Whole Psyllium Husks
I like the husks better than the powder as it sets up a bit slower and seems to be lighter in my gut.
I mix it with my kefir or yogurt once per day for better bowel health...It is filling and I can go all day long without getting hungry after just a cup of kefir and a Tblsp of this fiber. I am a 63 year old female and weigh 130 # and am 5'6" . I could easily eat less and loose weight if I wanted to as it is really comfortably filling and makes my breakfast last for hours. I do not get hungry when I use this stuff..
January 2, 2014
This is it!
Several years ago I began taking supplemental fiber. I started with several commonly-known ones such as Metamucil. Those worked out ok (puns intended), but my goal was to aid in my digestive system and I came to find the sugar in these solutions unnecessary, not-to-mention their actual fiber content is fairly low.
Then I came across pure psyllium. It has no sugar or other added ingredients and a similar volume amount gives 2-3 times the fiber. The first I found was the coarsest and it came from Nutrition Express.
As the years passed, I continued to order from them and over time, upon two occasions, the materials became more and more fine, eventually being a powder. I was disappointed as this was their only option. However, the product still worked just fine even though my preferred coarse psyllium seemed gone forever.
Recently, Nutrition Express caused a huge hassle with an order ($200) and refused to ship to an address already on-file when I updated my credit card (prior one had expired). The end of that story was that they didn't care they lost me as a customer (5 years). So I went shopping for another vendor.
Enter Swanson! Not only do they have exactly what I was looking for, the coarser material in psyllium, but their price is much, much lower per ounce. Swanson also offers several options for psyllium to better meet the varietal needs of their customers. Thank you and good-bye Nutrition Express!
I would highly recommend this product, but just one thing... it needs to be renamed. The words "whole husk" is not accurate. Until I received the product and opened it, I was afraid I would have to send it back. The material is coarser than powder, but it is in no way an entire (whole) husk or difficult to swallow. Perhaps "coarse psyllium husks" would be better?
The material does absorb water/liquid quickly so the idea is to pour it into your beverage of choice (unless sprinkling on your food), stir a few seconds allowing it to get wet, and then drink it all down at once. It's not a big deal and an 6-8oz glass of liquid is plenty in my opinion for a heaping tablespoon of psyllium.
My recommendation - take this with 1) water, and 2) Emergen-C. This makes for a nice flavor and gives you 1,000mg of Vitamin C and a few other vits along with each dose of fiber. You win two ways and C is non-toxic meaning you can't hurt taking extra even if you're taking a multi-vitamin additionally.
I hope this review isn't too long (too late) and helps others know that this is a really good and healthful product. And get this... per Swanson's return policy, I took a "chance" and ordered 21lbs of this stuff on my first order. I knew that if it turned out to be something other than what would work for me, Swanson would stand behind the product and incur the cost of return.
Thank you Swason for providing such a product and customer satisfaction guarantee!
November 20, 2013
Best I have used
I love the whole psyllium husks. It works so much better than the powders. NOW brand is the best value. My husband and I both use this daily and mix it with milk. When it thickens slightly it kind of reminds me of cream of wheat. Very easy to drink when added to milk. I'm sure it would be great with orange juice too. Also there is NOTHING ADDED like sugar and artificial flavor. It's hard to find 100% psyllium husks at most stores.
October 19, 2013
as a seinor, I don't eat large meals anymore & sometimes only 2 meals a day.. I find that when I add this stuff to my oatmeal that it helps keep my bowels regular. In short it sends y' to the bathroom.
October 18, 2013
I use this on my horse. Its easy to use and quit effective.
October 5, 2013
whole psyllium husks
Good price for whole psyllium husks. It is the nature of the product to be mixed with little stems and seeds, but this product seems to be filtered a little better than another bulk brand--not as many chunky stems. Good basic product for adding fiber to your routine. Just add 2 tbsp to a glass of filtered water and drink. It mixes better with plain water---cool, not cold and definitely not warm water. It works for me.
October 4, 2013
Great product. I use it as a filler to extend other products. Add it to apple sauce with a little honey and you can halve your cost. Add to yogurt and half the cost.
August 15, 2013
I have been special ordering this product from my local health store, and was happy to pay $7.50-8 for it. I'm thrilled now that I found it on Swanson's site for much less, $5.62, and I love the fixed rate shipping, it really helps save money. NOW brand is a great brand, with high quality products. My only suggestion for NOW company it to have an easy open, and re-sealable bag, like many products are going to- makes it so much easier than using a rubber band. Otherwise, no complaints, excellent!
August 9, 2013
great product at a great price!!!
it came fast. loved it and it was a great value!!!
July 20, 2013
better than Metamucil
My friend went to his doctor, who recommended he remember three things for his digestive system: Metamucil, Metamucil, Metamucil. My friend really preached this to me, so I did some research. Well, Metamucil has a lot of sugar (or toxic artificial sweetener) and some stuff in it that I don't care to eat (like sand), but it is mostly all psyllium fiber. This product is just pure, plain psyllium fiber. I mix it with fresh squeezed orange juice (good to live in Florida). As I love pulp in my orange juice, this like super pulp orange juice.
