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Review Summarizes Beneficial Effects of Psyllium on Metabolic Syndrome Risk Factors

August 29th, 2012

An early view article that will be published in the journal Obesity Reviews summarizes the benefits of psyllium fiber on several components of the metabolic syndrome, including body weight, body composition, satiety, glucose and insulin homeostasis, lipids and lipoproteins, blood pressure, and vascular function.

The authors conducted literature searches to identify original articles, systematic reviews, and meta-analyses published between 1980 and 2012. According to the authors, the available evidence supports the notion that consumption of psyllium improves blood glucose levels and insulin response, blood pressure, and the lipid profile in both animals and humans, thereby reducing metabolic risk factors. Most studies also have reported a decrease in appetite after psyllium consumption.

The authors suggest that psyllium supplementation could be promoted to patients who present with metabolic syndrome risk factors such as hypercholesterolemia, hypertriglyceridemia, and hyperglycemia. Psyllium also play a role in controlling body weight, body composition, appetite, and hypertension, but further investigation is required.

Obes Rev. 2012 Aug 5. [Epub ahead of print]