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Metabolic syndrome is defined as having three or more of the following:
People with metabolic syndrome are at significantly higher risk of having a heart attack or stroke and developing diabetes than people without the condition. The prevalence of metabolic syndrome is steadily increasing worldwide in parallel with rising obesity rates.
High-fiber diets are associated with lower body weight and smaller waist size, better blood fat (lipid) profiles, and lower blood sugar levels. But many people don’t get the recommended 25 to 30 grams of fiber they need each day.
Psyllium, a soluble fiber, can be taken as a supplement. When added to water, it takes on a gelatin-like consistency that may help create a feeling of fullness and decrease cholesterol and glucose absorption. Psyllium tends to cause less bloating and gas than many other fiber supplements since it doesn’t ferment in the intestines as easily.
A review of studies conducted over the past 32 years showed that taking a psyllium supplement helps decrease the risk of developing metabolic syndrome. It seems to improve blood sugar levels, insulin response (how much insulin is released into the bloodstream after a meal), and blood fats. More studies are needed to determine if psyllium can help lower blood pressure and aid in weight loss. “Research to date does support the notion that the consumption of psyllium may provide benefits to many components of metabolic syndrome,” concluded the researchers.
If you have metabolic syndrome, look at it as an opportunity to change the course of your health. There are plenty of things you can do in addition to adding psyllium to your daily regimen. To get out of the risk zone and into well-being:
(Obes Rev 2012;doi:10.1111/j.1467-789X)
Suggested Use: As a dietary supplement, take 2 tablets with at least 8 fluid ounces (a full glass) of water or other fluid two times per day 30 minutes prior to your two largest meals. Do not exceed suggested serving. Taking this product without enough liquid may cause choking. See choking warning.
CHOKING: Taking this product without adequate fluid may cause it to swell and block the throat or esophagus and may cause choking. Do not take this product if you have difficulty in swallowing. If you experience chest pain, vomiting, or difficulty in swallowing or breathing after taking this product, seek immediate medical attention.
CAUTION: Niacin may cause flushing, itching and skin reddening. The effects are temporary and will gradually disappear. Store at 15-30°C (59-86°F). Protect from heat, light and moisture. Do not purchase if seal is broken.
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