What is Psyllium Husk and what are the benefits?
We all know the importance of fiber. Not only it helps with relieving constipation, but it also helps to improve digestive health, weight management, normalize blood sugar and cholesterol maintenance. We can obtain fiber by consuming whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.
But, what if we don’t get enough fiber from our daily diet? You can still prevent facing health concerns from fiber deficiency by taking fiber supplements. There are many commercial brands on the market that may contain artificial flavoring or color. The best fiber supplements are 100% natural and pure. Psyllium husk is one of the best natural ways to increase your fiber intake.
Psyllium husk comes from a herb called Plantago ovata, which is commonly found in India. Psyllium Husk is an edible soluble fiber and prebiotic, also widely known as a natural laxative. Not only it helps with our digestive health, here are additional benefits of psyllium husk:
1. Lower cholesterol
Many kinds of research show psyllium husk reduce LDL “bad” cholesterol and balance cholesterol level.
2. Boost heart health
Adding high water-soluble fiber into our diet help with lowering the triglyceride level and risk of cardiovascular disease.
3. Manage blood sugar
Fiber has been shown to help maintain normal blood sugar in diabetics by decreasing serum glucose.
4. Healthy weight management
Psyllium husk has been shown to significantly decrease body weight. This is partially due to the way it encourages elimination and promotes satiety.
Written by: Jasmine Lim
(Love Earth Nutritionist)
[Bachelor of Science Degree in Dietics (major) &
Food Science (minor) lowa State University, USA]