Psyllium Industrial Application
- Psyllium is use to prevent landscaping, soil erosion. In pharmaceutical industry, psyllium is used as thickening agent during capsule formulation.
- Psyllium can be used in food and beverages industry, in health drinks, beverages, ice cream, bread, biscuits, other bakery products, rice, cakes, jams, instant noodles, breakfast cereals etc., to improve the fiber content of the food and to increase the bulk of the food.
- In food and beverage industry psyllium is use to Improves softness and body texture, to provide strength as binder and stabilizer.
- Psyllium is used in breakfast cereals.
- Psyllum is being used as a thickener in ice cream and frozen deserts.
- Psyllium Husk may also be added to fresh fruit drinks or flavored drinks to improve the mouth-feel of the drink and make it richer and impart good consistency to it.
- Psyllium is used for prevention of crumbling of solid ingredients due to moisture retention.
- Psyllium is used in the Pharmaceutical as well as cosmetic industries. The literature confirms that seed husks of Plantago ovata have found application in the cosmetics industry. It is also used for sizing purpose and as a base in cosmetics.
- Psyllium is used for animal feed.
- Psyllium seed husk contains 80 percent water-soluble fiber, it has the ability to capture and move sand through a horse’s digestive system.
- Psyllium is also used as horse feed, even foals feed without any harmful side effects.
- Psyllium is used as a preventive for sand accumulation in animals mainly in sandy region.
- To prevent choking when feeding Psyllium, a horse should have unlimited access to water, and horses that bolt their grain should be slowed down with large rocks in their feeders.
Psyllium has been used in connection with the following conditions
- Diverticular disease
- High cholesterol
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Type 2 diabetes
- High triglycerides
- Ulcerative colitis (to maintain remission)
- Parkinson’s disease (for constipation)
- Weight loss and obesity
HEART DISEASE – LOWERING BLOOD CHOLESTEROL
Soluble fibre (Psyllium) acts as a hypocholesterolemic agent. Soluble fibre (Psyllium) helps block the synthesis of cholesterol through its fermentation into Short Chain Fatty Acids (SCFA) by the intestinal flora (friendly bacteria in the colon). When soluble fibre reaches the colon, it starts a fermentation process with the gut flora producing SCFA.
Several studies of Fibre Therapeutic Diet are done at New Orleans, at the University Of Kentucky College Of Medicine in Lexington and at Chicago Center of Clinical Research. These studies showed that when soluble fibre (Psyllium) is consumed either with high or low fat diet, it helps decrease total as well as LDL cholesterol.
DIABETES – BLOOD GLUCOSE CONTROL
Psyllium helps control the rise of blood glucose following a meal. It also helps reduce insulin requirement in-patients with diabetes mellitus.
Psyllium treats / prevents constipation or diarrhea. Soluble fibre in Psyllium adds bulk to faecal mass. It increases activity in bowel movement and increases intestinal transit time. It helps keep regularity. Psyllium acts as a detoxifying agent. Through its ability to absorb large amounts of water, it binds with heavy metals and chemical toxins. Psyllium is useful during radiation therapy due to its ability to rid the body of radiation induced toxemia.