Psyllium is a form of fiber made from the husks of the Plantago ovata plant’s seeds. It sometimes goes by the name ispaghula. It’s most commonly known as a laxative. However, research shows that taking psyllium is beneficial to many parts of the human body, including the heart and the pancreas. Moreover, unlike some other potent sources of fiber, the body typically tolerates psyllium well.
Benefits of psyllium
Digestive health, Psyllium is a bulk-forming laxative.
This means it soaks up water in your gut and makes bowel movements much easier and can help promote regularity without increasing flatulence. It can be used as a one-off to ease constipation, or it can be added to your diet to help promote regularity and overall digestive health.
Heart health, Research has shown that taking soluble fiber can help people manage their cholesterol levels. Proper cholesterol regulation is important for everyone, but it’s vital for people over the age of 50. Numerous studies have shown that fiber like psyllium, taken as part of a healthy
diet, can help lower a person’s risk of heart disease. Psyllium can affect your heart by lowering blood pressure, improving lipid levels, and strengthening heart muscle.
Watching your weight, Maintaining a healthy weight is a concern for many people, especially
those with a chronic condition like diabetes. Besides being good for your heart and blood sugar
levels, psyllium may help you lose weight. Because psyllium absorbs liquid in your body, it can help give you a feeling of being full. This can help you control the amount of food you eat. Talk to your doctor about the possibility of taking psyllium if they’ve suggested that you lose weight
Diabetes, People with diabetes have to be mindful of their diet to maintain a healthy balance of insulin and blood sugar (glucose). Some research has suggested that fibers like psyllium can help people maintain a healthy glycemic balance.
How can I get psyllium?
Psyllium is most commonly consumed in powder or wafer form. It’s also available in capsules, granules, and as a liquid concentrate.
Psyllium recommended dosage
Common dosages of psyllium are 5–10 g, with meals, at least once per day. However, when it comes to fiber, more is not always better. It is important to take it with water and then drink water regularly throughout the day. As a bulk laxative supplement, 5 g with a glass of water 3 times per day is a common starting point. People can increase this gradually if they find it tolerable. It depends on the product how many grams are in 1 teaspoon or tablespoon, but 1 tablespoon is a common recommendation as a serving for psyllium husk. It is best to follow the dosage instructions on the packaging or advice from a healthcare professional.
Take away tip
Psyllium is a common laxative. It can also relieve diarrhea and help reduce triglycerides,
cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure levels. People can include this fiber supplement in
their nutrition regimen and take it regularly as part of a healthful diet.
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