Psyllium comes from the husk of the Plantago ovata. The plant grows primarily in Pakistan and India. Psyllium Seed husks provide humans with a variety of health benefits when ingested, as stated by the National Library of Medicine (NLM).
The seed of the phylum plant has a husk covered in mucilage. Mucilage swells and bulks when soaked in water; this is what allows phylum to work effective laxative. This help stimulating intestines to move regularly. It is also an effective treatment for diarrhea because it absorbs the excess water and provides a soft, bulky stool.
Psyllium Seed husk has many other names. It sometimes named as say flea seed, ispaghula husk or seed, psyllion, the scientific name Plantago. The Psylluimn seed is often used in crushed form as a poultice to reduce swelling. It can also be used for dietary purposes. Fiber content of seed is lesser than the husk. Psyllium seeds are very small seeds; it weighs 1,000 less than 2 metric grams. The seeds are covered with
A fibrous husk that surrounds the seed until it is removed by thrashing and winnowing.
Many health experts recommend this as alternative medicine and also identified a number of secondary uses for Psyllium Seed husks that may help prevent certain types of disease.
There were studies that showed that psyllium seed husks have been proven in numerous studies to be effective in lowering cholesterol, relieving common gastrointestinal complaints such as diarrhea and constipation and promoting the healing of anal fissures. Pyllium seed husks absorb excess water in the small intestine and swell considerably in size that acts as natural cleanser.
Psyllium seed husks are usually taken in ground or powdered form. It is important to take each teaspoon of psyllium with a full 8 oz. of water to avoid obstruction of the digestive tract. Adults can safely take between 10 to 15 g up to three times daily.
Here is the instruction in the use and preparation of this supplement. First, place 2 or 3 tsp. of phylum seed husk, or the powdered seed husk, in an 8-oz. glass of water. Second, stir the water and phylum seed thoroughly to blend--you can also use a blender on low speed to do this. Third, sweeten the phylum drink to taste with honey, Stevie or molasses if necessary. Fourth, drink the water and psyllium immediately. If you delay, the psyllium will turn gelatinous and then set, becoming very unpalatable. Final step, follow the psyllium with another 8-oz. glass of water. Make sure to continue drinking large amounts of water throughout the day to help move the psyllium through your system.
Blood sugar levels may be affected when taking psyllium. This supplement may not be appropriate for diabetics. Mild bloating and cramping may occur when beginning a psyllium routine, but, usually, these symptoms disappear even without treatment. These are among the side effects of the said herb.
Remember to seek for physician’s advice or visit your health partner when you have trouble breathing or experience swelling in your face when taking Psyllium Seed husks. These are symptoms of a possible allergic reaction.