Odourless and nearly tasteless, psyllium comes from the small, reddish brown to black seeds of the Plantago psyllium plant (plantain). These tiny seeds are so rich in fibre that they’ve been prescribed for constipation and a wide range of other digestive ailments for more than 500 years. It should not be confused with the edible banana-like fruit of the same name (Musa paradisiacal) or with the herb plantain (Plantago lanceolata) sometimes used for coughs. Plantago grows as a weed in numerous places around the world and is commercially cultivated in Spain, France, India, Pakistan and other countries. Various species of the plant are used in herbal medicine, most commonly the seeds of Plantago psyllum and P. ovata. These seeds, so tiny they are sometimes called ‘flea’ seeds, are generally dried, ground and sold in powder form. Psyllium is sometimes added to breakfast cereals.
Suggested uses that it may assist with:
How it works and what it benefits:
Usual dosage is 1 – 3 tablespoons (or up to 10g) 2 or 3 times a day. One capsule provides about 500mg of psyllium. Psyllium does not have a great taste – hence the capsules. Relief of constipation can take 12 to 24 hours, although it can take as long as three days. Because psyllium absorbs water, always consume it with large amounts of fluid.
Note: Psyllium can cause temporary bloating and increased flatulence due to its high fibre content this normally eases by slowly increasing psyllium intake over several days.
|Product||Caps||Each cap contains||Dosage|
|Psyllium Husks||90/500||Plantago psyllium||500mg|