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Psyllium Seed Husk
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I am newly diagnosed with celiac disease (Nov. 21) and, as quickly as possible, moving toward and adjusting to a gluten-free diet.

I certainly have many questions, but one that sticks out right now is if anyone knows a good source of gluten-free psyllium seed husks? I currently use Trader Joe's "Secrets Of The Psyllium" which is inexpensive, and devoid of flavorings, sugars, etc. While the container states "No wheat," it also states that it is processed on shared equipment (listing wheat and a few others). There is no gluten-free label on the container (and I am learning that mileage will vary with the "gluten-free" labels, and to do my research on all prepared foodstuffs that I buy).

Anyway, my guess is that this product is probably not advisable for use but... does anyone with celiac disease use this product successfully? Has anyone used it and experienced adverse effects? Does anyone know of a brand of 100% psyllium that is safe for those with celiac disease?

I am glad to have found this site, thanks,

Joe

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I've been using Yerba Prima psyllium husks powder, here are details on their site, but I got it in the natural foods section of a grocery store: http://www.yerba.com/storefront/item.asp?id=57

It doesn't specifically say it's gluten-free but I've been fine with it, afaik.

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Yerba Prima works fine for me. I haven't tried Trader Joe's brand.

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Thank you for the replies! There is a Vitamin Shoppe very near to one of our local Trader Joe's and, according to their Web site, they carry both the Yerba Prima and Organic India brands (along with some others). I will give them a visit on this weekend's grocery shopping trip.

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I recently took some psyllium husk in capsule form and I am thinking it caused a bad reaction for me. My head feels full and foggy for a couple day now. I am also having crawling feeling in my head and balance issues. I am having similar experiences to anytime that I would eat gluten. Certainly it is possible that I could be reacting to something different, but I had never tried this capsule before. I'm honestly very nervous about the idea of trying it again. Just wanted to give you my experience. Just for the record, I am not just sensitive to gluten, but also to other gluten grains like corn, rice, oatmeal, etc. So if you are sensitive to more than just the gluten in wheat, then I would express caution. Good luck. 

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