Yerba Prima - Psyllium Whole Husks - 12 oz.
Yerba Prima Psyllium Whole Husks is a colon cleanser, that promotes regularity and heart health. Yerba Prima Psyllium Whole Husks is an economically priced colon cleansing dietary fiber for promoting regularity and supporting heart health. Yerba Prima Psyllium Whole Husks is most effective when used everyday, and can be used as long as desired.
There are many reasons why psyllium husks are a part of daily health maintenance for millions of people. Extensive research has shown that psyllium husks help maintain healthy cholesterol levels, including a proper balance of HDL and LDL cholesterol. In addition, psyllium husks help promote normal regularity. Unlike stimulant laxatives, psyllium husks are gentle and are not habit forming. Psyllium husks' bulking action makes elimination easier and more comfortable. At the same time, psyllium sweeps waste and toxins more quickly out of the body, so toxins are not reabsorbed from the colon back into the bloodstream. Yerba Prima uses only premium quality psyllium husks, without added sweeteners, colors or additives.
Is this product safe to take every day?
Most Yerba Prima products are safe to take every day. Fiber formulas that can be taken every day as long as desired (even for many years) include the Psyllium Husks products, Daily Fiber products, Colon Care Products and Soluble Fiber products. Fiber Plus powder and capsules contain the moderate stimulant laxative herb senna. They should be used occasionally as needed. They can be taken daily up to two months, but a person should try to gradually switch over from Fiber Plus to one of the bulking fiber formulas listed above.
Most of the herbal products are safe to take every day, including Ginkgo Extra Strength, Nutrimental, Bilberry Extra Strength, Bilberry tablets, St. John's Wort Extra Strength, St. John's Wort tablets, Echinace Extra Strength Liquid and Capsules, Milk Thistle Extra Strength, Liv-Cleanse Formula and Odor Cleanse capsules. Aloe Falls aloe vera juice drinks can be taken every day. Their Internal Cleansing formulas can be used daily in small amounts, though they are normally used and are most effective when taken for several months at a time. This includes Kalenite Cleansing Herbs tablets, Women's Renew, Men's Rebuild and Herbal Guard.
IBS/Diverticulitis/Diverticulosis -- I have Irritable Bowel Syndrome(IBS), diverticulitis or diverticulosis. Is it safe to take fiber formulas? Can fiber formulas help to maintain colon health?
If someone has active IBS or diverticulitis with current inflammation, do not use a fiber formula until the inflammation goes away. Consult with your doctor.
If there is not active inflammation, a fiber formula can be helpful for maintaining the health of the colon. People vary widely in their responses to fiber, but it most often has a normalizing effect. If there are loose stools, fiber will add bulk and bring them toward normal. If stools are hard and infrequent, fiber will add moisture and bulk and bring them toward normal. Fiber will generally be most helpful when used on a daily basis to help maintain proper intestinal health. Consult with a doctor or other health professional if there are any concerns with taking fiber.
Suggested products: Colon Care is very good. It has our complete fiber formula, plus FOS to support beneficial bacteria, plus calcium, magnesium and selenium to help protect the colon.
Some people may be gluten sensitive and have trouble with the oats and barley in CCF. They should try one of our pure Psyllium Husks products. Most people will be able to tolerate the psyllium husks well. It is best to begin with half a serving for the first few days to make sure the product is comfortable for the person. Then increase to a full serving. Many people will want to take two to three servings per day if the fiber is helping. As always, make sure to drink plenty of fluids with the fiber.
IBS/Diverticulitis/Diverticulosis & Internal Cleansing -- Is it safe to take internal cleansing formulas?
In general, it is best not to do internal cleansing formulas if there is any inflammation or intestinal discomfort unless one is working with a health professional. See the previous question for a discussion of the possible benefits of fiber for normalizing the bowel.
Women's Renew or Men's Rebuild Internal Cleansing System -- How long will a box of Women's Renew or Men's Rebuild last?
If you are using Women's Renew or Men's Rebuild programs long term, a box will last 30 days at the Level 1 recommended usage or 15 days at the Level 2 recommended usage. For most people, Level 1 will be excellent for long term support of the cleansing, protecting and rebuilding functions of the body.
Weight Loss & Internal Cleansing -- I would like to lose weight. Will the Women's Renew or Men's Rebuild Internal Cleansing System help?
People often lose weight during the cleansing program by eating mostly fruits and vegetables, and reducing the amounts of sweets, fatty foods and refined foods that they eat. The fiber may help reduce appetite, and seeing what comes out during the cleansing process can help motivate the change to a better diet. A whole foods diet with lots of fruits and vegetables also has the side benefit of increasing the cleansing activity of the herbs and fiber ingredients that make up the Internal Cleansing System.
