Nutritional Supplements Library
What is psyllium?
Psyllium or Plantago ovata Forsk is an annual plant grown primarily in India, southern Europe and the United States. grows to a height of 12 to 18 in. Leaves are opposite, linear or linear lanceolate (0.4 ? 7.5 in.) The root system has a well developed tap root with few fibrous secondary roots. A large number of flowering shoots arise from the base of the plant. Flowers are numerous, small, and white. Plants flower about 60 days after planting. The seeds are enclosed in capsules that open at maturity.Psyllium is cultivated primarily for its use as a laxative or as a dietary fiber ingredient in foods, laxatives, ready-to-eat cereals and nutritional supplements. It is also known as blond psyllium, Indian psyllium and plantain. When consumed with a sufficient amount of water, psyllium forms a gelatinous mass that keeps feces hydrated and soft.
What is the effective dosage of psyllium supplementation?
The effective dosage is 5 to 10 grams or 1 to 2 teaspoon per day, mix it with water and have it immediately.
What are the benefits of psyllium supplementation?
• Psyllium reduces the risk of heart disease by lowering total and LDL cholesterol levels
• It prevents constipation Insoluble Fiber .
• It reduces the risk of colon cancer .
• It prevents constipation.
• It is used by herbalists as a topical treatment for skin irritations, including poison ivy reactions and insect bites.
• It is very effective for Irritable bowel syndrome.
What are the side effects of psyllium supplementation?
Psyllium is very safe, minor Side effects include flatulence and abdominal distention.
• Psyllium must be taken with adequate amounts of fluids. Inadequate fluid intake may cause psyllium to swell and block the throat, esophagus or intestines.
• It should not be taken right before going to bed.
• Before taking it, Consult your doctor if you are pregnant or breast feeding women.