Psyllium (popular as isabgol) is a herb usually found in the form of husk, granules, capsules or powder. It’s a soluble fiber derived from the seeds of Plantago ovata which is mainly grown in India. It is commonly use as a food ingredient in manufactured breakfast cereals which may contribute to a healthy lifestyle by improving blood cholesterol levels and gastro intestinal function. Psyllium husk has also been use as a thickener in ice cream and other frozen desserts.
For centuries, psyllium husk has been use in the ancient traditional medicine of Ayurveda to promote the body’s overall health and well-being. This ancient knowledge has now been prove by modern science, and today psyllium husk is popular as one of the most effective fibers for maintaining regular digestive health.
This dietary fiber helps to relieve symptoms of both constipation and mild diarrhea. The laxative properties of psyllium attributes to the fiber: it absorbs water and subsequently softens the stool. It does increase flatulence (gas) to some degree.
Use of psyllium in the diet for three weeks or longer lowers blood cholesterol levels in people with elevated cholesterol, and lowers blood glucose levels in people with type 2 diabetes. Use of psyllium for a month or longer produces a small reduction in systolic blood pressure.
But this Psllium Fiber has few side effects such as it can cause bowel obstructions. If taken without adequate amount of water. Gas or stomach bloating may also occur and choking is a hazard. If you take psyllium without adequate water, it thickens in the throat. Sometimes it can cause allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis. Psyllium may act as a potent inhalant allergen capable of eliciting asthma symptoms. Follow all product instructions carefully. Don’t take any more than the recommended dosage unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
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