What are the benefits
of psyllium husks?
Promote regularity and easy elimination
Remove toxins for better health
· Improve digestion
· Help lower elevated cholesterol
levels for heart health
· Help balance blood sugar levels
· Reduce problems with diarrhea or
· Protect the health of the colon
Requirements for good health include proper digestion of nutrients and
proper elimination of toxins. If the body is allowed to accumulate
toxins, chemicals and excessive waste products, these toxins can back up
into the body and can cause headaches, loss of energy, fatigue or aches and
pains. Over the years, toxins can also contribute to serious illness.
Fiber as part of a good health regimen supports proper digestion and
elimination to help prevent and alleviate these problems.
Leading health experts
recommend that we eat 25 to 35 grams of fiber daily, but most people consume
only 10 to 15 grams a day. Psyllium seed husks are a concentrated
source of dietary fiber with many benefits. Psyllium husks help
promote normal regularity and easy elimination through their bulking action.
As a bowel normalizer, they also help reduce problems with loose bowels and
diarrhea. Psyllium husks trap and remove toxins from the body.
They speed transit time, so toxins and waste are not reabsorbed from the
colon into the bloodstream. Numerous medical studies show that
psyllium husks help to lower high cholesterol levels, and thus help protect
against the risk of heart disease. Recent research indicates that
psyllium husks help to balance blood sugar levels as well as lipid levels in
people with diabetes.
What are Psyllium
Psyllium is a member of the plant family
Plantaginaceae. It is not related to wheat and does not contain
gluten. Psyllium husks are from the outer coating of the psyllium
seed, like the bran layer of grains. There are several species of
psyllium, but the seed husks from Plantago ovata, also known as blonde
psyllium, are the best quality and have the highest fiber content.
This is the only kind that Yerba Prima uses.
How Do Psyllium
Psyllium husks are a concentrated source of
dietary fiber, composed mostly of hemicellulose. They are not digested
in the small intestine, but are partially broken down in the colon, where
they act as a food source for friendly flora. Mostly, they act as a
sponge in the intestinal tract, swelling as they absorb water, toxins and
waste material. This forms a soft, bulky mass that passes through the
colon more quickly and evacuates more smoothly and easily.
How Do I Take
For consistent results, it is best to take
Psyllium Husks daily. To promote regular elimination and remove
toxins, take them any time of the day that is most convenient for you, 1
- 3 servings a day. To help lower high cholesterol levels and
balance blood sugar levels, they are most effective taken with meals or
near mealtime, 10 grams per day. There are 10 grams in 2 servings per
day of Psyllium Husks Powder or Psyllium Whole Husks, or in 4 servings per
day of Psyllium Husks Caps. To support weight loss by giving a full
feeling in the stomach, take them 10 - 20 minutes before meals with 8-16
ounces of liquid. To take, stir the powder or whole psyllium husks
into a glass of water, juice, milk, soy drink or rice drink and consume
immediately. For easiest mixing, use a shaker jar. Make sure to
drink at least 8 ounces of liquid with each serving. When taking the
capsules, take 1 capsule at a time and also drink a full glass of liquid.
For variety, psyllium husks can be incorporated into soups, sauces or
smoothies. Remember that they will thicken whatever they are added to,
so adjust the liquid accordingly.
Can I Take Them
Along With Vitamins or Medicines?
Taking a normal serving size of psyllium husks
does not have a significant effect on the absorption of any nutrients.
Thus, psyllium husks can be taken either with meals or between meals, either
with other supplements or separate from them. Psyllium husks generally
do not interact with medicines. Consult with your doctor or pharmacist
if you are taking medication, as he or she may recommend taking the psyllium
husks one or two hours away from the medication.
How Much Fiber Do
As a concentrated source of dietary fiber, the
husks have only very small amounts of other nutrients such as carbohydrates,
protein, fat, vitamins and minerals. Carbohydrate, protein and fat
content are all less than 1 gram per serving. Calorie content is only
8 - 15 calories per serving. Their nutritional value lies in the
numerous benefits of dietary fiber. The dietary fiber content of
quality psyllium husks products is:
Psyllium Husks Powder: 4 –
4 ½ grams of fiber per 5 gram serving (1 rounded teaspoon)
Psyllium Whole Husks: 4 – 4 ½ grams of fiber per 5 gram serving (1
Psyllium Husks Caps: 2 – 2 ¼ grams of fiber per 4-capsule serving
Are Psyllium Husks
Psyllium husks are very safe, and are used by
millions of people each year throughout the world. Unlike stimulant
laxatives, psyllium husks are not habit forming. They can be used
every day as long as desired.
A very small number of
people are allergic to psyllium and cannot use it. For nearly
everyone, psyllium husks are safe to use anytime, including during pregnancy
or while breast-feeding.
Which Form of
Psyllium Husks Should I Take?
Psyllium Husks Powder provides maximum intestinal
bulking and waste removal activity. Some people prefer Psyllium Whole
Husks because they don’t gel as quickly in liquid. Psyllium Husks Caps
are convenient for traveling or taking at the office. Whichever form
you choose, you can enjoy the health benefits of this wonderful dietary
fiber every day.