Psyllium

Written by Beth Hrusch
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Psyllium seeds have long been used to relieve constipation and stomach upset. As far back as the Middle Ages, physicians have been prescribing the seed and husk of this plant for these purposes, but recent studies have found that it also has other benefits for the body. What the ancients did not know was that this natural laxative also helps transport fats out of the body, lowers cholesterol, and assists in weight loss by making the stomach feel full.

The Health Benefits of Psyllium

When it comes to weight loss, one of the key factors in achieving success is ensuring that the diet contains enough fiber, specifically soluble fiber. Soluble fiber serves an important purpose for the body. It acts as a sponge, soaking up fats and clearing out waste so that the body can efficiently get rid of it. When the body is getting enough fiber, bowel movements are regular and there is less likelihood of intestinal blockage.

Soluble fiber also expands in the stomach and intestines, giving a person the sensation of being full. When taken as part of a healthy diet, psyllium helps regulate the digestive system, slowing down the digestion of food. This, in turn, suppresses the feeling of hunger that drives people to eat more than they need to. Those with diabetes and high cholesterol can also benefit from increasing their fiber intake. Soluble fiber slows down the absorption of carbohydrates and sugar, and it blocks some cholesterol absorption.

Psyllium is available in capsule form and in bulk. It is necessary to take a lot of water with each dosage, as the fiber in this plant expands in the body by absorbing liquid. The multiple benefits of this plant, its seeds and husk, make it a part of a healthy diet for anyone who wants to lose weight, lower cholesterol and blood sugar, or just improve their general well being.


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