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Laxatives and vitamin and mineral absorption


Some laxatives can interfere with the absorption of particular vitamins or minerals, potentially causing vitamin deficiencies or electrolyte imbalances if taken for prolonged periods of time Short-term and occasional use should not cause an issue. Get the details for specific laxatives, such as mineral oil, magnesium, psyllium, oat bran, fiber, bisocodyl, senna, lactulose, and polyethylene glycol >>

Note: A concern with psyllium supplements is that tests by ConsumerLab found many to have relatively high levels of lead, a toxic heavy metal. See the results in ConsumerLab's Psyllium Fiber Supplements Review, which includes more information about psyllium, its uses, dosage, and safety.

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