Morlife Psyllium Husk 350g
Psyllium is the powdered seed of the plant Plantago psyllium and is among the safest and gentlest laxatives. For centuries traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic physicians have used the seeds and leaves of several Asian Plantago species to treat diarrhoea, haemorrhoids, constipation, urinary problems, and more recently high blood pressure. Today psyllium is on of the most popular bulk forming laxatives, being the active ingredient in Metamucil and a number of other commercial products.
Psyllium contains high mucilage content that when exposed to water swells and becomes gel-like. This makes psyllium an ideal form of dietary fibre. It ideally suited for treating diarrhoea, where psyllium absorbs excess fluid in the intestinal tract and restores normal bulk to the stool, and for treating constipation where psyllium’s water absorbing action decreases stool density and helps lubricate its passage. This can help chronic problems and as it is helpful for haemorroids providing relief from pain, bleeding and itching.
Psyllium and Constipation
Psyllium’s bulk-forming action increases stool volume. Larger stools press on the colon wall, triggering the wave like contractions (peristalsis) we associate with the urge to defecate. Some cases of constipation also involved hard, dense stools, which are painful to pass. Psyllium’s water absorbing action decreases stool density and helps lubricate its passage. Studies show a teaspoon of psyllium seeds three times per day usually produce significant relief.
Psyllium and Diarrhoea
Diarrhoea is a condition caused by the frequent elimination of stools abnormally watery in nature. The condition is fairly common and can exist alone or as a symptom of other diseases. Psyllium, because it contains a high mucilage content, swells when exposed to water. As such it is able to absorb the excess fluid in the intestinal tract and restore normal bulk to the stool. This helps to eliminate some of the dangerous symptoms of diarrhoea.
Psyllium and Cholesterol
It is now believed that psyllium can play an important role in lowering cholesterol, with a number of studies demonstrating its positive effects in cholesterol control. Anderson et al (1988) studied the cholesterol levels of people taking a teaspoon of psyllium three times per day (a total 10.2 grams) for eight weeks. At the end of eights weeks of treatment psyllium reduced serum total cholesterol levels by 14.8%, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol by 20.2%, and the ratio of LDL cholesterol to high-density lipoprotein cholesterol by 14.8% relative to baseline values. Anderson noted that the reductions in total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol became progressively larger with time, and this trend appeared to be continuing at the eighth week. These findings were supported by Bell et al (1989) in a follow up study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
Both Bell and Anderson also noted that psyllium treatment did not affect body weight, blood pressure, or serum levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, triglycerides, glucose, iron, or zinc. Patients experienced no ill effects from psyllium supplementation, and their adherence to psyllium treatment was excellent.
In conclusion psyllium is a gentle, safe and effective laxative which can be used by most people. It is able to help in cases of diarrhoea and offers relief from the aggravation of haemorrhoids. Studies have now demonstrated that it can be very effective in the control of cholesterol, making psyllium a truly remarkable fibre.
It is very important to drink six to eight glasses of water per day when taking psyllium as it absorbs a high amount of fluid, to achieve its mode of action.
Take 1-2 teaspoons of Psyllium Husk Powder up to three times daily.
Mix with a glass of water or fruit juice and drink immediately before it thickens, or as professionally prescribed.
Ensure to maintain a high water intake when using psyllium.
Children ½ to 1 tsp daily.
Do not take psyllium dry.
Psyllium can cause intestinal irritability, such as bloating and flatulence because of the high fibre content. Start with 1 tsp daily and increase gradually to suggested amount. Take psyllium two hours or more after taking medications or other supplements. Psyllium may cause allergic reaction in people sensitive to psyllium. Seek medical advice immediately if reaction occurs.
People who are pregnant, lactating or suffering from bowel problems should seek professional advice before taking psyllium.
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