Through its actions, psyllium can be used to reduce cholesterol absorption, lessen the frequency of hemorrhoids and hiatal hernias, reduce constipation and reduce intestinal disease.
Primary action: The primary component of psyllium seed (Plantago Psyllium) is mucilage, which is a source of both soluble and insoluble fibre.
The major mucilage is found in both the outer husks and the inner seed. Mucilage is made up of indigestible fibre that absorbs water and swells several times its original size. If taken with lots of water, it acts like a bulk laxative absorbing water, stretches the large intestine and decreases the length of time that stool stays in the intestine. In cases of diarrhea, psyllium mucilage absorbs the excess liquid, slows down the movement and delays the emptying of the contents from the gastrointestinal tract.
The mucilage in psyllium also:
Absorbs toxins from external sources (e.g. carcinogens)
Absorbs toxins from internal sources (produced by intestinal bacteria and parasites)
Psyllium Seed (Outer Husk and Seed Contents) 500mg
Suggested dose for adults: 3-6 capsules per day with juice or water or as directed by your health care practitioner.
Recommendation: Plenty of water should be consumed because if it is not provided, it will be drawn out of the body. If a person is already constipated, taking psyllium without plenty of water could worsen the condition.
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