• The effects of the administration of 5.1 g of psyllium or placebo (cellulose) twice daily for 16 weeks were compared as adjuncts to a prudent diet in the management of moderate hypercholesterolemia in a parallel, double-blind study. Psyllium decreased the total cholesterol level by 5.6% and the low-density lipoprotein cholesterol level by 8.6%, whereas the levels were unchanged in the placebo group. The high-density lipoprotein cholesterol level decreased during the diet stabilization period in both groups and returned to near-baseline values by week 16. Plasma triglyceride levels did not change substantially in either group. Subject compliance to treatment was greater than 95%. These data suggest that psyllium hydrophilic mucilloid in a twice-daily regimen may be a useful and safe adjunct to a prudent diet in the treatment of moderate hypercholesterolemia.
(Arch Intern Med. 1990;150:1822-1827)