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Benefits of Psyllium Husk (Isabgol) And Its Side Effects

Psyllium Husk (Isabgol) Health Benefits of Psyllium Husk (Isabgol) Uses of Psyllium Husk (Isabgol) Side-Effects & Allergies of Psyllium Husk (Isabgol) Cultivation of Psyllium Husk (Isabgol)
Benefits of Psyllium Husk (Isabgol) And Its Side Effects

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Psyllium Husk (Isabgol)

Psyllium husk commonly known as isabgol is a common household product. It grows on a small herbaceous plant called planovate whose seeds are arranged in the same way as that of wheat. Its leaves resemble aloe vera are narrow and long. Its husks are a very important component of Ayurveda.

Health Benefits of Psyllium Husk (Isabgol)

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Psyllium Husk (Isabgol)

Nutritional facts Per 1-tablespoon

20 Calories
10 mg Sodium
0.2 Protein

Uses of Psyllium Husk (Isabgol)

Uses of Psyllium Husk (Isabgol)

Psyllium is used mainly for medicinal purposes. Apart from this there are a few other uses as well. They are as a thickening agent in manufacturing ice creams and other frozen desserts. It is also used for calico printing, setting lotions and in the food industry. Transplanting in woody plants uses technical-grade psyllium as a hydro-colloidal to improve water retention.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Psyllium Husk (Isabgol)

Side Effects and allergies are extremely rare with isabgol. But those who suffer from swallowing difficulty and intestinal blockages should avoid having this as it may aggravate the problem. Rhinitis and anaphylaxis are the common side effects of isabgol but they happen rarely.

Cultivation of Psyllium Husk (Isabgol)

Psyllium is a native to India and is now also grown in parts of west Asia, USA, Mexico and Russia. This plant is a rabi crop and requires a cool, dry and sunny weather to grow. Isabgol needs a sandy or loamy soil that is well drained and does not let water to stagnate. It takes 5 to 6 months for the plants to be ready for harvesting. India is the largest producer of Psyllium.

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Popular Questions & Answers

I am having constipation since 2 months I am teen boy 17 years old. I have taken psyllium husk and oral laxatives. But did not worked. I do daily walking 40 min. I daily wat fibre rich food. I think I take stress can it cause if severe constipation.

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Dear lybrate-user, take plenty of fluids and rich fiber diet, fruits, maintain specific time, syrp. Cremaffin plus 15 ml at bed time, advise modify your lifestyle, avoid smoke, alcohol, khyena or gutkha, may help you if till persistent needs few t...

How long can I take psyllium husk continuously for constipation & does it has side effects.

MBBS, MD - General Medicine (persuing)
General Physician, Patna
There is very less side effects of psyllium husk like may produce flatulence otherwise safe to use. You can use till symptoms. Also change life style. Avoid sedentary habits. Take fibres in diet. Thank you.
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Hello doctor I am constipated since 1 month I have consult doctor who gave me lactose oral solutions and psyllium husk I have been using since 1 week and only 1 day my stomach was fully clear I poop everyday but half of my regular routine. Should I continue using my medicine do colonoscopy be done in my case if my conscience does not improve. I am 17 years old male boy.

General Physician, Karimganj
Before going to colonoscopy. .firstly you should change your lifestyle 1) plenty of water approx 3 litre per day 2) early to go bed and early rise up from sleep, should maintain this rule 3) intake fibre containing food like green vegetables, ladi...

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