Psyllium Husk Powder (Plantago Ovata), a Persian herb is found also in North-west India, Punjab & Sindh.
Psyllium is most commonly known as a laxative. However, research shows that taking Psyllium is beneficial to many parts of the human body, including the heart and the pancreas. The husk generally consist of 67-71% soluble fibre and approximately 85% total fibre by weight. Psyllium has the highest level of soluble dietary fibre of any grain source.
Psyllium is a bulk-forming laxative, this means it soaks up water in your gut and makes bowel movements much easier. The polysaccharides in psyllium that form into a gel in the intestine also lubricate stool contents and provide greater ease during defecation. It can be added to your diet to help promote regularity and overall digestive health.
Research has shown that taking soluble fibre can help people manage their cholesterol levels. Proper cholesterol regulation is important for everyone, but vital for people over the age of 50. One study shows that at least 6 weeks of daily Psyllium intake is an effective way for people who are obese or overweight to lower their cholesterol.
Psyllium has been shown to increase fecal excretion of bile acids and cholesterol, bind bile acids and cholesterol in the intestines, allow less circulation for re-absorption, and cause the liver to use more cholesterol to make bile acids, thus good for heart blood circulation.
The glucose-lowering effects of Psyllium may be mediated by slowing the access of glucose to the small intestine, delaying gastric emptying, or through carbohydrate digestion and absorption.
Helps as an anti-inflammation and to reduce fever
Maintains gut (intestinal) motility and eliminates toxic waste
Ispagol taken with curd helps to control diarrhea
Take 1-2 teaspoon with 1 glass ajwain water (boil 1 teaspoon ajwain in a glass of water for few minutes, filter it & use) at night time.