Psyllium or ispaghula
Country of Origin: Poland
"Psyllium" is the name that has prevailed for the plants of the genus Plantago. The seeds of these plants are mainly used to relieve the symptoms of constipation and diarrhea. Psyllium is mainly consumed as a pure laxative. Psyllium is valuable in trying to lower cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar levels and body weight thanks to its high concentration in fiber.
Like all fiber, psyllium has spectacular effects on heart health as it reduces cholesterol. Fiber reduces the amount of low-density lipoprotein, LDL cholesterol, absorbed by the body from food, and prevents it from remaining in the arteries and vessels. This reduces the chance of arteriosclerosis and prevents heart disease. In addition, when consumed regularly, it lowers blood pressure and relaxes the heart vessels and arteries.
The main use of psyllium is to improve the functioning of the digestive system. Psyllium absorbs the water in the intestine in a quantity ten times of its size and, in case of diarrhea, it helps in the re-formation of the stools and in the normalization of bowel movements. Psyllium is also beneficial in cases of constipation as it reduces pain and promotes peristaltic bowel movement. This way it reduces inflammation and helps prevent gastric ulcer and hemorrhoids.
Research has shown that psyllium acts on blood sugar levels in both diabetic and non-diabetic individuals. Psyllium regulates the release of insulin in the blood and keeps the sugar levels steady, preventing dangerous ups and downs. It is particularly beneficial when consumed regularly by people suffering from type 2 diabetes.
Finally, psyllium thanks to the fiber it contains contributes to weight loss as it gives a feeling of satiety and fullness when consumed. This helps to avoid snacking between main meals and keeping the plan of a balanced diet properly.
CAUTION! Psyllium should be avoided during pregnancy
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