The plant "plantago psyllium" contains tiny seeds called psyllium. A fiber husk covers the outside of the seed, and when the seeds are crushed, it makes what is referred to as psyllium husk. Historically it has been used for constipation and treating skin irritations, like poison ivy and insect bites.
Psyllium husk contains glycosides and mucilages, which are a source of water soluble fiber, similar to fiber found in grains such as oats and barley. When psyllium husk mixes with water, it transforms into a gelatinous substance that stimulates the transport of waste through the intestinal tract. It is an excellent intestinal cleanser, which is great for reducing the risk of colon cancer and other diseases.
Although sometimes people mistake it for laxative - it is not. Laxatives are designed to liquefy stool, and cause internal cramping to quickly remove the stool. However, psyllium is rich in fiber which bulks up the stool and softens it, allowing it to move through your intestines normally (without the excess "push" of laxatives).
Better form of fiber
Although similar to fiber oats, the amount of soluble fiber in psyllium is much higher than oats or barley. Its ingredients include alkaloids, amino acids, oils, protein, tannins and flavonoids. The U. S.Food and Drug Administration (FDA) determined that psyllium husks lowered blood cholesterol levels, when combined with a low fat diet.
Benefits of psyllium husk:
- Removes toxins to promote regularity and health
- Supports in weight loss by improving lipid and sugar levels in the blood
- FDA established tangible benefit to improve coronary (heart) function
- Lowers cholesterol
- Easy to take
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