What is Psyllium Husk Powder?
Psyllium, also known as ispaghula, comes from the husks of the Plantago ovata plant’s seeds.
Psyllium husk powder is a soluble dietary fiber supplement that helps relieve constipation and diarrhea.
Psyllium also helps improve and maintain the transit of food through the GI tract. Additionally, psyllium
husk powder may help balance cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
Potential Psyllium Husk Benefits
Psyllium Fiber Supplement
Psyllium husk acts as a bulk-forming laxative. It binds to food moving through the small intestines and draws
in liquid to create a bulky, softer, and looser stool that is easier to pass. Individuals can take psyllium
husk supplements to relieve occasional constipation or as a regular additive to their diet to promote bowel
regularity. One study noted psyllium husk is a superior laxative compared to wheat bran. Another study
reported that psyllium husk promoted easier-to-pass stools and improved bowel frequency even in chronically
Psyllium husk powder can also relieve diarrhea. It increases stool thickness, which slows down its
progression through the large intestines. One study examined psyllium’s effects on individuals with lactose
intolerance. It dramatically improved how long it took their stomachs to empty, effectively reducing their
overall number of bowel movements. Other research confirms that psyllium husk is an effective means to
reduce and inhibit diarrhea.
Psyllium husk powder supports overall digestive health as well. It is a prebiotic agent that nourishes good
gut bacteria and contributes to a healthy gut microbiome. It’s also resistant to fermentation, meaning it is
less likely to cause the gas or stomach pains typical of other soluble fibers. However, gut bacteria can
sometimes slowly ferment psyllium to produce short-chain fatty acids that benefit digestive health.
Psyllium Husk + Weight Loss
Psyllium husk has significant potential as a weight loss aid. Eating more soluble fiber like psyllium husk
reduces the likelihood of overeating. It helps individuals feel full faster by slowing how quickly their
stomachs empty. One six-month study noted that psyllium supplements helped overweight individuals
significantly improve their body mass index (BMI). Animal research shows that taking psyllium husk with
l-ascorbic acid (vitamin C) improves its anti-obesity properties.
Psyllium Husk + Heart Health
Psyllium husk fiber promotes heart health in several ways. Soluble fiber helps lower cholesterol by
preventing the intestines from absorbing bile acid. The liver uses cholesterol to produce bile acid, and
preventing its absorption allows the body to excrete the cholesterol through stools. Soluble fibers
typically produce a 5% reduction in LDL (bad) cholesterol when individuals consume 5-10g of it per day. One
study noted psyllium husk slightly outperforms the average by producing a 6% reduction. In addition to
lowering blood lipids that clog the arteries, psyllium husk also improves heart muscle strength and blood
pressure. Psyllium husk has significant potential for individuals with blood sugar irregularities. Numerous
studies show that psyllium husk helps improve insulin sensitivity and manage blood glucose while fasting and
Potential Psyllium Husk Side Effect
Most individuals can take psyllium husk powder without experiencing side effects. Some individuals may have
digestive side effects such as nausea, bloating, and gas. Taking psyllium husk with plenty of fluids may
reduce these. Individuals with intestinal blockages, difficulty swallowing, or psyllium husk allergies
should not take this supplement.
Psyllium Husk Purity and Concentration
PureBulk's Psyllium Husk contains no fillers, additives, or anti-caking agents. Store psyllium husk powder in
a cool, dry place away from strong light and heat. Do not freeze.
Psyllium Husk Solubility
Psyllium Husk is 80% soluble and 20% insoluble. One tablespoon of this psyllium husk powder yields 6.7g of
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