is a stool normalizer. It can soak up excess water in the bowels, helping diarrhea and making a firmer bowel movement. It can also help if you are constipated by pulling water into the colon, making a softer, bulkier bowel movement.
Q: How can I check my fiber levels?
A: The best way to check your fiber levels is to maintain a food diary. Then you can add up the amount of fiber you are consuming every day.
+For lowering cholesterol to promote heart health. Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol that include 7 grams of soluble fiber per day from psyllium husk as in Konsyl Original Formula may reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol. One adult does of Konsyl Original Formula has 3 grams of this soluble fiber.