Do you recommend a specific diet with the Women's Renew or Men's Rebuild Internal Cleansing Program?
They do not recommend a specific diet with our Internal Cleansing System. Everyone's body is different and people have different nutritional needs for maintaining good health. People will receive benefits using the program with any type of diet. However, a modified diet that is high in fruits and vegetables, and their juices, will increase the body's cleansing activity. This is an option if you want to moderately speed up the cleansing process and increase the deep cleansing activity of the program. However, pay attention to your body since this can make the cleansing process too strong for some people.
Fasting & Internal Cleansing -- Can I fast while I do the Women's Renew or Men's Rebuild Internal Cleansing Program?
You can fast while doing the cleansing program. Fasting will significantly increase the cleansing activity of the program, and so will be more likely to cause cleansing reactions. It is likely to speed up the cleansing process and increase the deep cleansing activity for people want either of these effects. We suggest that anyone who wants to fast for more than one day while doing a cleansing program consult with a health professional.
Breastfeeding and Internal Cleansing -- Can I do the cleansing program while breast feeding?
During breast feeding, it would be better to use one of our fiber formulas, such as Daily Fiber or Colon Care, rather than a cleansing program. A cleansing program, in the process of doing its job in the body, releases stored toxins so that they can be eliminated. It is preferable to begin the Women's Renew cleansing after weaning or at least when your baby is eating solid foods and breast milk is a small part of the diet.
Vegetable Capsules -- Do you have any products in capsules suitable for vegetarians?
At this time, we have one product in vegetable source capsules: Psyllium Husks Veg Caps. These capsules are made from cellulose. The capsules in our other products are made from Kosher purified gelatin USP grade. We hope to have more products in vegetable source capsules in the future.
Fiber & Nutrient Absorption -- What effect do psyllium husks and other dietary fibers have on nutrient absorption?
Our fiber formulas and psyllium husk products do not impair nutrient absorption when used at recommended amounts on a short term or long term basis.
What is the source of FOS (fructo-oligosaccharides) in Colon Care.
FOS used by Yerba Prima is a natural plant extract from chicory root. It has been extensively researched and shown to be helpful in maintaining and restoring proper levels of friendly bacteria in the colon.
How Long Before I Notice Results From Taking This Product?
Women's Renew or Men's Rebuild Internal Cleansing System -- Some people notice significant results in the first few days of use. Some people notice cleansing activity and more bowel movements after 2 to 3 weeks of use. For some people, the results are subtle, because the programs are very safe and do not have strong cleansing herbs in them. However, the herbs and fiber and still doing their job to cleanse and tone all of the elimination systems of the body.
Fiber Formulas such as Psyllium Husks, Daily Fiber, Colon Care and Soluble Fiber -- Most people begin to notice larger, easier to evacuate bowel movements within 2 to 3 days. It may take a few days longer for some people, depending on the amounts being used.
Fiber Plus and Fiber Plus Caps - These products generally provide overnight relief. Most people will begin to notice more regular bowel movements in 1 to 2 days.
Odor Cleanse -- For breath odor, shortly after taking one capsule with or following a meal. For body odor, within 2 - 4 weeks of taking 2 - 6 capsules per day. For fecal odor, within 2 - 4 weeks of taking 4 - 6 capsules per day.
Ginkgo Extra Strength -- normally 3 to 6 weeks to start noticing benefits.
Bilberry Extra Strength -- normally 3 to 4 weeks to start noticing benefits.
Milk Thistle Extra Strength -- normally 1 to 4 weeks to start noticing benefits.
St. John's Wort Extra Strength -- some people notice results the first few days of use, but normally 2 to 4 weeks to start noticing benefits.
This Product Smells Or Looks Different Than Usual. Is It Okay?
There is a normal variation in all natural products, especially the plant derived products such as dietary fiber formulas and herbs. Some variation in odor, color and taste is to be expected, and does not lessen the benefits of the product. Yerba Prima occasionally get calls or letters about one of the fiber formulas having an off-odor. The off-odor is usually very slight, but occasionally can be quite noticeable. This off-odor does not affect the safety or quality of the product. If a customer is unhappy with the product and does not feel that they can use it, feel free to contact Yerba Prima customer service. If a product seems bad or is significantly different than normal, by all means call Yerba Prima customer service to discuss the product with them.
Why Is Bioperine In The Extra Strength Herbs?
Bioperine is a patented black pepper extract that increases the assimilation of nutrients and herbs by 30% - 60%. This gives extra value and benefits to the customer.
Gluten Allergy/Celiac Sprue Disease -- Are psyllium husks safe to take?
