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Psyllium is a seed extracted from the bark of a shrub called Plantago Ovata. With a high concentration of soluble fiber and mucilage, psyllium offers an infinity of health benefits.
According to studies, it has proven to be efficient in the treatment of some diseases, such as: irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity, colon cancer, colitis, and atherosclerosis.
It can also reduce the risk of cardiac diseases and many other health conditions.
For being rich in fiber (of every 3.5 oz., 2.8 of it are soluble fiber), it absorbs a lot of water.
It forms a gelatinous mass that cleans the intestinal walls, carries toxins and residues through the colon, and has a great laxative effect, without causing diarrhea or abdominal pains.
It is good for the intestines, improves intestinal transit, and alleviates constipation and diarrhea. Amazing, isn’t it?
We can also cite 4 other benefits of psyllium…
To get all these benefits, it’s recommended to ingest 9 grams of psyllium a day, at any time of the day, with or without a meal.
The overconsumption of psyllium may cause gas and bloating in some people.
And even though it is rare, there are some allergic reactions to the fiber.
Besides that, it is very important to not forget to stay well hydrated.
Pregnant women and children must only use psyllium under professional orientation. The same is valid for debilitated people, or those with bad health.
If you have any doubts, talk to a doctor before making use of this powerful fiber.
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