Metamucil Review

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What You Should Know

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Would be dieters are always looking for the elusive magic pill that will allow them to eat everything they want and still lose weight. Unfortunately to date, no such pill exists. There is no shortage on commercials and print ads that promote adding fiber to your diet. One doesn’t have to be a rocket scientist to see that a healthy digestive system will be more efficient at eliminating excess waste. According to the manufacturers, diet products that contain high amounts of fiber can help increase satiety making you feel fuller. The best way to increase your fiber is to eat foods that have a high fiber content. Sounds simple enough right? Unfortunately research suggests that most people’s diets are deficient in fiber. This is where a supplemental form of fiber such as Metamucil may be useful. Metamucil is sold as a dietary supplement and as a laxative not a weight loss product, however many consumers have begun to use Metamucil as an aid to weight loss.

Ingredients

Metamucil comes in tablets, wafers and in powder form. The main ingredient is fiber.

Product Features

The whole concept of taking Metamucil as a weight loss aid is that when taken, it gels in the stomach and helps dieters to take in less food which results in weight loss.

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Advantages

  • Metamucil is comes in many forms to fit various lifestyles.
  • Metamucil may be act as an aid to digestion and assist with constipation problems.

Disadvantages

  • Taking excessive amounts of Metamucil can result in a vitamin deficiency.
  • People have been known to develop a dependency on laxatives and stool softeners.
  • Some find the flavors unappetizing. (See reader comments.)
  • There is no evidence that Metamucil has an effect on reducing body fat or that taking Metamucil will increase the rate at which the body metabolizes fat.

Conclusion

Would be dieters looking for a “quick fix” and who do not want the commitment of eating a healthy diet rich in fiber will likely turn to such products as Metamucil for weight loss. However it should be noted that there is insufficient evidence to prove that Metamucil when used as a dietary supplement will work as an effective weight loss aid. Nor does the evidence suggest that Metamucil will increase the rate at which the body metabolizes body fat. Metamucil may act as an aid to better digestion and assist with constipation. Taking excessive amounts of Metamucil can result in a vitamin deficiency in the body and many consumers have developed a dependency on laxatives and stool softeners. The product is available for sale at many online retail sites which carry vitamins and supplements. Many local grocery and drugstores may carry Metamucil as well. Metamucil comes in many forms, is reasonably priced and affordable for the most consumers.

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46 User Reviews about Metamucil

  • 1
    Your Name

    will it infere with warrafin drugs

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    manuel marcus

    the dr. recommedned me take to this to bulk up my stool andnot nhave as many bowel movements a day. how do this work and how many does do i take to achieve this result? Thank you….

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    Robyn Toronto

    Lets be honest here, I used Metamuicil to cleanse and lose weight! But its so expensive and DOESNT WORK as well as the Lady Soma Fiber Cleanse. The Lady Soma Fiber Cleanse is cheaper than something like Metamucil. I don’t have IBS, but I do need to lose weight and take in more fiber. If I take fiber, it helps counteract the terrible results of the bad things I have eaten that day. Lady Soma is less expensive, and I found it more effective.

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    Joanne

    Is there a meta mucil with stevia ? I refuse to eat aspartame, but could use the fiber help

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    susan

    i take 2 mg coumadin every evening. does metamucil interfere with the blood thinner?

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    Donna

    All this information is helpful to me, I bought some at Walmart this passed Saturday and add a teaspoon to my smoothie went didn’t weather well but I was able to get it down but I did get the sugar free and will be taking it back to get the regular one because as someone pointed out there is aspartame in it and I prefer not to use it with that ingredients in it.

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    Rose

    I wanted psyllium fiber that was smooth but was disappointed that Metamulcil doesn’t make one without artificial sweeteners-if they Must add a sweetener, why not stevia? It is a natural leaf that’s been used safely for decades.

