Psyllium seed husks, also known as ispaghula, isabgol or psyllium, are portions of the seeds of the plant Plantago ovata, most commonly found in India. It is rich in fibre so reduce appetite without overstimulating the nervous system so it quickly becoming one of the top recommendations for people using low-carb atkins-style diets.
It is rich in dietary fibre and some amount of calcium and iron. It contains zero fat, sodium and cholesterol.
- They are used to relieve constipation, irritable bowel syndrome and diarrhea. It doesn’t promote flatulence.
- Can affect heart by lowering blood pressure, improving lipid levels and strengthening heart muscle.
- Effective in treating colon cancer and ulcerative colitis.
- Akin to flaxseed and oat bran, the fiber in psyllium husk is soluble. Soluble fiber is useful in lowering bad cholesterol (LDL) which reduces the risk of heart disease, atherosclerosis and promotes overall health.
- Psyllium with probiotics daily is a safe and effective way to treat Crohn’s disease
- Help people with diabetes manage their blood sugar.
- Psyllium may enhance the sensation of fullness and reduce hunger cravings. For these reasons, incorporating psyllium and other sources of fiber into the diet may aid weight loss.
- Used by patients with anal fissures (cracks in the skin near the anus) and hemorrhoids and is often recommended following anal or rectal surgery, during pregnancy and as a secondary treatment in certain types of diarrhea.
- Other uses include gluten-free baking, where ground psyllium seed husks bind moisture and help make breads less crumbly.