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Difference Between Metamucil and Psyllium

Fiber is crucial in people’s everyday diets. Without it, issues of constipation, as well as other health issues, may arise. While fiber can be found naturally in food products, most people often need to supplement it. Eating high-fiber foods is one of the best ways to ensure you give your body sufficient fiber. Let’s look at some ways used to supplement fiber needs, Metamucil and Psyllium. 

What is Metamucil?

Metamucil is a supplement used to treat constipation, lower cholesterol and improve stool consistency. However, for it to treat constipation effectively, it has to be consumed with adequate fluids be it water or any other liquid preferred. Although it is well known for treating constipation, it can also be prescribed for supplementing dietary fiber and managing irritable bowel syndrome. 

It is available as a prescription or an over-the-counter medication. It is available in powder and oral capsules. 

What is Psyllium?

This is a natural dietary fiber prescribed for constipation, irritable bowel syndrome and dietary fiber supplementation. Psyllium husk is the source of insoluble and soluble fiber in Metamucil. However, the two work differently. With an origin from Plantago Ovata, psyllium fiber works by forming a gel once consumed. This gel then traps bile acids and excretes them from the body. The gel also traps sugars and carbohydrates. Due to its gelling property, psyllium helps people experience less hunger and promotes digestive health. It also helps to lower cholesterol and maintain optimal blood sugar levels. 

Similarities between Metamucil and Psyllium

  • Both provide the body with vital fiber supplementation
  • Both are categorized as laxatives

Differences between Metamucil and Psyllium

Definition

Metamucil is a supplement used to treat constipation, lower cholesterol and improve stool consistency. On the other hand, Psyllium is a natural dietary fiber prescribed for constipation, irritable bowel syndrome and dietary fiber supplementation.  

Nature

Metamucil is made up of over 80% Psyllium. On the other hand, Psyllium is used to make other-over-the-counter laxatives including Fiberall, Uni-Laxative, Cilium and Maalox Dietary Fiber Therapy. 

Metamucil vs. Psyllium: Comparison Table

Summary of Metamucil vs. Psyllium

While both are used as laxatives and treatments for intestinal health problems, Metamucil is made up of over 80% Psyllium. On the other hand, Psyllium is used to make other over-the-counter-laxatives including Fiberall, Uni-Laxative, Cilium and Maalox Dietary Fiber Therapy. 

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