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    Stephen

    Hi, I am 33 and I was having trouble going to the bathroom about 5 years ago. My doctor suggested I try Metamucil one tablespoon a day. I have taken that dose everyday foe the last 5 years. I have never heard anything about it being dangerous or that it was necessarily a laxitive. I ran out for a few days and noticed that it was difficult to have a full BM. Is it not safe to take this daily as a fiber supplement? Is my body now dependent?

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  • 9
    Tom McLean

    Do not use this product. It contains aspertame. If you want brain damage, by all means proceed. I took this for almost a year because it was recommended by a doctor to treat what they said was IBS. I didn’t realize it is sweetened with aspertame, probably the most dangerous substance in foods today. I’ve begun to recover my mental faculties, although I am worried about permanent damage. Stay away. Funny that the author doesn’t even touch on this in the review.

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    kobio

    That’s only in the sugar free formula. Just don’t use the sugar free Metamucil if you are concerned about Aspertame.
    Regular metamucil does not contain this artificial sweetener.

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    Anonymous

    I take Metamucil in the powder form each day. There is no aspartame in the product I take, there is however sucrose, which I believe is real sugar.

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  • 10
    Donna

    Can Metamucil make your urine smell strong?

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    Bev

    I notice a big change in the odor of my urine when I take Metamucil or any brand of psyllium husk. I don’t know why so few people remark about this. The next time I go to the doctor, I’ll ask about it.

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    Robin

    I was specifically researching Metamucil for this exact reason. Ive been taking it for 2 weeks now and I have noticed a stronger odor to my urine.

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  • 11
    DDabney

    Metamucil improved my bowel movements. I am 55, so at an age where this is a concern. Started having unfirm, messy bowel movements for 3 months, to extreme diarhea for 2 weeks, to constipation. Wanted to get back to as much of normalcy as I could. The really cute Metamucil commercials with Suzi Barrett motivated me to try it. I did, & my bowel movements kicked back in, firmer albeit soft stool. I switched to the Equate brand for now, 1/2 price of the Metamucil, & cost is a major issue for me right now. Much improved on the bowel issue.

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  • 12
    Mary h

    So I hate the taste texture of the sludge so I eat it like a pixie stick. Is this safe?

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    Thfgbfuijj

    DO NOT do that. that causes choking, take it with water. and plus if you don’t drink a glass of water with it, you won’t receive benifits from the fiber. fiber needs water to work.

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    Your Name

    I use the capsules.

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  • 13
    Pablo

    I bought the orange flavoured metamucil the other day and the flavour is so strong I almost gag. I use a heaped teaspoonful in a medium glass of water but I think a much larger glass would be more appropreate followed by a glass of water to rinse out my mouth.

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    Anonymous

    Try drinking the orange flavored metamucil in orange juice

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    anonymous

    Orange metamucil in sugar free almond milk- tastes like a cream-sicle :)

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  • 14
    vivian

    how come the dosage for the fiber supplement is : one table spoon in 8 oz water, once to three times a day, and the dosage for the laxative is the same.

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  • 15
    Cherry Grace walker

    Hi i hope anyone can help me i brought a metamucil simply clear and i combine it with water, im using it for 3 days now but i feel like its not working and makes me more constipated, please help me if does happened to anyone and if its only just start?…thank you.

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    Emily

    If you’re not used to fiber intake, you may want to reduce the dose. Sometimes going from a low-fiber diet to a high-fiber diet too quickly can cause a constipation effect.

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  • 16
    Anonymous

    I really loved Metamucil at the beginning, but maybe one month after taking it daily (one glass per day), my body just seemed to get used to it and i don’t see any benefits…

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  • 17
    keena

    I just started taking metamucil and might stop, because it gives me such bad gas, too the point where i look much bigger than i am (I’m actually very thin) and the cramps are unbearable.. why might that be??? I only took one teaspoon in a HUGE glass of water and i drink a lot of water throughout the day…

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    kaye

    My doctor just told me to start taking Metamucil for constipation, and she said that it might initially cause bloating.

