A small study has found that psyllium (such as in Metamucil®) can modestly help control hunger. See the full answer for more information, including dosage >>

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June 8, 2016

I do not recommend Metamucil to my patients. It contains soluble and insoluble fiber which is important to health but Metamucil contains either sugar or artificial sweeteners (which are questionably healthy). Now brands sells psyllium husks without added sweeteners and is much cheaper.

The organic brand is more expensive but is my preference (although this is my opinion and there are no studies to prove that organic is healthier). Capsules are more convenient but do not contain as much psyllium.

I have had excellent results with my patients in helping control weight, glucose levels, cholesterol, and BP.

I have no financial ties to either Metamucil or Now brands products.

Art Sands MD
Family Physician

October 2, 2016

Our Doctor recommends Konsyl, also no sugar or artificial chemicals. And there is more psyllium per tsp. though it is quite expensive. Any thoughts on this brand? We do feel generally better and have less water retention when we take this regularly.

April 1, 2018

For the past 3 years, my eosinophil count has been elevated. It’s not considered high, but my doctor has me retest my blood every 6 months to be cautious. I recently saw in an article regarding eosinophilia, that psyllium, and products containing psyllium, can cause a rise in eosinophil count. I have taken psyllium for years. I brought it up with my doctor, and I’ve stopped taking psyllium. My blood is due to be drawn sometime in April, so I will know if that was the contributing factor.
April 10, 2018

Thank you for sharing this, Victoria. We've added information about an increase in eosinophils associated with psyllium use in the answer above.

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