Psyllium is a form of fibre made from the husks of the Plantago Ovata plant's seeds. It sometimes goes by the name Ispaghula.
It’s most commonly known as a laxative. It is a high fibre cleanser which supports digestive health and helps with weight loss. Research shows that taking psyllium is beneficial to many parts of the human body, including the heart and the pancreas.
Psyllium is a bulk-forming laxative. This means it soaks up water in your gut and makes bowel movements much easier. It also helps promote regularity without increasing flatulence. It can be used as a one-off to ease constipation, or it can be added to your diet to help promote regularity and overall digestive health.
Psyllium is a prebiotic — a substance needed for healthy colonies of probiotics to grow in the gut. A healthy colony of good bacteria in the digestive system is essential for healthy immune function. Your body is better able to fight infection, reduce inflammation and maintain healthy tissue and cells.