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November 1996 Issue

Laxative Psyllium Studied as a Possible Appetite Suppressant and Weight Loss Aid

Q. I've heard that psyllium can aid weight loss. What exactly is it and how does it work? A. Psyllium, which is the husk of the plantago plant's seed, is best known for its laxative effect. Many bulk laxatives, including Metamucil, attribute their effectiveness to this husk. In the late 1980's, researchers also discovered that psyllium could lower cholesterol by as much as 15% in people with elevated cholesterol levels. Now, research

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