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Psyllium is a type of fiber that acts as a gentle, bulk forming laxative.
Psyllium, similarly to other soluble fibers, passes through the small intestine without being completely broken down or absorbed.
Instead, it absorbs water and becomes a viscous compound that benefits constipation, diarrhea, blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol, and weight loss.Psyllium is a soluble fiber derived from the seeds of Plantago ovata, an herb grown mainly in India.
People use psyllium as a dietary supplement. It is available in the form of husk, granules, capsules, or powder. Manufacturers may also fortify breakfast cereals and baked goods with psyllium.
Psyllium husk is the main active ingredient in Metamucil, a fiber supplement that reduces constipation.
Because of its excellent water solubility, psyllium can absorb water and become a thick, viscous compound that resists digestion in the small intestine.
Its resistance to digestion allows it to help regulate high cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood sugar levels. It can also aid weight management and relieve mild diarrhea as well as constipation.(medical news today)
Organic Psyllium(isabgol) husk
How to use
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.(medical news today)