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 10X 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 for the relief of constipation.* It absorbs liquid in the intestines, swells and forms a bulky stool, which is easy to pass.
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.
Psyllium fiber is used to support a healthy digestive system. The bulking agent helps promote regularity and reduce abdominal bloating.
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 which equates to 3 grams of soluble fiber.
A fiber rich diet and fiber supplementation can support healthy cholesterol levels* and helps to support healthy glucose insulin levels.
Only psyllium fiber has been proven to promote heart health, by lowering cholesterol.+*
Methylcellulose (wood fiber, as used in Citrucel) in its natural state is an insoluble fiber. It has been chemically altered to have properties like soluble fiber.
+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.