Psyllium has been studied for its effects on lowering total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol. Strong evidence for its effects on triglyceride levels is lacking. Results are conflicting as to the effects of psyllium on HDL cholesterol levels. Studies on other effects of psyllium on protein levels and plaque lipid content are unclear at this time.
Psyllium is the main ingredient in many laxatives. Studies on the laxative effects of psyllium have been somewhat conflicting, but in general, they show that psyllium increases the wet and dry weight of stool and the frequency of bowel movements, as well as decreases total gut transit time.
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