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Metamucil is a bulk-producing laxative and fiber supplement. The Metamucil brand has existed since 1934, and was owned by G. D. Searle & Company until 1985 when Procter & Gamble acquired the brand. Metamucil has recently shortened their name to Meta and significantly changed the look of the packaging. The active ingredient is psyllium seed husks. Psyllium seed husk contains 70 percent soluble fiber, while Metamucil delivers 2.4 grams of soluble fiber per serving. It may also reduce cholesterol when taken daily.[1] Metamucil is sold in powdered drink mixes, capsules, and wafers. Metamucil has been available in different flavors, such as Orange, Berry, and Pink Lemonade. A sugar-free version has also been available.

Health benefits[edit]

Fiber supplements such as Metamucil supplement the dietary fiber provided by food sources.[2] A study reported in 2014 showed very modest benefit in irritable bowel syndrome. 7 people would need to be treated for 1 person to benefit.[3]

Potential side effects[edit]

Since psyllium husk-containing products, such as Metamucil, are sometimes used as a source of dietary fiber, the intake of dietary fiber could hinder the absorption of vitamins, minerals, and proteins.[4][not in citation given] Dietary fiber helps the gastrointestinal tract absorb excess water and remove food wastes, but an excessively high intake of dietary fiber will also negatively affect the absorption process in the intestinal tract. Taking a fiber supplement can decrease the absorption of minerals by decreasing the transit time, lowering the concentration of minerals by accumulating more fecal matter, and can also cause the minerals to become trapped in the faeces, leaving the body without absorption.[citation needed] This could affect individuals who may not be meeting, or barely attaining, their body's mineral or nutrient needs.[5][not in citation given] Psyllium fiber has been shown in studies to lower blood cholesterol and glucose levels while another common fiber, methylcellulose, has not shown these benefits.[6][7][8][9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mayo Clinic webpage on cholesterol-lowering supplements Retrieved March 1, 2007.
  2. ^ Cho SS, Dreher ML (2001). Handbook of Dietary Fiber. 
  3. ^ Moayyadi P et al, Am J of Gastroenterology, Sept 2014.
  4. ^ Marlett JA, McBurney MI, Slavin JL (July 2002). "Position of the American Dietetic Association: health implications of dietary fiber". Journal of the American Dietetic Association 102 (7): 993–1000. doi:10.1016/S0002-8223(02)90228-2. PMID 12146567. 
  5. ^ Kies C (1983). "Purified Psyllium Seed Fiber, Human Gastrointestinal Tract Function, and Nutritional status of Humans". Unconventional Sources of Dietary Fiber. ACS Symposium Series 214: 61–70. doi:10.1021/bk-1983-0214.ch005. ISBN 0-8412-0768-2. 
  6. ^ Davidson, M. H., Dugan, L. D., Burns, J. H., Sugimoto, D., Story, K., and Drennan, K. A psyllium-enriched cereal for the treatment of hypercholesterolemia in children: a controlled, double-blind, crossover study. Am J Clin Nutr 1996;63(1):96-102
  7. ^ 30.Wei, Z. H., Wang, H., Chen, X. Y., Wang, B. S., Rong, Z. X., Wang, B. S., Su, B. H., and Chen, H. Z. Time- and dose-dependent effect of psyllium on serum lipids in mild-to-moderate hypercholesterolemia: a meta-analysis of controlled clinical trials. Eur.J.Clin.Nutr. 2009;63(7):821-827
  8. ^ 41.Bajorek, S. A. and Morello, C. M. Effects of dietary fiber and low glycemic index diet on glucose control in subjects with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Ann.Pharmacother. 2010;44(11):1786-1792
  9. ^ PharmacistAnswers webpage on treatments for constipation Retrieved February 12, 2014.

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