Fiber has so many benefits to it and yet still people do not get enough of it in their daily diets. Apart from creating a feeling of fullness(which helps to keep the appetite at bay), it is useful for a whole pile other reasons. If you are constipated, take fiber as this will get you sorted out in no time. Fiber has also been used to manage diverticulosis and to assist in preventing cancer of the colon and it is helpful in many instances of digestive conditions.
One form of fiber is psyllium husk, and it is natural unrelated to wheat. Psyllium yields about 60-70 % soluble fiber, which is eight times more than that of oat bran. This fiber helps to absorb water, and that produces softer faeces. In India, there is Blond Psyllium and America produces Plantago Ovata.
The mucilage of the seed is coated with husk of Psyllium. This is considered to be the purest form of dietary fiber and only this is used when Psyllium products are manufactured. It contains choline, vitamin B1, polysaccharides, proteins and glycosides. The seed contains Linoleic Acid, and this is an important fatty acid required for good health. The husk is made up of a complex carbohydrate which is also contained in vegetables, fruits and whole grains.
Indian people have used Psyllium for thousands of years to bring about healing. Cystitis, constipation, hemorrhoids and diarrhea are just some of the ailments that have been effectively treated with this dietary fiber. Psyllium is known to promote regular bowel movement and this can help to avoid cystitis (in some cases, cystitis can be due to fecal matter that migrates up the urethra).
A mixture of tumeric, milk and Psyllium has been used for centuries by people in India to treat minor scrapes and cuts. It also helps to manage inflammation of cell membranes.
If you consume Psyllium regularly, you are less likely to have toxins in your body. The Psyllium creates a gelatinous and spongy mass by absorbing water and swelling to about fifty times its size. This helps to move and break down the toxic matter in the bowel. It aids the process of peristalsis to happen and that gets rid of bacteria, which thrive on fecal matter. The sooner the toxins and fecal matter are removed from the body, the less likely that illness will set in.
Here’s what Wikipedia says:
Psyllium seed husks also known as ispaghula, isabgol, or psyllium, are portions of the seedsof the plant Plantago ovata, (genus Plantago), a native of India. They are hygroscopic (that is they absorb water expanding and become mucilaginous. Ayurveda recommends its use for colon cleansing/ bowel regulation as well as for better blood circulation.
Psyllium seed husk are indigestible and are a source of soluble dietary fiber. They are used to relieve constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, and diarrhea. They are also used as a regular dietary supplement to improve and maintain regular GI transit. The inert bulk of the husks helps provide a constant volume of solid material irrespective of other aspects of the diet or any disease condition of the gut. Some recent research is also showing them to be promising in lowering cholesterol and controlling diabetes.
Other uses include gluten-free baking, where ground psyllium seed husks bind moisture and help make the bread less crumbly.