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What type of fiber supplement should I take?

William B. Salt II., MD
Gastroenterology
Even with a fiber-rich diet, a fiber supplement may be needed to achieve a sufficient fiber intake. Several types of fiber supplements are available. The most natural is a product containing psyllium. Psyllium has the added advantage of lowering cholesterol levels. Although psyllium is generically  available, two brand name products that contain psyllium are Metamucil (3.4 grams per teaspoon) and Konsyl (6.0 grams per teaspoon). Check the product label to determine the fiber content per serving. Consider adding up to twenty grams of psyllium to your diet each day beginning with three to six grams per day and gradually increasing the amount over several weeks. Be patient; it can take weeks for your gastrointestinal tract to adjust to more fiber. Also be consistent by taking it daily rather than intermittently.
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