Psyllium husk is an important source of dietary fiber. At the same time, it provides very small amounts of other nutrients, such as fats and proteins. It also does not contain significant amounts of complex carbohydrates or simple sugars.
The exceptionally high content of dietary fiber in the husk of the plantain egg has been used for many years as a means of supporting the proper functioning of the digestive system. This raw material is an important element of natural medicine. Currently, it can also be found in the composition of many drugs and dietary supplements available in pharmacies.
Plantago ovata has been used in traditional Indian medicine for centuries. The local people refer to this plant as Isabgul, which means "horse's ear" from Persian. The name refers to the characteristic curved shape of the plantain seeds. It is this part of the plant, namely the husk, that has found wide application in medicine and dietetics. Long before the mechanisms and chemical composition of this plant were known, it was noticed that the addition of the psyllium husk had a beneficial effect on the functioning of the digestive tract and allowed to alleviate many ailments of the stomach and intestines.
Psyllium husk from Plantago ovat is a low-calorie product. Due to the very high content of non-digestible dietary fiber and marginal amounts of fats and carbohydrates, 100 g of the product provides only about 180 kcal. There are also very few simple sugars and saturated fatty acids in the product.
Uses of Psyllium Fiber:
The fiber from Plantago ovata will be perfect as an addition to all kinds of semi-liquid dishes. It has a very neutral taste and slightly thickening properties. You can use it to prepare porridge, porridges, mousses and cocktails. It also works well as an addition to muesli, yoghurts and kefirs. The daily dose of psyllium husk is about 8-12 g. The product should be eaten with plenty of liquid or semi-liquid food. When determining the daily dose, it is worth taking into account the overall diet and the amount of dietary fiber that we consume from other sources.