4 Incredible Reasons to Include Psyllium Husk Into Your Diet (Isabgol)

4 Incredible Reasons to Include Psyllium Husk Into Your Diet (Isabgol)

October 9, 2019 7 By Ewald Bahringer


Have you ever heard about psyllium? Psyllium is a seed extracted from the bark
of a shrub called Plantago Ovata. With a high concentration of soluble fiber
and mucilage, psyllium offers an infinity of health benefits. According to studies, it has proven to be
efficient in the treatment of some diseases, such as: irritable bowel syndrome, constipation,
diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity, colon cancer, colitis, and atherosclerosis. It can also reduce the risk of cardiac diseases
and many other health conditions. For being rich in fiber (of every 3.5 oz.,
2.8 of it are soluble fiber), it absorbs a lot of water. It forms a gelatinous mass that cleans the
intestinal walls, carries toxins and residues through the colon, and has a great laxative
effect, without causing diarrhea or abdominal pains. It is good for the intestines, improves intestinal
transit, and alleviates constipation and diarrhea. Amazing, isn’t it? We can also cite 4 other benefits of psyllium: It helps with weight loss
Psyllium is a great help in the weight loss process since it reduces the appetite, improves
digestion, and cleanses the body. It should be ingested 30 minutes before your
meals, together with a cup of water. It will expand in your stomach, causing you
to eat less during your meals, but still feel satiated for a long time, making it easier
to keep on your diet. It controls glycemia
The fiber found in psyllium helps slow down the absorption of carbohydrates, allowing
better control of blood sugar levels. It avoids an insulin peak, which spares the
pancreas from working under pressure, and reduces the chances of developing type 2 diabetes. It reduces the cholesterol levels According
to studies, the consumption of psyllium can help with cholesterol levels. A study published in 2005 in University of
California’s magazine, Noteworthy Nutrition says that a healthy diet, combined with psyllium
consumption, can help reduce the risks of cardiac diseases since the fibers improve
the lipidic levels, reducing the bad cholesterol, LDL. It is good for your heart
Including psyllium in your diet can reduce triglycerides levels, blood pressure, and
the risk of cardiac diseases. To get all these benefits, it’s recommended
to ingest 9 grams of psyllium a day, at any time of the day, with or without a meal. The overconsumption of psyllium may cause
gas and bloating in some people. And even though it is rare, there are some
allergic reactions to the fiber: Skin rashes, itching, or difficulty breathing. Besides that, it is very important to not
forget to stay well hydrated. As we said, this seed absorbs a lot of water. Always take psyllium with a glass of water,
and try to drink at least 67 oz. of water during your day. Pregnant women and children must only use
psyllium under professional orientation. The same is valid for debilitated people,
or those with bad health. If you have any doubts, talk to a doctor before
making use of this powerful fiber.