July 5, 2013
A Daily Priority
I have tried many products for keeping regular and this product tops all of them. I take it on a daily basis and it is gentle and very effective.
June 25, 2013
i have been taking this for years
its cheaper for me to buy this product from swanson, and have it delivered to my door, ive been using this for years, it works well, and ive been able to have a better quality of life since ive been taking this.
June 10, 2013
This product works really great. It is not intrusive, and helps you to get the type of fiber your body needs.
May 10, 2013
Three Cheers for Psyllium Seed Husks!!
NOW Foods Psyllium is a great source of fiber. I've been using this brand for about 5 years and am very pleased with it.
May 1, 2013
I use psyllium in an 8 oz glass of cran-water twice daily. Much better than any other product.
April 18, 2013
Great product, easy to use
I have made my own fiber blend for many years. I enjoy the price and quality of this product. I find if I mix 1 part Now Psyllium Husk and 1/2 part Wheat Bran and 1/2 part Oat Bran together they make a wonderful fiber blend for a fraction of the cost.
April 18, 2013
The world has finally come around to realizing that gastrointestinal reliability / strength is essential for overall health, wellness, and longevity. Partnering up with Probiotics, Psyllium Husks provide the insoluble fiber necessary for a clean colon and detoxified digestive tract. I have used whole Psyllium Husks since the 1960s. Personally, I only need to use two heaping tsps daily to supplement my normal intake of bulk and fiber, which is great due to lots of raw and fermented vegetables. One can certainly use as much as they need; however, be sure to stir your Psyllium Husks into cool / cold water or juice, so it doesn't set up into an undrinkable mucilaginous gel too quickly, as it will if you let it stand for a quick second or so in wam liquid. Once it is inside your body, that mucilaginous gel is what you want to work like a sponge and carry toxins out of your body as it cleans off the walls of your colon. This simple solution, along with good Probiotics, of which Swanson has many, delights many people with fresher breath and reduced body odor. This NOW bag of whole Psyllium Husks is top quality, clean, consistent, and priced right. I am always suspect of buying Psyllium Husks from the bulk bins in healthfood stores, especially when the psyllium bulk bin is on the bottom level. Think about that potentially polluted problematic picture. I transfer my Psyllium Husks from the NOW bag packaging to a widemouth jar for convenience. I couldn't recommend whole Psyllium Husks to be part of your daily routine any higher for optimum health and wellness.
March 29, 2013
Can't function without this! Price keeps going up though but as of now Swansons has a good price.
March 12, 2013
Product is easy to use, just put in grinder and blend. Add to your favorite foods for an extra fiber boost or add ground flax seeds and spirulina, mix together and put a coule of tablespoons in a a cup with a little cold water, stir and fill with hot water. Great way to get extra fiber!!
March 9, 2013
Great product at a good price
I use a couple of tablespoons of Psyllium Husk each morning in my juice. The price is very good. Just check out what Metimucil charges for a similar product. Also unlike Metimucil which I have also tried it does not have unhealthy sweeteners. Great for regularity and firmer stools. Other benefits too. No taste to speak of but the grainy texture in a drink takes a bit of getting used to. Swanson is a great company with excellent prices on top name products and their own lines are also excellent.
February 26, 2013
Use it everyday!
One quarter cup mixed with water and a packet of stevia provide 100% of a person's dietary fiber for the day. I know that because I read packages, not because I'm some sort of expert.
I make it point to do this everyday and it's made a huge difference in my overall health.
February 20, 2013
No flavorings, no sweeteners. Just psyllium, which is all I want. The right product at a great price from my favorite online source.
February 15, 2013
I've used this psyllium husk (by NOW foods) for many years, to help increase my daily intake of fiber. This stuff gets the job done.
January 14, 2013
Plain and Unflavored!
I was so glad to find a source of psyllium husks that contains no preservatives or additives. Since this is plain, unflavored and unsweetened, I can use it in a greater variety of ways than the flavored kind and this also gives me the choice of whatever sweetener that I might want to use. I've found that adding this to homemade veggie burgers not only increases their fiber content but it also makes the burger stick together better during cooking. This product can be added to crushed graham crackers to make a fiber rich pie crust. Psyllium husks can also be added to smoothies but any drink that it's added to will need to be consumed immediately because it will thicken very quickly. This is a great product for someone looking for a way to add fiber to their diet without adding any extras.
November 13, 2012
This Stuff is AWESOME!
So it's not really soluable in water. It is and it isn't. But it's awesome!
I mix 1-2 tablespoons with fruit juice in a blender in the morning with some ice and other supplements. Then I chug it fast, because it will become really thick really fast if I don't. Kind of like sludge. Then I drink another glass of water to follow it down. It helps me stay full, while I'm losing weight. It also has tons of fiber in it, which helps you poo easier. I didn't really have a problem with that, but I wanted the extra fiber in my diet.
I also put a couple of tablespoons in my muffin batter. It helps them retain moisture and is another way to add fiber in your diet. Mmmm fiber!
I feel it's a high quality product, but then again, I really like my food stuff to look like where it came from instead of a really fine white looking powder. This stuff looks like plant material. Will buy again and again.
September 13, 2012