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Psyllium has been used for centuries as an herbal remedy. It helps to lubricate and heal the intestinal tract. It also moistens and acts as a bulk agent. It is sold in stores under the name Metamucil. Psyllium is basically soluble fiber.

The fiber in psyllium can help lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Psyllium is also used to treat constipation, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, hemorrhoids, and other intestinal problems. It helps regulate blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. Increased fiber intake may reduce the risk of colon cancer.

Adding high fiber foods such as psyllium to your diet may help lower heart disease risk. Psyllium can help in the control of obesity by making one feel fuller.

CAUTION: Laxatives can be habit forming and should not be taken for long periods of time.


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