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Psyllium (generic), Metamucil, Konsyl: Frequently Asked Questions

How does Konsyl compare to Metamucil?

Konsyl is made from psyllium seed husks just like Metamucil. Metamucil only contains 3.4 grams of this psyllium per dose (teaspoon for sugar free and tablespoon for flavored); Konsyl provides 6 grams. Konsyl has no inactive ingredients and Metamucil has several.

Is there a Konsyl product with psyllium in a capsule?

Yes. Konsyl Psyllium Capsules are easy to swallow and contain 0.52 grams of psyllium per capsule. Convenient to carry for work or while traveling. SennaPrompt capsules contain psyllium + sennosides. Psyllium is a bulking agent and sennosides are a stimulant that promotes relief of constipation generally within a 12-hour period. SennaPrompt should be taken for quick overnight relief of constipation. It is not meant for long-term use.

CAN PSYLLIUM FIBER, LIKE METAMUCIL, BE USED ON LEVEL ONE?

Fibers like Metamucil are fine as long as they do not contain sugar. Try to find the sugar-free Metamucil. Better yet, get your fiber from real foods, like whole grains, plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit.

If psyllium husk is a carbohydrate, why do Metamucil Capsules contain zero net carbs?

In strict scientific terms, natural psyllium fiber is a polysaccharide that is a subclass of carbohydrates. Although dietary supplement regulations require that we list psyllium fiber as part of the carbohydrate total, it is, in fact, very different from carbohydrates such as sugar, glucose, fruit sugar, corn syrups, and starches. This is because our gastrointestinal enzymes cannot digest psyllium; therefore, our bodies do not absorb it and do not convert it into glucose.

What is the difference in Konsyl vs. Konsyl-D?

Konsyl-D contains 3.4 grams of psyllium and 3.1 grams of dextrose (sugar from cornstarch) per teaspoon dose. The dose size is 6.5 grams in a teaspoon. The calorie count is 14 and the carbs are 3.1 gms per teaspoon dose. Konsyl-D is not recommended for people with diabetes. Konsyl on the other hand contains 6 grams of psyllium per teaspoon dose and does not have any other inactive ingredient. Konsyl has 3 calories and 0.05 gms of carbs per dose. ...

What is the difference in Konsyl and Konsyl Orange?

Konsyl Orange contains 3.4 grams of psyllium and 8 grams of sucrose (sugar from sugarcane) per tablespoon dose. The dose size is 12 grams in a tablespoon. The calorie count is 35 and the carbs are 8 gms per tablespoon dose. Konsyl Orange is not recommended for people with diabetes. Konsyl on the other hand contains 6 grams of psyllium per teaspoon dose and does not have any other inactive ingredient. Konsyl has 3 calories and 0.05 gms of carbs per dose. ...

What is the difference in Konsyl and Konsyl Easy Mix?

Konsyl Easy Mix contains 6 grams of psyllium and 0.3 grams of maltodextrin per teaspoon dose. Maltodextrin is a dispersing agent that is derived form cornstarch. The dose size is 6.3 grams in a teaspoon. The calorie count is 4 and the carbs are 0.35 gms per teaspoon dose. Konsyl Easy Mix is safe for people with diabetes. Konsyl on the other hand also contains 6 grams of psyllium per teaspoon dose and does not have any other inactive ingredient. Konsyl has 3 calories and 0.05 gms of carbs per dose. ...

Does Metamucil contain gluten?

All Metamucil Powders and Capsules are gluten-free. Metamucil Wafers, however, contain gluten (Apple 0.7g/dose; Cinnamon 0.5g/dose) because they have wheat flour as an ingredient.

What is the active ingredient in Metamucil?

The active ingredient in Metamucil fiber laxative is psyllium husk, a natural plant fiber that is a great source of soluble fiber.

What is the normal dose for Konsyl?

If not directed by a physician, begin taking 1/2 dose (1/2 teaspoons) 1-2 times daily and increase up to one full dose daily. Drink plenty of liquids to aid the product action. If gas and bloating occur, reduce the amount of Konsyl taken and increase the amount of water.

Is Konsyl safe for diabetics?

YES....Konsyl and Konsyl Easy Mix contain no sugar and no sugar substitutes. Maltodextrin contained in Easy Mix is a dispersing agent and is derived from corn.

What is the shelf life for Konsyl?

Konsyl is all-natural and therefore does not spoil. The shelf life is 5 years from the date of manufacture.

Are Konsyl products Kosher?

Konsyl proudly offers many quality kosher supplements. Five Konsyl fiber mixes are independently certified kosher by the OK Kosher Certification. Konsyl Original Konsyl Easy Mix Konsyl-D Konsyl Orange Sugar Free Konsyl Orange (with sucrose) Get more information about Kosher certifivation and Kosher for Passover.

What is the difference between Konsyl Fiber tablets and Konsyl Powder?

Konsyl Powder is made from psyllium (5 grams fiber per dose). Konsyl Fiber Tablets are made from calcium polycarbophil (1/2 gram per tablet). Since the tablets are made of insoluble fiber it tends to just push things through the intestines quicker.

Does Konsyl/Konsyl Easy Mix have to be mixed with water?

