Ispaghol or Psyllium Husk is the common name used for several members of a plant whose seeds are used for the production of mucilage because it is a good source of fiber.
Ispaghol husk is mostly used as a dietary fiber to relieve symptoms of both constipation and mild diarrhea, and occasionally as a food thickener. Research has shown lowering of blood cholesterol levels, and lowering of blood glucose levels in people with type 2 diabetes.
The plant from which the seeds are extracted is mainly cultivated in Pakistan and India.
Ispaghol Husk is a natural and effective remedy for constipation. It is not absorbed by the small intestine and helps keep the intestinal tract moving along with regularity. It adds bulk to stool and relieves auto-intoxication.
Although its main use has been as a laxative, it is a true dietary fiber and can help reduce the symptoms of both constipation and mild diarrhea since it absorbs water.
Ispaghol husk is an effectively treats moderately high cholesterol by interfering with cholesterol absorption. In 1998 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a health claim for Ispaghol husk as a soluble fiber that reduces the risk of heart disease.
Ispaghol husk also offers benefit for people with diabetes. When taken before meals, it improves fasting blood glucose, but that the greater effect is seen in people diagnosed with and being treated for type 2 diabetes.
Ispaghol husk can be used in ice cream and frozen desserts as a thickener. Its physical properties, along with its status as a natural dietary fiber, may lead to its increased use by the food-processing industry.
Precautions of Psyllium Husk
Ispaghol husk Precautions
- Bowel obstructions
Ispaghol husk can cause bowel obstructions
- Stomach bloating
Gas or stomach bloating may also occur
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