Psyllium Husk supplements provide a quick and easy to absorb source of dietary fibre which has been proven to help lower harmful cholesterol levels, improve digestion, help regulate blood sugar levels, help improve bowel health, assist with the removal of waste from the body, and much more. Read the full product description for more information.
What is Psyllium Husk?
Psyllium Husk is a powdered supplement that is obtained naturally from a plant native to the country of India, known as the plantago ovata, also known as a psyllium plant. It comes from the seeds of this plant where it is finely ground into a fine powder, to assist with the active uptake of this nutrient. It is one of the best natural sources of fiber that you could ever hope for, and what’s more, as so many people’s diets are lacking so badly in this very nutrient, this type of supplement is proving incredibly beneficial indeed. As you can probably guess, these husks are the natural outer coating of the seed of the psyllium plant’s seed, and whereas ordinarily the husks would be discarded as they would contain very few nutrients, in this instance, the husks have proven to be incredibly beneficial sources of dietary fiber. For diets lacking in fiber, or for people who are simply looking to increase their fiber intakes, psyllium husk is ideal.
How does it work?
Basically, the psyllium husk functions as a natural source of soluble dietary fiber, so you will receive all of the benefits associated with fiber when you supplement with this product. The fiber is actually a natural chemical bond that the human body cannot naturally break down, so it makes its way through the body without being absorbed after we’ve consumed it. It is a soluble fiber, which means that, once consumed, the body can only process it and break it down with the addition of water. It mixes with the water where it naturally breaks down and becomes almost like the consistency of wall paper paste. This gel coats the lining of the stomach as well as the digestive tract, plus it mixes with stools in our bodies, where it softens them by adding liquid, making it ideal for treating constipation, or simply for people who struggle with regular bowel movements. The psyllium husk powder is therefore usually combined with water, smoothies, or protein shakes, where it is then consumed and where it can then work its magic. In order for the psyllium to function correctly however, around 8 glasses of water at least, should be consumed each day. As well as all of the above, whilst in the intestines it also functions by almost sweeping them and keeping them clean and healthy, as it can absorb and remove harmful ingredients that are often precursors for LDL cholesterol. It also acts almost like a colonic irrigation, as it helps to remove fecal matter that may be stagnant and could potentially cause illness and infection.
What are the main benefits of Psyllium Husk supplements?
Some of the primary benefits associated with psyllium husk includes the following:
Great for constipation
Constipation is one of the most unpleasant and painful conditions that a person could ever be unfortunate enough to suffer with, which is why psyllium husk is so ideal. As mentioned, when it breaks down in water, it becomes a gel-like paste that mixes with the stools, is absorbed into them, where it adds moisture to them and softens them. This makes it much easier for a healthy and pain-free bowel movement to occur.
Another great benefit is the fact that the psyllium also helps to actively lower LDL cholesterol by removing harmful ingredients that function as precursors for the cholesterol. By removing them, LDL cholesterol does not get chance to build up, therefore you can avoid all of the unpleasant side effects associated with high LDL cholesterol, including heart disease, hypertension, and heart attack.
Promotes healthy digestion
On top of all of the above, psyllium husk also helps to actively improve digestive health and well-being as it sweeps the intestines and helps to keep them clear of toxins and free radicals, plus it assists with nutrient uptakes, allowing us to absorb more nutrients from the foods and drinks we consume.
Other benefits include:
- Great for weight loss
- Helps regulate blood sugar levels
- Promotes healthy digestion
- Lowers harmful cholesterol
- Can help promote cardiovascular health
- Boosts the immune system
- Keeps you feeling full for longer
- Treats and prevents constipation
- And more...
How and when should it be consumed?
Health Canada Recommended Dose: Adults and adolescents 13 and over.: 1 - 2 Teaspoon(s) 1 - 4 time(s) per day. Effects observed 12-24 hours after first dose, and may take 2-3 days. For each gram of psyllium, mix with 30 ml of liquid (water, milk, fruit juice or similar aqueous beverage). Stir briskly and drink immediately. Maintain adequate fluid intake. Take 2 hours before or after taking other medications.
What can it be stacked with?
Psyllium husk is ideal because it promotes general health and well-being, so it stacks with virtually any supplements you like. Some people will consume it with a diet whey protein meal replacement supplement when trying to lose weight. Typically, it stacks very well with: meal replacement protein shakes, whey protein, multi vitamins, omega 3 supplements, and glucosamine for the joints.
Psyllium Husk Ingredients
Ingredients Per Scoop
Medicinal Ingredients (per scoop): Psyllium (Plantago ovata, Husk) .......................... 3.4 Grams
Non-Medicinal Ingredients: None.
Potential side effects
As with all new supplements, always consult your doctor before using any new supplements, and discontinue usage if you experience any adverse side effects. Pregnant and breast feeding women should consult their doctor before using this supplement. Although very safe and beneficial, some users have experienced adverse side effects, especially when the recommended daily intake was exceeded. Potential side effects could include:
- Stomach cramp
- Stomach pains
Caution: Not intended for children, pregnant, or breastfeeding women. Consult a healthcare practitioner prior to use. Consult a healthcare practitioner prior to use if you have health conditions. Store in a cool dry place away from children. Do not use if seal is broken.
Allergy Statement: This product is made in a facility that handles milk products, gluten, shellfish, soy, peanuts and other tree nuts.
Disclaimer: The above description does not constitute medical advice and is for informational purposes only and has not been evaluated by Health Canada, CFIA, or FDA. Please consult a properly licensed medical professional before consuming nutritional supplements. This product is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any disease.