Not necessarily. Both powdered products may be mixed in a variety of beverages. We do not recommend caffeinated or carbonated drinks because caffeine is a constipating drug and carbonation is not desirable when shaking the product. Some popular choices for mixing: pulpy fruit juices, iced tea, milk, lemonade, diet beverages like Crystal Lite and Diet V-8 for people with diabetes. You can even add it to baked goods. Get psyllium fiber recipes here.

Do Konsyl and Konsyl Easy Mix help with cholesterol lowering?

Konsyl powder products are all made from psyllium, which is a soluble fiber and therefore helps lower cholesterol levels Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol that include 7g of soluble fiber per day from pysllium husk may reduce the risk of Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) by lowering choloesterol.

Are there any drug interactions or restrictions with Metamucil?

Laxatives, including bulk fibers, may affect how well other medications work. If you are taking a prescription medication by mouth, take Metamucil at least two hours before or two hours after the prescribed medicine. I have read your label precaution, and I am curious as to the exact medications one should be careful to separate by the recommended two-hour period. All oral prescription medications are covered by this label precaution. ...

How does Konsyl help with diverticular disease?

By bulking the stool and enhancing the movement through the colon at a normal rate and ensuring a moist easy-to-pass stool, it helps reduce colonic pressure and prevents new pockets from forming as a result of constipation. For the existing pockets, the bulkier stool serves to scrub the inside walls (to include the bulging pockets) of any seeds, toxins, waste, etc that may be lodged there. Diverticulosis is the presence of these pockets. ...

Is Konsyl safe for pregnant and nursing mothers?

Since Konsyl and Konsyl Easy Mix are all natural, they are completely safe for pregnant and nursing mothers. Konsyl and Konsyl Easy Mix are excellent natural stool softeners.

Why is Konsyl so hard to mix?

Konsyl and Konsyl Easy Mix both provide 6 grams of psyllium per dose, more than any other brand. Psyllium does not dissolve away into water like sugar and other inactive ingredients. Psyllium actually absorbs the water around it. These properties make it more difficult to mix than products that contain less fiber.. Remember,"shake, don't stir". (3-5 seconds in a 10-12 ounce cup with a lid works great! ) A complimentary shaker cup is available when you purchase Konsyl. ...

How does Konsyl help with hemorrhoids?

By absorbing the water, bulking in the colon and keeping stools moist and easy to pass, pre-existing hemorrhoids are not aggravated and new hemorrhoids are not formed as a result of straining to pass the stool.

Is Konsyl safe for celiac patients?

YES....Konsyl is made from psyllium which is in the dicot division of plants. Gluten-containing plants are in the monocot division of plants; therefore the two are not even related. Konsyl Original psyllium fiber is gluten-free.

How does Konsyl help with diarrhea?

Because psyllium absorbs 80 times its weight in water, it will absorb some of the excess fluid in the stool. It also slows down the movement of the stool through the colon by bulking it up.

How does Konsyl help with constipation?

By absorbing 80 times its weight in water and bulking in the colon, Konsyl encourages the natural peristaltic action to move the waste through the colon. As waste moves through the colon water is continually being drawn out. By retaining all of the absorbed water, even after making the long trip through the intestinal tract, there is plenty to ensure the waste is moist and easy to pass. Psyllium also produces a mucilage (or gel-like substance) when mixed with water. ...

How does Konsyl compare to Citrucel?

Citrucel is made from methyl cellulose (wood fiber). It provides 2 grams of fiber per tablespoon dose. Methylcellulose in its natural state is an insoluble fiber - it has been chemically altered to have properties like soluble fibers. Konsyl is 100% natural psyllium husk with both soluble and insoluble fiber; necessary for good intestinal health.

Is it OK to use Metamucil every day?

As a dietary fibre supplement: Metamucil can be taken every day as a dietary fibre supplement. As a fibre laxative: Metamucil is indicated for gentle relief of irregularity. Constipation persisting beyond seven days may be a sign of a more serious condition. We recommend you discuss with your doctor the use of Metamucil as a fibre laxative on a long-term basis.

How does Metamucil work for laxation?

Metamucil contains a bulk-forming fibre without any chemical stimulants. The active ingredient, psyllium, is a harvested grain that absorbs and holds moisture. This causes the psyllium to swell, supplying the necessary bulk to help form an easily eliminated stool. Metamucil will not cause immediate evacuation but generally produces an effect in 12 to 72 hours.
Metamucil contains a bulk-forming fiber without any chemical stimulants. The active ingredient, psyllium, is a harvested grain that absorbs and holds moisture. This causes the psyllium to swell, supplying the necessary bulk to help form an easily eliminated stool. Metamucil will not cause immediate evacuation but generally produces an effect in 12 to 72 hours.

What is the dosage/serving size for Metamucil?

Adults and children over 12: Take/mix one dose with/in 240 mL (8 oz) of cool liquid at the first sign of irregularity. Can be taken up to three times daily if needed. Generally produces results in 12 to 72 hours. Children: 6 to12 years: Take 1/2 adult dose powder or wafers in/with 240 mL (8 oz) of cool liquid. Children under 6 years: Consult a doctor. ...
When using as a fiber laxative: Adults: Take/mix one dose with/in 8 ounces of liquid at the first sign of irregularity. Can be taken up to three times daily if needed. Generally produces results in 12 to 72 hours. Children: 6 to 11 years: Mix 1/2 adult dose Powder or Wafers in/with 8 ounces of liquid. Children under 6 years: Consult a doctor. ...
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