Psyllium is a bulk laxative. This means that it can absorb water from the intestines, make bowel movements easier, and help promote regularity without increasing flatulence. It can relieve constipation all at once, or it can be added to your diet to help promote regularity and overall digestive health.
Patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and Crohn's disease are very familiar with irregular bowel movements. The results of research on the effectiveness of Psyllium in treating these conditions are still mixed.
Psyllium is a prebiotic-a substance required for the growth of probiotic flora in the intestines.
A healthy and beneficial flora in the digestive system is essential for a healthy immune function. Your body is better able to fight infections, reduce inflammation, and maintain healthy tissues and cells.
In addition to maintaining regular bowel movements and controlling chronic diseases, psyllium can also soften stools, provided you drink enough water. This will come in handy for short-term illnesses such as constipation. Used in this way, it can prevent complications of constipation, such as hemorrhoids and anal fissures.
Preliminary research suggests that Psyllium may help relieve pain symptoms associated with these diseases. Since there is no real scientific consensus, please consult your doctor to see if Psyllium can help you.
Studies have shown that taking soluble fiber can help people control their cholesterol levels. Proper cholesterol regulation is important for everyone, but it is vital for people over 50.
A study has shown that for people who are obese or overweight, consuming plantain for at least six weeks a day is an effective way to lower cholesterol with few side effects.
If you are told that you need to pay attention to cholesterol, please consult your doctor whether adding psyllium to a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet will help you.
Numerous studies have shown that fiber like psyllium as part of a healthy diet can help reduce a person’s risk of heart disease. Psyllium can affect your heart by lowering blood pressure, improving blood lipid levels and strengthening myocardium.
Watching your weight
Maintaining a healthy weight is a concern for many people, especially those suffering from chronic diseases such as diabetes. In addition to being beneficial to your heart and blood sugar levels, Psyllium can also help you lose weight.
Because psyllium can absorb fluid in your body, it can help you feel full. This can help you control the amount of food you eat. If they recommend that you lose weight, please discuss the possibility of taking psyllium with your doctor.
Diabetics must pay attention to their diet to maintain a healthy balance of insulin and blood sugar (glucose). Some studies have shown that fibers like Psyllium can help people maintain a healthy blood sugar balance.
The exact dosage of psyllium depends on the product you use. Dosage requirements may also vary depending on the purpose of your psyllium. Generally, you can take the product with a full glass of water one to three times a day.
Some studies have shown that daily consumption of 7.9 grams of psyllium (plus or minus 3.6 grams) and probiotics is a safe and effective way to treat Crohn’s disease. However, other results indicate that soluble fibers like Psyllium can make some people’s symptoms worse.
A study found that taking 5 grams of psyllium twice a day can help patients with type 2 diabetes control blood sugar. Another study from patients with type 2 diabetes found similar results, but emphasized that European psyllium therapy should be tailored to the individual.
Follow all product instructions carefully. Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, do not take more than the recommended dose of medicine.
Possible side effects
Since psyllium can increase intestinal volume and have a laxative effect, this substance may have undesirable side effects. If you are not familiar with plantain or take more than the recommended amount per day, you may be particularly prone to side effects.
Some possible side effects include:
- Abdominal pain and cramps
- Loose stool
- More frequent bowel movements
- Nausea and vomiting
If you have a similar allergic reaction to psyllium, please call your doctor immediately. Although rare, credible sources of risk may include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Swelling, especially around the face and throat