Isabgol also known as Psyllium Husk is a natural vegetable product, which is retrieved from Isabgol seeds by milling process. It is the upper coating of plant ago ovata, which is purified by sieving and winnowing. It is a natural healthy fiber and is not absorbed in the intestine.
This product is mainly used as a bowel regulator. Isabgol absorbs water and swells up to give increased bulk in the intestine. The fiber present in Isabgol is soluble in nature. Isabgol is recommended for relief of problems associated with chronic constipation such as piles, fissures and fistulas. It helps to moisten the hard stools and brings down the burning sensation after defecation. This promotes the normal peristaltic movements and the bowel mobility. The fiber present in Isabgol helps to control the blood cholesterol levels.
It also helps to regulate the blood glucose levels and insulin response by decreasing the absorption of fats and glucose. Isabgol forms a bulk on swelling; it is classified as a bulk-laxative. It is usually effective within 8-12 hours. Isabgol should be stirred in a full glass of fluid such as water or juice, just before ingestion. Consumed with water prior to meals, reduces consumption of fat and calories. Recommended to supplement fiber deficient diet may be used 5 to 10 grams daily with a glass of water, syrup, milk, fruit-juice, salted curd or lassi. The Dosage can go up to three times a day as per individual requirements and one teaspoon daily at bedtime is also advised.