People with celiac sprue disease can be extremely allergic to any gluten containing foods, such as wheat, rye, barley and oats. They can safely take our pure psyllium husks products: Psyllium Husks Powder, Psyllium Husks Caps, Psyllium Husks Veg Caps and Psyllium Whole Husks.
Psyllium husks are gluten free. Psyllium is not related to wheat or any of the gluten containing plants. In addition, there is not likely to be contamination of our psyllium husks by any gluten containing grain from the field to the finished product.
Gluten Free -- Do you have fiber products that are gluten free?
The following Yerba Prima products are gluten free:
Psyllium Husks Powder
Psyllium Whole Husks
Psyllium Husks Caps
Psyllium Husks Veg Caps
Can I take this product during pregnancy?
As a general rule, it is best to consult with a health professional about the use of supplements during pregnancy. Our fiber products are generally fine to use during pregnancy. This would include the formulas of Psyllium Husks, Daily Fiber, Colon Care and Soluble Fiber. Fiber Plus contains senna, a moderate stimulant laxative herb, and is best used short term only after consultation with a health professional. Cleansing programs should not be done during pregnancy, whether it is a fasting program or an herbs and fiber program such as Women's Renew Internal Cleansing System or Kalenite Cleansing Herbs.
Low Carbohydrate Diets -- How many grams of carbohydrates are in different products?
Many people who are on high protein, low carbohydrate diets ask about the carbohydrate content of Yerba Prima products, especially the fiber formulas. There is a tendency towards constipation with a high protein, low carbohydrate diet. Yerba Prima fiber formulas will be very helpful.
The product labels of all Yerba Prima fiber formulas list both total carbohydrate content and digestible carbohydrate content per serving of the products. In most cases, it is less than 1/2 gram of digestible carbohydrate per serving. Nutrition labels are required to include the dietary fiber amount in the total carbohydrate listing on the Supplement Facts panel. However, dietary fiber is not digested in the small intestine and does not count as part of the digestible carbohydrate.
Psyllium Husks: Benefits and Usage
by Peter Finkle, Director of Quality Assurance, Yerba Prima, Inc.
What are the benefits of psyllium husks?
- Promote regularity and easy elimination
- Remove toxins for better health
- Improve digestion
- Help lower elevated cholesterol levels for heart health
- Help balance blood sugar levels
- Reduce problems with diarrhea or loose stools
- Protect the health of the colon
Requirements for good health include proper digestion of nutrients and proper elimination of toxins. If the body is allowed to accumulate toxins, chemicals and excessive waste products, these toxins can back up into the body and can cause headaches, loss of energy, fatigue or aches and pains. Over the years, toxins can also contribute to serious illness. Fiber as part of a good health regimen supports proper digestion and elimination to help prevent and alleviate these problems.
Leading health experts recommend that we eat 25 to 35 grams of fiber daily, but most people consume only 10 to 15 grams a day. Psyllium seed husks are a concentrated source of dietary fiber with many benefits. Psyllium husks help promote normal regularity and easy elimination through their bulking action. As a bowel normalizer, they also help reduce problems with loose bowels and diarrhea. Psyllium husks trap and remove toxins from the body. They speed transit time, so toxins and waste are not reabsorbed from the colon into the bloodstream. Numerous medical studies show that psyllium husks help to lower high cholesterol levels, and thus help protect against the risk of heart disease. Recent research indicates that psyllium husks help to balance blood sugar levels as well as lipid levels in people with diabetes.
What are Psyllium husks?
Psyllium is a member of the plant family Plantaginaceae. It is not related to wheat and does not contain gluten. Psyllium husks are from the outer coating of the psyllium seed, like the bran layer of grains. There are several species of psyllium, but the seed husks from Plantago ovata, also known as blonde psyllium, are the best quality and have the highest fiber content. This is the only kind that Yerba Prima uses.
How Do Psyllium Husks Work?
Psyllium husks are a concentrated source of dietary fiber, composed mostly of hemicellulose. They are not digested in the small intestine, but are partially broken down in the colon, where they act as a food source for friendly flora. Mostly, they act as a sponge in the intestinal tract, swelling as they absorb water, toxins and waste material. This forms a soft, bulky mass that passes through the colon more quickly and evacuates more smoothly and easily.
How Do I Take Psyllium Husks?
