Natural Products Review: Psyllium Seed Benefits

Psyllium seed is a natural product that is really making an impact in more ways than one. The laxative effects are pretty awesome, and many are swearing by the weight loss benefits, but what are the true health benefits of Psyllium seed? Let’s go over what Psyllium seed is, what it does and the things you need to look out for while using it, because knowledge is power.

Health Benefits of Psyllium Seed

 

Did you know names like Metamucil are connected to this natural supplement? Sure! Psyllium is a natural laxative. It is also cholesterol lowering and it has anticarcinogenic effects. It is sometimes referred to as Isphagula or Ispaghula. This natural and helpful supplement originates from the husks of Plantago ovate seeds. It also has the potential to lower lipids and promote heart health.

 

Risks and Warnings

 

Everything comes at a risk to someone. With Psyllium seed there is a slight risk of allergic reactions and possible anaphylaxis. Other side effects like wheezing, skin rash, difficulties breathing, hypersensitivity, cross sensitivity and hives have been reported in some cases.

While testing in animals has been carried out, reactions in humans has not been well researched and is limited at best. You should always have a physician supervise your consumption of the product until you know how it will affect you.

Breastfeeding and Pregnancy

This is a C-2 classified drug, and with limited studies on humans it is not recommended for use during pregnancy or while breastfeeding even though they appear to be safe from the first trimester through to the last.

Interactions and Things You Should Know

 

You should not take Psyllium seed with any supplements or herbs that may have an effect on your blood sugar as it could increase your risk of hypoglycemia.

If you are taking anti-inflammatories, anti-gout medications,  supplements, herbs, using diuretic activities or taking antidepressants contact your doctor before taking Psyllium to avoid bad interactions.

Psyllium and Weight Loss

Psyllium has become more popular for weight loss in 2013, and its polarity seems to be increasing.

Its affectivity is derived from the laxative effect that the supplement has, and most of us know what happens when laxatives are misused to lose weight. With that being said, one must use Psyllium responsibly when it is for weight loss.

When used responsible it will stimulate the digestive tract, and can even be used to detox. It is important to remember to drink 8 ounces of water to every 7 grams of Psyllium seed consumed.

Common uses for Psyllium are to ease or remedy constipation and irritable bowel syndrome. Please note that though Psyllium is trending as a weight loss supplement it is not a recommended method of weight loss. However if it is going to be used as such, please do so responsibly with a regular healthy diet, plenty of fluids and regular exercise. Adults should be getting from 20 to 35 grams of fiber every day.

 

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About John Montague DC

John Montague DC is the owner of WebVitamins. He is active in the industry and is currently president of the NPA East.

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