Traditionally, psyllium is renowned as a laxative. It absorbs water and swells as it moves through the digestive tract. Psyllium has been used for centuries for the treatment of constipation, ulcers, colitis and as an aid in bowel management for patients with hemorrhoids. It has also been found that Psyllium can help decrease the bad cholesterol in the blood, while raising the “good kind” of cholesterol required by our bodies. This soluble fibre has many health benefits, including:
- Lowering LDL, or “bad” cholesterol; therefore reducing the risk of heart disease
- Helping control diabetes (it reduces the post-meal rise in blood sugar)
- Aiding in controlling appetite and weight (it makes you feel full longer)
Since psyllium is a concentrated source of soluble fibre (with eight times more soluble fibre than oat bran), it’s easy to eat enough of it during the day to enjoy its potential health benefits.