Psyllium Seed is the seed of the herb Plantago ovaga that grows mainly in India, Pakistan, and Iran. It is widely used throughout the world for the production of mucilage, a sticky substance secreted by plants. It has been widely used for its medicinal properties.
The seeds have a dull color and have great mucilage content. As a result, it can work as a colon cleanser.
The plant is sometimes called blond psyllium husks, ispaghula or Indian flea seed because of its tiny structure. It is cultivated and adapted for medicinal use throughout Europe and Asia.
Health Benefits of Psyllium Seed
Psyllium seed is known primarily as an all-natural and health laxative because of its soluble fiber content, which is why it is widely used to promote regular bowel movement. The mucilage content also helps provide relief for gastrointestinal inflammatory processes.
While Psyllium seeds’ benefits are primarily for the digestive system, it also has beneficial for the entire body. The following are just some of the uses of Psyllium seed:
- Acts as lubricant
- Absorbs toxins
- Treats constipation
- Treats sore throat and sores in the mouth
- Relieves diarrhea
- Treats kidney problems
- Cures urethritis and haemorrhoids
- Treats irritable bowel syndrome
- Treats intestinal as well as abdominal disorders
- Acts as laxative
- Reduces LDL cholesterol level
- Cleanses the intestine
- Improves bowel movement
- Treats Chron’s disease
- Treats colon disease
- Prevents and treats obesity
- Prevents hypertension and other heart diseases
- All-natural diuretic
- Eases coughing
- Soothes inflamed tissues
- Treats blood disorders
Psyllium seed is generally used as a laxative and to treat colon-related diseases. Psyllium seed acts like a broom for the colon, where it cleanses it and removes the toxins and some accumulated mucus. It can even absorb excess water, improving bowel movement in case of diarrhea. It also reduces constipation and protects the intestinal walls from irritation. It can also be useful in treating diverticulosis.
It strengthens the cardiovascular system, therefore and reducing the risk of heart diseases. It lowers the cholesterol levels of the body by reducing LDL (bad cholesterol) levels. It also helps prevent damage in the blood vessels, this reducing the likelihood of stroke.
It can also be useful for obese people who are trying to lose some weight. The covering of the seed absorbs liquid in the body, which results to a feeling of fullness. It also has fiber content, which means that it has appetite suppression properties, enabling better food intake control and management. As a side effect, it normalizes the blood sugar level, which is why it is also recommended for treating type 2 blood disorders. More studies are needed in order to better understand its benefits for weight loss.