Fiber Supplement Chart




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I. Comparison of Powder Fiber Brands

Metamucil® Citrucel® Benefiber® Fibersure®
Active Ingredient Psyllium husk Methylcellulose Wheat dextrim Inulin
Is Active Natural? Natural Semi Synthetic   Natural
FDA Approval for Laxation? Yes Yes No No
Grams of Active /Day for Laxation 2.5 – 30 grams 4 – 6 grams Not approved for laxative Not approved for laxative
Amount of Active/Dose 3.4 grams 2 grams 3 grams 5 grams
Required # of Doses/Day for Laxation 1 2 Not approved for laxative Not approved for laxative
Lower Blood Cholesterol? Yes Minimal No No
Soluble Fiber/Insoluble Fiber? 70% soluble 100% soluble 100% soluble 100% soluble
Active holds water? Yes Yes No No
Active forms a gel? Yes No No No
Active Bulks Stools? Yes Yes No No
Active Traps Bile Acids? Yes No No Inadequate Data
Active is Fermentable? Partially fermentable No Yes Yes
Helps lower blood pressure? Yes Inadequate Data Inadequate Data Inadequate Data
Helps lower blood sugar? Yes Inadequate Data Yes No
Helps lower the risk of heart disease? Yes Inadequate Data Inadequate Data Inadequate Data

II. Comparison of Solid Dose Fiber Brands

Metamucil® Capsules Fibercon® Swallowable
Caplets
Citrucel® Swallowable Caplets Fiberchoice®
Active Ingredient Psyllium husk Calcium Polycarbophil Methylcellulose Inulin
Is Active Natural? Natural Synthetic Semi Synthetic Natural
FDA Approval for Laxation? Yes Yes Yes No
Grams of Active/Day for Laxation 2.5 – 30 grams 4 – 6 grams 4 – 6 grams 5 grams
Amount of Active/Dose 0.525 grams/capsule 5 capsules/dose 0.625 g
(eq. 0.5 g
polycarbophile)
/caplet 2 caplet/dose
0.5 grams/caplet 2 caplets/dose 2grams/tablet 2 tablets/dose
Required # of Doses/Day for Laxation 1 4 4  
Required # of Caplets/Day for Laxation 5 8 8  
Lower Blood Cholesterol? Yes No Minimal No
Soluble Fiber/Insoluble Fiber? 70% soluble 100% insoluble 100% soluble 100% insoluble
Active holds water? Yes Yes Yes No
Active forms a gel? Yes Yes No No
Active Bulks Stools? Yes Yes Yes No
Active Traps Bile Acids? Yes Inadequate Data Yes Inadequate Data
Active is Fermentable? Partially fermentable No No Yes



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