Psyllium husk is a plant-based soluble fibre which improves digestive motility. In other words, it assists to improve bowel regularity. Fibre also assists as a food source for healthy bacteria in the gut which is important for hormonal function and breakdown. Healthy bacterial fermentation in the gut is essential in its role of supporting the elimination of wastes, production of serotonin (happy hormones), lessens bloating and regulates digestion.
Psyllium is a bulk-forming (non-addictive) laxative, which means once ingested it expands and forms a gelatin-like mass in the colon by drawing water in. Once this occurs the husks are able to “scrub” the intestines clean and transport waste through the intestinal tract. The soluble fibre found in psyllium is useful in lowering bad cholesterol (LDL) as it has the ability to bind to the cholesterol, thereby reducing the risk of heart disease and promotes overall health.
Fibre is more than just a regulator for the bowels, it is also vital to deliver essential nutrients to the entire body. Other beneficial effects of psyllium fibre are: