Psyllium is a form of fibre made from the husks of the Plantago ovata plant’s seeds. Psyllium is a bulk-forming laxative. This means it soaks up water in your gut and makes bowel movements much easier and can help promote regularity without increasing flatulence. It can be used as a one-off to ease constipation, or it can be added to your diet to help promote regularity and overall digestive health.
Psyllium is also a prebiotic — a substance needed for healthy colonies of good bacteria in the digestive system. Research also shows that taking psyllium is also beneficial to the heart the pancreas and can help people manage their cholesterol levels.