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Understanding Fiber Supplements
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The psyllium fiber in Metamucil offers multiple health benefits. Unlike clear-mixing fiber supplements with no capacity to hold water, psyllium forms a viscous gel which drives psilluym’s multi-health benefits.The chart below shows how common sources of fiber fit based on these criteria.
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‡Among recommendations in a Symphony Health Solutions survey 2017 (OTC therapeutic fiber category).
†Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol that include 7 grams of soluble fiber per day from psyllium husk, as in Metamucil and Meta Daily Heart Health, may reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol. One serving of Metamucil has 2.4 grams of this soluble fiber. One serving of Meta Daily Heart Health has 3.6 grams of this soluble fiber. One serving of Metamucil capsules has at least 1.8 grams of this soluble fiber.