For consistent results, it is best to take Psyllium Husks daily. To promote regular elimination and remove toxins, take them any time of the day that is most convenient for you, 1 - 3 servings a day. To help lower high cholesterol levels and balance blood sugar levels, they are most effective taken with meals or near mealtime, 10 grams per day. There are 10 grams in 2 servings per day of Psyllium Husks Powder or Psyllium Whole Husks, or in 4 servings per day of Psyllium Husks Caps. To support weight loss by giving a full feeling in the stomach, take them 10 - 20 minutes before meals with 8-16 ounces of liquid. To take, stir the powder or whole psyllium husks into a glass of water, juice, milk, soy drink or rice drink and consume immediately. For easiest mixing, use a shaker jar. Make sure to drink at least 8 ounces of liquid with each serving. When taking the capsules, take 1 capsule at a time and also drink a full glass of liquid. For variety, psyllium husks can be incorporated into soups, sauces or smoothies. Remember that they will thicken whatever they are added to, so adjust the liquid accordingly.
Can I Take Them Along With Vitamins or Medicines?
Taking a normal serving size of psyllium husks does not have a significant effect on the absorption of any nutrients. Thus, psyllium husks can be taken either with meals or between meals, either with other supplements or separate from them. Psyllium husks generally do not interact with medicines. Consult with your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking medication, as he or she may recommend taking the psyllium husks one or two hours away from the medication.
How Much Fiber Do They Have?
As a concentrated source of dietary fiber, the husks have only very small amounts of other nutrients such as carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins and minerals. Carbohydrate, protein and fat content are all less than 1 gram per serving. Calorie content is only 8 - 15 calories per serving. Their nutritional value lies in the numerous benefits of dietary fiber. The dietary fiber content of quality psyllium husks products is:
- Psyllium Husks Powder: 4 - 4 ½ grams of fiber per 5 gram serving (1 rounded teaspoon)
- Psyllium Whole Husks: 4 - 4 ½ grams of fiber per 5 gram serving (1 tablespoon)
- Psyllium Husks Caps: 2 - 2 ¼ grams of fiber per 4-capsule serving
Are Psyllium Husks Safe?
Psyllium husks are very safe, and are used by millions of people each year throughout the world. Unlike stimulant laxatives, psyllium husks are not habit forming. They can be used every day as long as desired.
A very small number of people are allergic to psyllium and cannot use it. For nearly everyone, psyllium husks are safe to use anytime, including during pregnancy or while breast-feeding.
Which Form of Psyllium Husks Should I Take?
Psyllium Husks Powder provides maximum intestinal bulking and waste removal activity. Some people prefer Psyllium Whole Husks because they don't gel as quickly in liquid. Psyllium Husks Caps are convenient for traveling or taking at the office. Whichever form you choose, you can enjoy the health benefits of this wonderful dietary fiber every day.
Yerba Prima has pioneered significant advances in health enhancing products, including natural dietary fiber, internal cleansing, standardized herbs and preservative-free aloe vera juice. The company was founded in 1980 by a group of health conscious individuals in Northern California who were learning about the benefits of internal cleansing. However, the high quality herbs and fiber that they needed were not readily available. Because of this need, the original Internal Cleansing Program was introduced in 1980.
Since that time, Yerba Prima has continued to develop, manufacture and market a range of fiber and internal cleansing products that are of the highest quality, are natural and that respond to the needs of health conscious individuals. Yerba Prima is the only company that manufactures a complete range of all-natural fiber and internal cleansing products.
After many years in Oakland, California, the company relocated to a custom designed corporate office and manufacturing facility in beautiful Ashland, Oregon, in 1991. Yerba Prima's new facility was the first commercial building in Ashland to win the Energy Smart Award, for energy conservation measures that were included in the design and construction of the building. Yerba Prima believes in making high quality products that are pure and natural, and are made only from premium quality ingredients.
Yerba Prima has been recognized for many achievements in the natural products industry.
Industry Firsts Include:
- Natural Dietary Fiber Line
- Internal Cleansing Program
- Standardized Herb Line
- Standardized Extract of St. John's Wort
- Echinacea Juice Extract meeting Commission E Standards
- Shelf-Stable Preservative-Free Aloe Vera Juice
- Clinically Proven Extra Strength Herbs
Yerba Prima manufactures the highest quality dietary supplement products at our modern facility in Ashland, Oregon. Yerba prima is registered both as a food manufacturer and as an Over-The-Counter Drug Manufacturer. Manufacturing takes place in accordance with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) that are stricter than normal industry standards, to ensure the safety, purity and efficacy of all Yerba Prima products. Extensive testing is done at each step of the manufacturing process, beginning with testing of all incoming ingredients and packaging materials used in Yerba Prima products. Additional microbiological, chemical and physical tests take place during and after each manufacturing cycle to ensure product quality. With years of extensive international sales, Yerba Prima has experience in meeting the strict regulatory statues, quality standards and GMP requirements of numerous countries around the world.