I have high cholesterol, high BP and heart disease runs in my family. I've read that psyllium husk?
- 4 Aug 2011 by Sally M.
- metamucil, high cholesterol, heart disease, psyllium, dietary fiber supplementation, heart
(Metamucil) can help lower cholesterol levels and help prevent heart disease and keep the colon healthy. However-- I have never had digestive or elimination probs--totally regular! IAm I asking for trouble if I add a fiber supplement to my daily diet?
THX in advance!
4 Aug 2011
Generally fiber supplements, especially bulk forming ones, can help with constipation but also with causing loose stools to form up. I think adding the psyllium husk might soften the stools some but I dont think it will be troublesome for you, even if you are normally regular, it will just keep you that way. You must be sure to drink plenty of fluids when using fiber supplements for them to work their best. Aim for 64oz of water or juices per day. Iced tea and coffee do not count for fluid replacement because they act as diuretics on the body therefore pull more fluid off than they replace. Water is truly the best fluid but many people dont like to drink water. I find that a good quality bottled water is good-I cant abide our tap water where I live so I have an RO filter. After you get used to drinking water, only water does the trick when you are thirsty.
Adding lemon or lime or any fruit to flavor the water is good or even adding something like Chrystal Light is better than drinking soda, coffee or tea. My father takes psyllium husk fiber for his cholesterol and also to help him lose weight. I've been thinking of trying it. I usually use Benefiber for my fiber supplement because it is tasteless and doesnt thicken liquids and you can add it to anything but I'm not sure it has the same properties as psyllium does for the weight loss. Any fiber can help cholesterol levels though. It helps to bind to the cholesterol in your diet so it isnt absorbed by the body.
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