Psyllium is a soluble fibre derived from the seeds of Plantago ovata, which is an herb grown mainly in India and is often used as a food supplement in the form of granules, capsules or powder. However, it can also be an “ingredient” in bakery products.
Because psyllium has excellent water solubility, it can help absorb liquid and become a viscous compound that can resist digestion in the small intestine, helping to regulate excess cholesterol, triglycerides and sugars. In the blood. Psyllium may also help reduce weight, reduce diarrhoea and constipation.
Benefits of Psyllium
Psyllium can be used as a laxative because it increases the size of the stool and therefore helps to relieve constipation. In fact, plantain can be combined with partially digested foods, which enter the small intestine from the stomach, help absorb water, thus increasing the size and moisture of the stool.
Lower blood sugar levels.
Dietary fibre supplements can help control blood sugar response to meals and, in some cases, can lower blood sugar and insulin levels.
Gelled psyllium fibre may slow the digestion of food and better regulate blood sugar levels.
Helps you lose weight.
Fibres such as psyllium form viscous compounds that can help control appetite and therefore aid weight loss.
Lower cholesterol levels.
Psyllium can combine with fatty acids and bile acids to promote their excretion from the body and ultimately reduce overall cholesterol levels, while increasing levels of HDL cholesterol (the so-called “good cholesterol”).
Good for the heart.
Adding water-soluble fibre such as psyllium to your diet can reduce blood triglycerides, blood pressure and the risk of heart disease.
Prebiotics are undigested compounds that nourish intestinal bacteria and support their growth. Plantain has a prebiotic effect, because although plantain has some resistance to fermentation, a small amount of plantain fibre can be fermented by intestinal bacteria to produce short-chain fatty acids, which is linked to health benefits.