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What is Metamucil?

Metamucil is a multi-health fiber supplement that helps lower cholesterol to promote heart health* and restore regularity.Made with 100% natural psyllium fiber, Metamucil comes in a variety of forms (powder, wafer and capsule) and flavors (Orange, Pink Lemonade, Berry and unflavored). Since most Americans only get 10 to 15 grams of fiber per day through their normal diet vs. the recommended 25 to 38 grams1, Metamucil has provided an easy and convenient way to add fiber to your diet for over 75 years.

How Does Metamucil Work?

For Heart Health:

Psyllium fiber, the natural dietary fiber found in Metamucil, is clinically proven to help lower cholesterol levels because it forms a thick gel that traps some cholesterol, bile acids and waste in the gut. Talk to your doctor to understand how Metamucil, along with lifestyle changes such as exercise and a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet, may help reduce your risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol*.

For Digestive Health:

Metamucil contains a bulk-forming fiber without any chemical stimulants that helps promote regularity. The active ingredient, psyllium, is a harvested grain that absorbs and holds moisture. This causes the psyllium to swell, supplying the necessary bulk to help soften stool. Metamucil generally produces an effect in 12 to 72 hours.

What is Psyllium Fiber?

Not all fibers work the same way. Psyllium husk is derived from the seed of the Plantago ovata plant and is extensively cultivated in India and Pakistan. The United States is the world's largest importer of psyllium husk, where it is most often used as a bulk-fiber laxative, in foods and dietary supplements like Metamucil. Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol that include 7 grams of soluble fiber per day from psyllium may reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol.

Where Can I Get Metamucil?

Metamucil products are available in the digestive health aisle at major retailers nationwide. You can also visit to purchase a specific Metamucil product online or find a store near you.

For nutritional and dosage information, or to learn more about cholesterol and heart health, visit

1 Slavin, J. (2008) Position of the American Dietetic Association: Health Implications of Dietary Fiber. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 108, 1.

* Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol that include 7 grams of soluble fiber per day from psyllium husk may reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol. One adult dose of Metamucil has at least 2.1 grams of this soluble fiber. Use as directed. If you have specific dietary needs, you should consult your doctor before consuming this product. This Metamucil product has a low glycemic index, a measure of the effect of dietary carbohydrates on blood sugar levels.


Choking: Taking this product without adequate fluid may cause it to swell and block your throat or esophagus and may cause choking. Do not take this product if you have difficulty in swallowing. If you experience chest pain, vomiting, or difficulty in swallowing or breathing after taking this product, seek immediate medical attention.

Allergy alert: This product may cause allergic reaction in people sensitive to inhaled or ingested psyllium.

Fiber products may affect how well medicines work.  If you are taking a prescription medicine by mouth, take this product at least 2 hours before or 2 hours after the prescribed medicine.

 Sugar-free products contain phenylalanine.

Total-Fiber Equivalent of Different Amounts of Food

(Based on USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 17; and labeled Nutrition Facts.)

1 rounded teaspoon of sugar free Metamucil powder or 1 rounded tablespoon of sugar Metamucil powder contains 3 grams of total fiber.

FoodsNumber of Cups or Pieces to
give 3.2 grams of total Fiber
Various Packaged Salad sold
in grocery stores
3 to 6 cups
Cabbage, fresh2 cups
Cauliflower, raw1 1/4 cups
Iceberg Lettuce, raw4 1/2 cups
Romaine Lettuce, raw2 1/2 cups
Mushroom, fresh4 cups
Tomato, fresh1 1/4 cups
Onion, raw1 1/2 cups
Grapes, fresh80
Apple, with skin1
Applesauce, canned1 cup
Banana, fresh1
Strawberries, fresh1 cup
Orange, fresh1
Peach, fresh, with skin2
Pineapple, fresh1 1/2 cups
Bagel, 4" plain1 1/2
White bread5 slices
Whole wheat bread2 slices
Cooked oatmeal3/4 cup
Cooked white rice5 cups
Cooked brown rice1 cup