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  • 18
    F. Jones

    I had high cholesterolof 235
    taking this product 3 times daily lowered it to 195. the
    medication was too harsh.the
    taste is good and it keeps you regular.eating salad at least 2 times daily also helps
    very good product.

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  • 19
    Laurie

    Do I need to wait two hours before or after to take vitamins & supplements?

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    linda

    I take my vitamins with meals. Then wait 2 hrs to take the metamucil. It absorbs everything in its path, so do not take them close together.

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  • 20
    Adrienne

    I Love the smooth formula. I noticed i can take it with just 8oz of water and i have a little more time befre it thickens up. Hate going to bed on an empty stomach so i just take some metamucil and i don’t want to binge at night. I have lost 5 pounds in a week!

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  • 21
    jaz

    i onlyjust started drinking metamucil and find im not hungry at all during the day. i have it morning and night. i feel if i dont eat anything though it is bad as im only drinking a fibre drink. anyone have any advice and know some interesting info on metamucil that may help?

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  • 22
    Don Owen

    Can metamucil be taken to help
    -loose bowel movements-what dose rec.?

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  • 23
    Sarah

    I just started drinking metamucil and it really grosses me out that it turns into a gel almost. Does this happen to anyone else? What am I doing wrong??

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    stacie

    You aren’t adding enough water. One tablespoon per day with one very large glass (think a large soda size from MCDs). Stir quickly. Drink quickly. Letting it sit will make it gel. The extra fiber and all the water will make you not hungry for a few hours. But really the extra fiber will help lower cholesterol if you need that also.

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    Robin

    If you cant chug it down quickly (which I have trouble with) between drinks keep stirring it quickly, by doing this it will not clump together.

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  • 24
    Anonymous

    If you put club soda in your metamucil drink it the club soda will hold the powder in suspension and not fall to the body. It makes a refreshing drink. No more gagging on the glug.

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    Anonymous

    I took a glass of water and put 3teaspoons of metamucul in it. After a kept peeing alot, and 3days later i do not feel nausaos anymore.

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  • 25
    Elaine Martin

    My husband and I have been taking metamucil for several years. We have tried other kinds but we feel metamucil does the best job. However, I tried Berry Burst and it is downright nasty. The after taste stays with me and is not at all pleasant. I will go back to the orange flavor.

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  • 26
    jeannie

    I love the new Pink Lemonade Metamucil. From what I have read with South Beach is that metamucil does not speed up the fat metabolism…but it simply prevents you from dumping too much fat and sugar into your system/blood stream at such a fast pace. Thus, it helps in decreasing the insulin flucuation that ultimately leads to stored fat.

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  • 27
    Monique

    Because metamucil has a lot fiber, can metamucil keep cholesterol level under control if someone is borderline with their level of cholesterol?

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    Lynn Wagner

    I had seriously high cholestral & was on Crestor for 5 years,then started getting very ill & had many many fractures.So ill in / out of hospital, then googled METAMUCIL & haVe been on it for 3 months ( doctor now told me 2 weeks ago my cholestral count is 100% normal , I got off the “poison ” as it was taking away my life . Metamucil & lots of big salads daily WITH CABBAGE /HOME MADE BEANS & ANYTHING ELSE YOU CAN THROW IN IS THE BEST WAY TO GO . GOOD You can do this !

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  • 28
    Sharleen

    I was told Metamucil is good to help you if your stool is too loose too. Am I correct?? I go once normal then 3-4 times mushy. Will this help me?

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    Roy

    Metamucil will definitely help you with your problem. I know from experience.

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  • 29
    Betty Judy

    I think Metamucil is really good and works well. Have used it for a number of years. But the new berry flavor is absolutely awful. It has a medicinal taste. Keep to the orange as you have really made it taste very good. I tried the other fiber Benefil and it does not get the job done.

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    Louise

    could anyone tell me if they experienced headaches taking Metamucil as I have major headaches and only since taking Metamucil but not sure if it’s caused by this would appreciate a reply thanks

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