Psyllium Husk

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. 

Peer Reviewed Research

  1. Fujimori S, et al. (2007). High dose probiotic and prebiotic cotherapy for remission induction of active Crohn’s disease. DOI:
    10.1111/j.1440-1746.2006.04535.x
  2. 2. Gillespie BF, et al. (1992). Adverse effects of psyllium.
    ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1488199/
  3. Pereira MA, et al. (2004). Dietary fiber and risk of coronary heart disease. DOI:
    10.1001/archinte.164.4.370
  4. Psyllium. (2015).
    medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a601104.html
  5. Rodríguez-Morána M, et al. (1998). Lipid- and glucose-lowering efficacy of plantago psyllium in type II diabetes. DOI:
    10.1016/S1056-8727(98)00003-8
  6. Sebely P, et al. (2010). The effect of a fibre supplement compared to a healthy diet on body composition, lipids, glucose, insulin and other metabolic syndrome risk factors in overweight and obese individuals. DOI:
    10.1017/S0007114510003132
  7. Sierra M, et al. (2002). Therapeutic effects of psyllium in type 2 diabetic patients. DOI:
    10.1038/sj.ejcn.1601398
  8. Singh B. (2007). Psyllium as therapeutic and drug delivery agent. DOI:
    10.1016/j.ijpharm.2007.01.028
  9. Ziai SA, et al. (2005). Psyllium decreased serum glucose and glycosylated hemoglobin significantly in diabetic outpatients. DOI:
    10.1016/j.jep.2005.06.042

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