Psyllium (ispaghula) is a form of fibre made from the husks of the Plantago seeds. As a natural bulk forming laxative, psyllium increases the size of your stools, promoting fullness and helping to relieve the symptoms of Constipation.
Most psyllium Supplements are presented in the form of whole psyllium husk or as powder, and work by absorbing liquids in to the intestines. This liquid then swells, forming a bulky stool that the Body finds easier to pass.
Other than its aforementioned use (above) to treat constipation, psyllium may also improve blood sugar levels and lower Cholesterol.
In a manner of speaking, yes! Psyllium is often referred to as the colon's 'internal scrubbing brush' for its ability to gently scrub away build ups of waste.
Psyllium should help to produce a bowel movement within a period of 12 - 72 hours.
At the time of writing there was no substantial evidence to suggest that taking a soluble fibre rich supplement, like psyllium, would be harmful, however it's important to remember that it is still a laxative, and most laxatives should not be used for more than 7 days in a row without a doctor's advice - excessive use may cause cramps & abdominal pain for some individuals.
Yes! If you use a psyllium powder product, such as Just Natural Organic Psyllium Husk Powder 200g, then you could sprinkle psyllium onto your foods.