What is psyllium and what is its scope?
So, under the mysterious name psyllium lies the powder from the psyllium husks. According to its structure, it is a vegetable fiber, cellulose. True, you won’t be able to make it yourself, because the plantain from our childhood is not suitable for these purposes. Its «relative» flea plantain is used as a raw material, and India is the main producer of psyllium.
What is psyllium good for? The spectrum of its action is quite wide and is determined by the properties of the product.
Benefits of psyllium:
75% consists of soluble fiber, which helps to normalize the intestinal microflora
improves carbohydrate metabolism
satisfies hunger and gives a feeling of satiety for a long time
prevents the development of diabetes
performs enterosorbing functions, removing all slags and toxins from the body
helps to avoid heartburn and hyperacidity
protects against the formation of atherosclerosis
lowers blood cholesterol levels
Agree that this is a pretty impressive list? You will be surprised, but that’s not all: psyllium is used in the food industry in the preparation of confectionery and bakery products. Why? Because unlike bran, psyllium is gluten-free and low-carb.
What can be the harm of psyllium?
First, personal intolerance. Secondly, in order to avoid problems with salivation, psyllium is not recommended to be consumed in its pure form, but more on that later.
How to take psyllium powder?
As we have already said, one of the main areas of application of psyllium powder is medical. Quite often, psyllium is recommended for people who are overweight for weight loss, heart problems, for intestinal constipation, and for those who must diet.
How to take psyllium powder? Here are our instructions for use:
Before you start taking psyllium, you should consult your doctor, especially if you are taking any other drugs, because psyllium reduces the absorption of drugs
introduce psyllium into your diet gradually, starting with 1/2 teaspoon mixed with water or juice (200 ml)
stir the mixture well so that it becomes homogeneous
when the mixture is ready, it should be drunk immediately, because after standing, it will turn from gel to solid and you risk choking
within 2 weeks, increase the dosage of psyllium to 2 tablespoons per 200 ml.
Now you know how to use and use psyllium to be effective and not harmful.