Herb of the Week 10/9/2011 – Psyllium
What exactly is Psyllium? Psyllium is the seed portion of the plant, which is used for its fiber content. Psyllium husk is the dried outer shell of the seed. It acts as a gentle cleanser and a non-stimulating laxative, which means no cramping. Psyllium is commonly used to relieve occasional* constipation and to help sweep away the toxins in the colon. It is a naturally abundant source of soluble fiber which makes Psyllium an ideal supplement to include in your diet.
Consuming adequate amounts of fiber, such as Psyllium is shown to significantly improve bowel function, digestive health and to support healthy cholesterol levels and blood sugar levels. Indian researchers report that diabetics who take 5 grams (approximately 2 tablespoons) of psyllium husk powder 30 minutes before breakfast and dinner for 4 weeks experienced a lower fasting blood sugars level, a lower glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1C), and a higher HDL (“good”) cholesterol level.
Common Uses: Colon cleaner; detoxifier; fiber source; occasional constipation; promotes regularity; gastrointestinal health; soothes intestines; stool softener; helps maintain cholesterol levels; maintains blood sugar balance.
Note: Psyllium seeds are often used specifically for bulking and absorption of toxins. Psyllium husks are commonly used to “sweep” the toxins from the colon.
Take this product with at least 8 oz of liquid. Taking without enough liquid may cause choking or gagging. Do not take if you have difficulty swallowing.
* If you are have difficulties with chronic constipation, consider adding herbs to stimulate elimination such as Cascara Sagrada or Senna. Psyllium alone may hamper success in relieving severe constipation.
Other Common Names: Flea Seed, Ispaghula, Isapgol, Plantago ovata, Plantago Seed
Charlotte Test, ND, MH
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