Psyllium helps stimulate bowel movements regulating the intestinal transit. It helps the stool remain soft and makes its passage easier. Both the WHO (World Health Organization), ESCOP (European Scientific Commission on Phytotherapy) and EMEA recommend psyllium as a natural constipation reliever that encourages bowel movements.
The name psyllium, derives from the Greek “psyllia” which means “flea”, alluding to the tiny size of the seed. It is known that the ripe, whole and dry seed is beneficial both for constipation, registered in the European Pharmacopoeia as a “laxative or mucilaginous ballast”, and for diarrhea, for which it is also very effective
Thanks to its exceptional amount of mucilage (cellulose and hemicellulose, a sort of fibre) contained in its seed, psyllium proves to be an extraordinary ally against constipation. Psyllium seeds absorb large volumes of water increasing the bulk of stool, stimulating peristalsis (motility) and muscle contraction that move along the stool mass. Gastrointestinal transit time decreases.
Psyllium is also beneficial in case of diarrhea, the gel formed will increase water retention capacity delayig gastric emptying: stools will be less liquid and less frequent.
- Helps against hemorrhoids or anal fistulas, by helping with bowel movements, reduces bleeding and pain.
- Helps against irritable bowel syndrome, a digestive disorder whose causes are still poorly understood (hormones, infections…) that affects around 10 to 20% of the population in Western countries (mostly women).
- Helps against ulcerative colitis: maintaining its remission by fermenting in the colon. It is known to have an anti-inflammatory effect (by inhibiting the production of cytokines).
- Helps against hypercholesterolemia: psyllium, combined with good hygiene and dietary measures, can reduce the rate of bad cholesterol (LDL). In 1999, a study conductet with 34 men showed that taking 5.1g per day of psyllium lowered LDL cholesterol by 13%. Another study concluded that pharmacological cholesterol treatment (simvastatin) was potentiated by consuming 5.1g of psyllium per day.
- Helps against diabetes: taking psyllium decreases glucose absorption helping reduce blood sugar levels. For better performance, it´s recomended to take psyllium during a meal, in fact, by mixing it with water and food, psyllium swells and the sugar is trapped, being absorbed slowlier.
Per 100g of product