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NOV

The Multi Health Benefits of Psyllium

Filed Under: Supplements at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Psyllium supplements are a convenient way to increase the daily intake of fiber but many people are not familiar with this true dietary fiber product.

Psyllium seed husks are portions of the seeds of the plant Plantago ovata, a native of India, Iran and Pakistan. Even though psyllium may be classified as a laxative or mucilaginous fiber, this bulking agent swells considerably when added to liquid, which can help to support healthy gastrointestinal function.

Additionally, Psyllium seed husks supplements can support several health conditions. It can help to relieve constipation, diverticular disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and diarrhea. Psyllium is commonly the main ingredient in over-the-counter bulk laxative products. The laxative properties of psyllium are due to the swelling of the husk when it comes in contact with water. This forms a gelatinous mass that stimulates bowel movement.

The suggested intake of psyllium husks to treat constipation is one teaspoon three times per day, in even amounts throughout the day. Psyllium husks can be mixed with water or juice and drunk immediately before it thickens. When taking psyllium, it is important to maintain a high water intake.

However, the most encouraging news about psyllium is that recent reports show regular supplementation can promote healthy cholesterol levels as it can lower the LDL or “bad” cholesterol. However, levels of HDL (“good”) cholesterol are not affected by psyllium supplementation.

Furthermore, recent research shows that psyllium can help in controlling type-2 diabetes. Psyllium has also been used topically by herbalists to treat skin irritations, including poison ivy reactions and insect bites and stings.

Psyllium supplements are also available in capsules. You can shop for top-quality brands of psyllium products, whole husks, husk powder and capsules, at luckyvitamin.com.

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