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Understanding Psyllium husk fiber supplements: should you take them?

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In the world of dietary supplements, psyllium husk is becoming a star player. Whether it’s for helping with digestion, suppressing appetites, or preparing for anal sex, psyllium husk can be found in the cupboards of people all over the country, and beyond. 

But what is psyllium husk exactly? What are the benefits of psyllium husk? Should you take it in capsule or powder form? Read on for a comprehensive guide on psyllium husk and whether or not it’s right for you. 

What is Psyllium Husk?

Psyllium is a type of soluble fiber that comes from the husks of the Plantago ovata plant’s seeds and is traditionally used as a bulk-forming laxative to maintain regular bowel movements or to treat occasional constipation. Psyllium is often consumed via psyllium husk powder, which is what’s used in products like Metamucil. For those who want to partake, psyllium husk powder is mixed with water and taken by mouth, or in capsule form (which is our preferred method).

Psyllium husk and psyllium husk powder are the same thing, the only difference is one has been ground into a powder, which makes psyllium husk powder finer than whole psyllium husk.

Can You Take Psyllium Husk Every Day?

Psyllium husk is safe to use every day because of the ways it is different from other laxatives like stimulant laxatives and osmotic laxatives. Unlike stimulant laxatives, psyllium doesn’t cause contractions of the intestines, and unlike osmotic laxatives psyllium doesn’t draw water into the colon from the intestines in order to soften the stool. 

Instead, psyllium works by increasing the weight and bulk of stools, and it’s that increase that stimulates bowel movements. So yes, psyllium is safe to use every day.

Psyllium Husk Powder Vs. Psyllium Husk Capsules 

Psyllium husk supplements are available in two main forms: powder and capsules. Choosing between the two depends on personal preference, convenience, and lifestyle factors. 

Psyllium Husk Powder

The main benefits of psyllium husk powder are its versatility and absorption rate. Since psyllium husk powder can be easily mixed into food and drinks or taken in capsule form, it’s very easy to take. Plus, it absorbs more quickly, which means quicker relief. 

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