Black Psyllium

How does Black Psyllium work?

Black psyllium adds bulk to the stool which might help with constipation, diarrhea, and irritable bowel syndrome. It also increases the elimination of cholesterol from the body.

Are there safety concerns?

Black psyllium, when taken with enough water, is safe for most people. Mild side effects include bloating and gas. In some people, black psyllium can cause allergic reactions such as runny nose, red eyes, rash, and asthma. Black psyllium might lower blood sugar. If you have diabetes, check your blood sugar carefully.

Black psyllium should always be taken with water or other liquid. If taken without liquid, it can block the esophagus, throat, or intestine.

Black psyllium seeds contain a substance which can cause kidney damage. Commercial preparations of black psyllium usually have this substance removed. Do not use black psyllium seeds unless they have had special processing to make them less toxic.

Do not take black psyllium if:
  • You have swallowing difficulties.
  • You have intestinal problems that might cause a blockage, such as intestinal narrowing or spastic bowel.
  • You have kidney problems.
  • You are scheduled for surgery in the next two weeks.

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