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Doctor insights on: Is There A Difference Between Fiber Supplements And The Fiber In Food

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Dr. Randy Baker
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Supplements (Definition)

A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more


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Dr said to take either Metamucil or fibercon as a fiber supplement. What is the difference? Which is better fiber supplement.

Dr said to take either Metamucil or fibercon as a fiber supplement. What is the difference? Which is better fiber supplement.

Try one.: You will have to try them and compare. There may be theoretical advantages, but practical differences are what matters most. Use the one you like best.

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Doctors, do you think I can buy protein shakes,fiber supplement and vitamins with food stamps?

Doctors, do you think I can buy protein shakes,fiber supplement and vitamins with food stamps?

Possibly: Each state differs some in what they allow food stamps to be used for. Fiber supplements and vitamins are likely to be allowable since they can improve and maintain overall health. Protein shakes offer benefit only in a select group of people, so unless you have documentation from a health care provider that they are indicated, food stamps may not be honored for them.

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Dr said I have small anal fissure. What are the differences between fiber supplement (metamucil) and stool softener. Which one is best to use. Thanks.

Dr said I have small anal fissure. What are the differences between fiber supplement (metamucil) and stool softener. Which one is best to use. Thanks.

Both: Fiber supplement, extra water, and stool softeners all used together are the first line treatment for anal fissure. Fiber is simply indigestible fiber that adds bulk to the stool and makes it easier for the intestines to pass it along. The stool softener causes the stool to retain enough fluid to keep it from getting hard and dry and perhaps reopening the anal fissure. Some people also use fasting.

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What is a good fiber supplement?

What is a good fiber supplement?

Metamucil: The active ingredient in Metamucil is psyllium husk, a natural plant fiber that is a great source of soluble and insoluble fiber.

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What fiber supplements do you recommend?

What fiber supplements do you recommend?

Real food: I suggest fiber from real foods such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, beans, and whole grains, seeds and nuts. Meat chicken fish, dairy, do not have fiber. Over the counter supplements do not provide the nutrients that you get from natural foods.

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Is it ok to take fiber supplements every day?

Is it ok to take fiber supplements every day?

Fiber in Diet: Fiber makes us feel full, it provides bulk aiding elimination, and it helps lower blood Cholesterol. Let Wise Woman within you Reflect: Need to take Fiber supplements every day Any medical problem Advice of the Physician Dietary Sources of Fiber: • Beans • Whole grains • Bran Cereal • Oatmeal • Brown rice • Popcorn • Nuts • Berries • Vegetables • Baked potato with skin Health is Wealth!

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Can you tell me are fiber supplement tablets ok to use?

Fiber supplements: none are "good" to use if by good you mean they have been proven by proper trials to make what is bothering you better. Or make you live longer or healthier.

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Can i take fiber supplements, where my bowles doesn't move much?

Can i take fiber supplements, where my bowles doesn't move much?

Yes.: Fiber supplements may be helpful for constipation. Keep in mind that foods such as figs and prunes are a good source of fiber. There are no adverse advents from taking fiber except too much could cause diarrhea.

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Are there any risks involved with prolonged taking of fiber supplement, like C-lium?

Are there any risks involved with prolonged taking of fiber supplement, like C-lium?

No: Psyllium is safe for long-term use, as are fiber supplements in general. There is some risk, unrelated to how long you take the fiber, of obstruction, but this is thought to only occur with inadequate fluid intake along with the fiber. Overall, fiber supplements have many health benefits, and are definitely recommended for ongoing use.

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Are fiber supplement tablets a good way to get more fiber into my diet and are they healthy?

Are fiber supplement tablets a good way to get more fiber into my diet and are they healthy?

They help.: guidelines suggest 35 grams of fiber daily for women, 50 grams for men. That's a lot of fiber. Tablets can help,you reach these goals, but should not supplant normal dietary sources of fiber.

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What happens if i take a fiber supplement before a colonoscopy?

What happens if i take a fiber supplement before a colonoscopy?

May be a bad prep: We tend to recommend a low-fiber diet a few days before a colonoscopy because at times the fiber can cause a residue that coats the colon making it difficult for the endoscopist to find polyps.

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Does taking psyllium fiber supplements effect nutrient absorbance?

Does taking psyllium fiber supplements effect nutrient absorbance?

They should not: For the most part, dietary fibers don't really bind to much except good at holding onto water (thus softening stool) and so does not prevent absorption of nutrients. So don't worry, take your fibers. Most of us in the good us of a don't consume enough fibers. If you can, do it for better health. If you have concerns, consult doc. Good luck.

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What is the best fiber supplement to take if you have diverticulosis?

What is the best fiber supplement to take if you have diverticulosis?

Good diet you eat: You don't have to waste money on fiber like metamucel , fiber capsules , vegetables , fruits , whole wheat bread etc all has fiber , and is free.

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Can I take my fiber supplement before HIDA scan?

Can I take my fiber supplement before HIDA scan?

Prep instructions: Should be not eating for six hours prior to test.Being very jaundiced will interfere with results of test. Mild jaundice usually does not interfere with test.

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Use of bulk forming fiber like unifiber fiber supplement during sitz marker test?

Use of bulk forming fiber like unifiber fiber supplement during sitz marker test?

No: Standard answer: always ask your doctor about proposed tests & procedures as well as medications. With that said, check out http://www.Sitzmarks.Com/questionstoaskyourdoctor.Aspx which states not to use any laxatives including bulking agents prior to test.

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Nutrition (Definition)

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