Can you take expired Psyllium husk? 

Can you take expired Psyllium husk? 

It is not generally recommended to take expired Psyllium husk. However, you can take Psyllium husk if it has recently expired. Taking Psyllium husk that expired more than 6 months to a year ago could be dangerous. The overall stability of Psyllium husk depends on how well you store it. 

If you have not placed it in an airtight container or it is exposed to moisture, the product will start to degrade way before its expiration date. It usually comes with a shelf-life of 2 years, once the packaging is opened. 

What are the possible dangers associated with the use of expired Psyllium husk? 

Expired Psyllium husk may not be injurious to health unless it is contaminated, but it may cause gastrointestinal disturbances like

  • Indigestion
  • Stomach pain
  • Flatulence 
  • Bloating 

Psyllium husk is inert in nature and it can stay good if it’s protected from air, humidity, and extreme temperatures. However, if it is exposed to such factors, it can start to become unstable. This is why it’s best to not take any chances with your health. 

What to do if you have taken expired Psyllium husk? 

Nothing much would happen if you take expired Psyllium husk once or twice. However, it’s best to check it before you use it. If it has a bad smell, clumpy or gelatin-like texture, mould, or it has swollen because of water exposure, it’s best to throw it away. 

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