What Are Fiber Supplements

What Are Fiber Supplements?

Fiber supplements are manufactured nutritional products that help people meet their required daily fiber intake. Available in formulations including baked goods, powders, and capsules, fiber supplements are either high in synthetic or natural fiber (obtained from high fiber foods). Regardless of the formulation you choose, you will enjoy one of three types of fiber (methylcellulose, psyllium, or polycarbophil). The good news is that fiber supplements are available over-the-counter. For this reason, they are readily available at health food stores, drug stores, big-box stores, and online.

How Much Fiber Do They Contain?

One serving of a formulation gives you up to 2.4 grams of fiber.

Do They Work in The Same Way As Eating Fiber? How/How Not?

Whether from high fiber foods or fiber supplements, fiber can suppress your hunger, promoting weight loss. Simply put, the source of fiber is not a big deal.

What Are the Benefits of Fiber Supplements? Who Might They Be Useful For?

Fiber supplements promote weight loss, improve the health of the digestive system, elbow out constipation and maintain healthy cholesterol levels. Generally, fiber supplements are useful for people with low fiber stores. They ensure one attains the daily recommended intake to enjoy the aforementioned health benefits.

What Downsides Are There to Taking Fiber Supplements?

Fiber supplements can cause abdominal bloating, diarrhea or constipation, and gas.

Should We All Be Taking a Fiber Supplement?

As briefly mentioned before, fiber supplements are available over the counter; thus, they are safe for everyone. We can take them to supplement our diet for better general health. If you are battling a medical condition that may escalate when you integrate the fiber supplements into your diet plan, you may want to check with your healthcare provider before trying anything out.

Barbara is a freelance writer and a sex and relationships adviser at Dimepiece LA and Peaches and Screams. Barbara is involved in various educational initiatives aimed at making sex advice more accessible to everyone and breaking stigmas around sex across various cultural communities. In her spare time, Barbara enjoys trawling through vintage markets in Brick Lane, exploring new places, painting and reading.

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