Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Psyllium Husk Benefits

Psyllium is the husk of the seed of the Plantain and is a top herb used in weight control and for general intestinal health.

Psyllium can provide the fiber that is missing on low carbohydrate diets. Every 100 grams of psyllium provides 71 grams of soluble fiber; a similar amount of oat bran would contain only 5 grams of soluble fiber.

Psyllium husk has been used for centuries in remedies and has been shown to be important for many reasons. It contains carbohydrates, is rich in soluble fiber and has anti-inflammatory properties. It has mainly been used to treat disorders of the digestive system and ailments of the heart.

Following is a list of key benefits of psyllium husk:
  • Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it can be used not only as a laxative, but also to relieve the discomforts of diarrhea and ease the pain of hemorrhoids.
  • Most commonly used as a cleanser of the colon, it can also be useful in treating stomach and intestinal ulcers. It can also be used to treat inflammatory bowel syndrome.
  • It has been used to help maintain healthy cholesterol levels by absorbing cholesterol, as well as an aid in weight loss.
  • It is helpful in treating yeast infections throughout the body and also helps to maintain blood pressure levels.
  • Psyllium husk has been proven to benefit those who suffer from diabetes. In Type 2 diabetes, it can help improve the control of lipids
  • High sugar levels in blood - Proven to lower blood sugar levels in patients diagnosed with diabetes
  • Obesity and Weight Loss - improves lipid and sugar levels in the blood effectively reducing body weight
  • Colon Cancer Prevention - some studies have shown possibilities of reduced risk for colon cancer
  • Constipation - psyllium husk allows for increased absorption of water during digestion resulting to softened stools and reduced pain associated with hemorrhoids

It must be mentioned that rarely, people with asthma have been known to show psyllium side effects. They become hypersensitive to the psyllium dust when preparing it regularly, eg. nurses who dispense it out of large containers.It may trigger an asthma attack when appropriate masks are not worn.

Also, it is very important that when you take psyllium husk, you drink extra water to ensure that the psyllium can move through the colon with ease. It is also best that you begin with a low dose and slowly build up to the recommended dose.

The fibre in the psyllium husk provides food for good bacteria which helps to increase the levels of good bacteria in the bowel. This is very important for your health because this ensures good absorption of nutrients to be used by your body.

Psyllium doesn't have any known side effects if consumed moderately with plenty of water. However, some people may be allergic to psyllium, so if you notice any rash, hives, itchiness or swollen skin, stop the use of Psyllium husk and consult your physician.

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