Medicinal psyllium husks with a spoon
Medicinal psyllium husks with a spoon

Psyllium Fiber

Psyllium husk is the best source of fiber for those who want to increase fiber in their diet. The present article deals with psyllium fiber benefits and side effects. Read on to know how fiber from psyllium promotes weight loss….

Psyllium husk or ispaghula or isabgol is nothing but the outer covering of seeds of the plant Plantago Psyllium, found in the Middle East, Asia, Europe and North Africa. Psyllium is cultivated mainly for its mucilage content, which is highest in P. ovata. It was initially used as a herb to relieve constipation but it is now considered as the best fiber supplement. Psyllium husk powder, wafers or capsules are prescribed by dietitians and doctors. These fiber supplements are easily available in markets and are regarded as excellent sources of dietary fiber.

Psyllium fiber is an essential ingredient of high fiber breakfast cereals. It helps reduce the symptoms of both constipation and mild diarrhea. Just to bring to your notice the surprising amount of fiber in psyllium, here is an example: Oat bran, which is usually considered as rich in fiber, has about 5 grams of fiber per 1/3 rd cup, while the same quantity of psyllium husk contains around 71 grams of fiber. This is the reason why psyllium supplements are recommended for fiber.