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Fiber Supplements

Friday, August 23, 2013

My aunt asked me about fiber supplements. She heard that it was good for weight loss, but felt confused when she went to buy some. She wasn't sure what would be safe for her. She told me she saw some that said they had some sort of metabolism booster, which I told her to stay away from, because I've never heard of that. Here is my response to her, and I thought some of you might be interested.

Ok, I found a few really good, reliable articles about fiber and it's benefits. Learned a couple things myself.

This is a really scientific review, summarizing many different studies on fiber: http://www.nationalfibercounci

This is a little simpler, mentions how to get fiber, how it works, and side effects. I especially like that it talked about potential drug interactions with fiber supplements. That's important, I'm not sure if you take any of those:

And then, I thought this was a simple explanation, but not as thorough as those first two:

Here is a list of foods by fiber content:

Bottom line is, you need fiber in your diet. It has been shown to have health benefits, including weight loss. It is better to get it through whole foods (this is true for ALL supplements!). I'd personally recommend, if you felt that you were deficient in fiber, a supplement would be fine for you. Just take something that is simply a fiber supplement, with nothing extra, and start with a very small amount to make sure you aren't getting too much. Metamucil is a well known brand and should be safe for you to take (as long as you do not have drug interactions, check link above). There was nothing on the USP website about specific fiber supplements that they have reviewed. Generally, you are safe with the more well known brands, as they have been around for awhile and if they were doing something bad, we'd know about it by now!

Don't forget, you can always ask your doctor, they will know even more about these things than I do!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SPINNINGJW 8/26/2013 8:38AM

    Fiber from foods also makes you feel fuller, so you eat less. Fiber also slows the processing of carbohydrates into sugars, which helps your blood sugar to not "spike."

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ALPHAEVE 8/24/2013 12:45PM

    This is great! Thanks!

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DOPAMINEJUNKIE 8/24/2013 11:47AM

    Valuable info! Thanks for sharing your findings!! emoticon

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