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How to Take Psyllium Husk Supplements like Metamucil

Dietary fiber is well known for its digestive health benefits, but certain fibers can do so much more. Take psyllium husk, for example. Psyllium husk is the super fiber in Metamucil powders , best known for supporting gut health*. Even better, psyllium husk can also provide other health-related benefits such as supporting heart health by lowering cholesterol† and supporting healthy blood sugar levels*. Keep reading to find out how to take psyllium husk supplements like Metamucil every day to reach your fiber goals.

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How to Take Psyllium Husk

If you have decided to take psyllium husk, there are a few things to keep in mind to optimize its effects on you.

How to Choose the Psyllium Husk that’s Right for You

Metamucil’s psyllium husk supplements come in three different forms. Ask yourself two important questions before deciding which form to try:

Which form of psyllium husk fiber will fit your lifestyle?

Metamucil is best known for its psyllium husk powders. You can also take Metamucil capsules and thins to get psyllium husk fiber into your diet. If you want to add psyllium husk into your morning or nighttime routine, powders may be the route for you. Metamucil capsules and thins, however, could be a great option if your life is more on-the-go.

What benefits are you looking for?

Psyllium husk can offer up to four benefits—but the form of psyllium husk you take does determine which health benefits you can get. Metamucil powders offer all four benefits: it promotes digestive health*, helps lower cholesterol to promote heart health†, helps support healthy blood sugar levels*, and helps you feel less hungry between meals*. Metamucil capsules offer three benefits: they help support digestive health*, help lower cholesterol to promote heart health†, and help support healthy blood sugar levels*. Metamucil fiber thins help support digestive health* and help satisfy hunger*.

Take it with fluids.

Psyllium husk readily absorbs water, so it’s important to take the supplement with fluids. Dissolving the psyllium husk in water or juice or blending the psyllium husk into a tropical fruit smoothie are good ways to get both the psyllium serving and the required fluids simultaneously. If you drink fluids separately, you can also consume psyllium husk by adding it to food by, for instance, incorporating it into a muffin recipe. Find more recipes with psyllium husk.

Take it as directed on the product label.

Each of Metamucil’s psyllium husk products have specific instructions. In addition to the likely recommendation to take psyllium husk with fluids, serving information should always be followed.

Psyllium Husk Dosage

There is no one-size-fits-all psyllium husk serving size it depends on the benefits you want. Starting psyllium husk supplements, one serving at a time is a good way to let your body adjust to the additional fiber. As you get used to the new supplement, you can increase the amount and take more psyllium husk with more water.

How Much Psyllium Husk to Take

Because psyllium husk offers a way to bridge the fiber gap and ensure that you are getting enough fiber nutrition, the amount of psyllium husk you should take depends on the amount of fiber you already get through your diet and the benefits you are looking for.

The recommended amount of fiber is 28 grams per day with variations based on age and gender.3 By considering how much fiber you get through the foods and drinks you already consume, you can determine how much more fiber you may want to intake through psyllium husk products like Metamucil.

When to Take Psyllium Husk

Less than 10% of Americans get enough daily fiber4—American’s on average get about half of their daily recommend fiber from their diets, so the majority of adults would benefit from taking a Metamucil fiber supplement to help close their fiber gap.

You may also want to consider taking a psyllium husk supplement like Metamucil if the benefits sound like something that would improve your overall health and wellness. Metamucil’s psyllium husk powders offer four health benefits, depending on which form you choose to take. If you’re looking to help support your digestive health*, appetite control*, heart health by lowering cholesterol †, or healthy blood sugar levels*, Metamucil’s psyllium husk powders may be a great option for you.

Talk to your healthcare provider if you’re deciding whether to add psyllium husk supplements to your diet.

What Time to Take Psyllium Husk

Any time of day is a great day to take Metamucil’s psyllium husk, so long as you drink plenty of water with it (at least 8 oz). Start with one serving per day, then gradually increase your daily servings each week to reach your health goals. The key to getting benefits from your psyllium husk supplements is consistency. Try taking it with meals to make it part of your daily routine.

One important consideration for when to take your Metamucil: Psyllium is a bulk-forming fiber, and it may affect how medicines work. Take it at least 2 hours before or after any medicines you need to take. Talk to your healthcare provider if you have any questions about when you should take a psyllium husk supplement like Metamucil.

Where to Find Psyllium Husk

There are several Metamucil products that contain psyllium husk. These products provide different amounts of dietary fiber and allow you to consume that dietary fiber in the form that works best for you. For example, you can swallow capsules, eat fiber thins, or choose our powder drink options. There are also different flavors to choose from. Keep in mind that the benefits you’ll get depends on which product you choose, so click through the link to read about the Metamucil products you’re interested in to make sure they give the benefits you want.

Here is a list of some Metamucil products that contain psyllium husk and information on the amount of dietary fiber each one offers. Read each label and use as directed.

  1. Garg P. Psyllium Husk Should Be Taken at Higher Dose with Sufficient Water to Maximize Its Efficacy. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 2017;117(5):681. doi:10.1016/j.jand.2017.03.001

  2. McRorie JW. Evidence-based approach to fiber supplements and clinically meaningful health benefits, part 1. Nutrition Today. 2015;50(2):82-89. doi:10.1097/NT.0000000000000082

  3. *https://www.regulations.gov/document/FDA-2012-N-1210-0875

  4. https://www.ars.usda.gov/ARSUserFiles/80400530/pdf/usual/Usual_Intake_gender_WWEIA_2015_2018.pdf

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