Psyllium is the common name for all members of the plant genus Plantago. There are about 250 known species of this small, inconspicuous plant which is native to the Mediterranean regions of Europe and North Africa.
The seeds of psyllium (pronounced SILL-ee-uhm) are commercially gathered for their mucilage a gummy, sticky substance useful as an adhesive or thickener. The U. S. is the world's largest importer of psyllium husk an estimated 60 percent of total psyllium imports are used by American pharmaceutical firms in products such as Metamucil. It has also been used as a thickener in ice cream and frozen desserts.
- Psyllium seed husks are a source of soluble fiber and a healthy addition to your diet.
- Fiber is an important part of a healthy diet.
- Fiber may help with occasional constipation.
- Psyllium cleanses your colon and intestines.
- Psyllium promotes regularity.
- Fiber helps to lower the Glycemic index of meals, and helps maintain blood sugar levels already within a normal range.
- Fiber helps maintain cholesterol levels that are already within the normal range.
- Fiber supports heart health.
- Psyllium seeds which consist of soluble and insoluble polysaccharides contain protein, triglycerides, starch, and hemicelluloses.
- Psyllium mucilage is used mainly as a dietary fiber. Since it isn't absorbed by the small intestine, it physically absorbs excess water and stimulates bowel elimination. It is mainly used as a laxative, but as a true dietary fiber it can help reduce the symptoms of occasional constipation. It speeds stool through the digestive tract by softening it and attracting water thereby producing more bulk.
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