Also known as
Plantago ovata, Psyllium ovata, Plantago psyllium, blonde psyllium, and isphagula.
Psyllium is a low-growing herb native to India, Iran, and Pakistan, in the same family as the common Plantain.
Fiber, The seed has less fiber than the husk but more plant nutrients.
The whole husk from de-husked seeds.
As a tea. The ground or whole husk must always be taken with at least 1 full glass of water. May also be taken as an extract or capsule form though rare. Because of its rather neutral flavor it may be added to most food dishes.
Never take both psyllium and a stimulant laxative (senna, rhubarb, buckthorn, cascara sagrada, frangula, or an over-the-counter stimulant laxative such as Ex-Lax). The fibers in psyllium interfere with the absorption of nutrients (especially vitamin B12) and most medications, so take psyllium at least 2 hours before or after eating or taking supplements or medications and it is recommended that you consult a physician first. For occasional use only as it is a bulk forming laxative and it should be taken with adequate fluids.
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