The Hidden Benefits of Psyllium Husks

November 12, 2012

A native of India, where it is also known as ‘isabgol’ the psyllium husk has historically been used as a treatment for many health conditions over the years. Mainly fibrous and a derivative of the plantago ovata plant, this supplement can provide 71g of fiber in one third of a cup. The secret is that it dissolves in liquid yet the body cannot digest it. This means that it helps with bowel function and other gastrointestinal conditions.

The Hidden Benefits of Psyllium Husks
Some research has indicated that it may be useful if diabetics and those with high levels of cholesterol took psyllium husk regularly. It is also effective in promoting weight loss and can be used to cure obesity, according to its supporters. However there are accepted side effects when using this herbal remedy. Allergic reactions have been seen in those who have taken it, and spots, rashes and hives have all been seen.

Psyllium Husk Positive Effects

Because psyllium husks have exceptionally high fiber content, both soluble and insoluble, it has a positive affect on the body. It ensures that the bowels remain healthy because it acts as a laxative without producing a lazy bowel effect so common after taking other laxatives.

It also helps the stomach grow healthy bacteria which in turn aids the body’s ability to absorb nutrients from the food we eat. Although it can have a laxative effect it can also help those with diarrhea because it bulks up the stomach and absorbs water.

It is also said to be a cure for irritable bowel syndrome, however this statement has been challenged. It is also said to reduce cholesterol and it is believed that by taking psyllium husk for more than two months will reduce the amount of LDL (bad cholesterol) in the body.

Because the powder becomes bulky in water it is best taken 30 minutes before a meal to reduce your appetite and help any weight loss regime.

Other conditions said to receive benefits from regular taking of this supplement are hormonal imbalances, which can be stabilized, anal fissures can be cured and it is said to prevent colon cancer.

Negative Side Effects

Psyllium husk is also known to have some negative aspects when used by some people. It seems that those prone to plant allergies may experience allergic reactions when taking this supplement. These reactions can take the form of rash, wheezing, vomiting and sickness and breathing difficulties may be seen in severe cases.

People with serious bowel conditions, or those who have recently had stomach surgery or pregnant women and children should not take psyllium husk because of the possibility and severity of possible side effects.

It should always be taken with lots of water to ensure that it cannot expand in the throat which can cause choking and never take it if you are taking other laxatives because it can cause further laxative affects. It is also known to reduce the affect of some prescribed drugs whilst enhancing the strength of others. Avoid taking the supplement at the same time as prescribed medication to avoid problems.

Although psyllium husk is said to be a very effective herbal remedy users should err on the side of caution when taking it because of the number and severity of negative side effects.

If you have any queries or doubts then it is best to consult with your doctor before deciding to take this supplement.

 

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