A Soluble Fiber and Bulking Agent Containing a Large Amount of Mucilage!Psyllium is native to Iran and India and is currently cultivated
in these countries. The seeds are used. The seed husks are also sometimes used, but only to treat constipation; they are too irritating for other uses. In addition to its traditional and current use for constipation,
psyllium was also used topically to treat skin irritations, including poison ivy reactions and insect bites and stings. It has also been used in traditional herbal systems of China and India to treat diarrhea, hemorrhoids, bladder problems, and high blood pressure. Active constituents: Psyllium is a bulk-forming laxative and is
high in both fiber and mucilage. Psyllium seeds contain 10-30% mucilage. The laxative properties of psyllium are due to the swelling of the husk when it comes in contact with water. This forms a gelatinous mass and keeps the feces hydrated and soft. The resulting bulk stimulates a reflex contraction of the walls of the bowel, followed by emptying.One observational study found that psyllium seeds successfully
treated constipation due only to poor lifestyle (low fiber, low exercise, etc.), not when an actual disease was the cause. Numerous double blind studies confirm psyllium can lower total cholesterol levels, though high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (a beneficial form of cholesterol) levels are not affected. It is effective in children as well as adults.Are there any side effects or interactions?
Using psyllium in recommended amounts is generally safe. People with chronic constipation should seek the advice of a healthcare professional. Some people with irritable bowel syndrome feel worse when taking psyllium and may do better with soluble fiber, such as in fruit. Individuals with an obstruction of the bowel or diabetics who have difficulty regulating their disease should not use psyllium. Side effects, such as allergic skin and respiratory reactions to psyllium dust, have largely been limited to people working in plants manufacturing psyllium products.
FDA: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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