Should You Add Psyllium to Your Diet?
Want to crush food cravings, lower cholesterol, improve blood sugar control and stay regular? A fiber supplement called psyllium may help. Psyllium is derived from a shrub plant and, although it isn’t a magic bullet, a growing body of research points to its potential health benefits. You can find psyllium in powder or pill form, and also in some breakfast cereals.
Generally, I’m not a big proponent of most supplements, but this one could be a smart addition to a healthy diet for the average person (talk to your doctor first to see if it’s right for you). While a diet rich in fruit, vegetables, whole grains, beans and legumes will help you meet your fiber requirements (30 – 38 g/day for men, 25 g for women), the average American only eats about 15 g fiber daily, according to data from the Institutes of Medicine.
Studies show that psyllium fiber can play a role in relieving constipation, improving cholesterol and blood sugar, and it may increase satiety. Early research also suggests that psyllium may benefit people who suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome.