Fiber and the Reduction of Cholesterol

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Because many people do not consume adequate amounts of fiber in their diets, fiber supplements have become a convenient way to increase daily fiber intake. Fiber supplements come in many different forms (e.g., powders, capsules, chewable tablets, and wafers/bars), making it easy to consume additional fiber throughout the day. Many types of fiber supplements are available directly to consumers, and each has unique characteristics.

Individual health goals should be considered when selecting a fiber supplement. For example, people who are concerned with heart health may consider a psyllium fiber supplement. Psyllium is the only fiber supplement that has been endorsed by the Food and Drug Administration for heart benefits by lowering cholesterol. The Food and Drug Administration concluded that: "...viscous soluble fiber from psyllium seed husk, similar to beta-glucan viscous soluble fiber from whole oats, when included as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by lowering blood cholesterol levels."

(Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. "The Total Diet: Combining Nutrients, Consuming Food." Part B. Section 2. 2010. United States Department of Agriculture Website. www.cnpp.usda.gov/Publications/DietaryGuidelines/2010/DGAC/Report/B-2-TotalDiet.pdf. Accessed February 8, 2013.)

Metamucil helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels as part of your patients’ diet*

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Metamucil® is the only leading fiber supplement brand that contains 100% natural psyllium husk—a great source of both soluble and insoluble fiber. Unlike clear-mixing fiber supplements, psyllium forms a viscous gel, which traps sugars as the gel moves down the intestine. Trapped sugars are slowly released and absorbed into the body—so that too much will not be released into the blood at one time.

Individual health goals should be considered when selecting a fiber supplement. For example, people who are concerned with heart health may consider a psyllium fiber supplement. Psyllium is the only fiber supplement that has been endorsed by the Food and Drug Administration for heart benefits by lowering cholesterol. The Food and Drug Administration concluded that: "...viscous soluble fiber from psyllium seed husk, similar to beta-glucan viscous soluble fiber from whole oats, when included as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by lowering blood cholesterol levels."

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