Psyllium is a soluble fiber derived from the seeds of Plantago ovata, an herb mainly grown in India. It’s used as a dietary supplement and is usually found in the form of husk, granules, capsules or powder. However, it can also be obtained through fortified breakfast cereals and baked goods
Psyllium is a type of fiber commonly used as a gentle, bulk-forming laxative.
Being a soluble fiber, psyllium is able to pass through your digestive system without being completely broken down or absorbed.
Instead, it absorbs water and becomes a viscous compound that benefits constipation, diarrhea, blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol and weight loss.
Psyllium husk is the main active ingredient in Metamucil, a fiber supplement often used to reduce constipation.
Because of its excellent water solubility, psyllium can absorb water and become a thick, viscous compound that resists digestion in the small intestine.
Its resistance to digestion allows it to help regulate high cholesterol, triglycerides and blood sugar levels. It can also aid weight management and relieve diarrhea and constipation
Moreover, unlike some other potent sources of fiber, psyllium is well tolerated)