Many well-designed studies have shown that psyllium relieves constipation. When combined with water, it swells and produces more bulk, which stimulates the intestines to contract and helps speed the passage of stool through the digestive tract. Psyllium is widely used as a laxative in Asia, Europe, and North America.
The soluble fiber found in psyllium husks can help lower cholesterol. Psyllium can help relieve both constipation and diarrhea, and is used to treat irritable bowel syndrome, hemorrhoids, and other intestinal problems. Psyllium has also been used to help regulate blood sugar levels in people with diabetes.
When consumed, psyllium expands due to water in the colon and it forms a gelatinous substance. Then the gel-like substance pushes out the toxins and waste in the body.
Capsules should be swallowed whole with a full glass (8 ounces) of water. It is best if you take your doses just after a meal. Never take a dose at bedtime.
In addition to easing bowel movements in constipated patients, psyllium husk benefits the gut microbiome — an essential ecosystem of bacteria inside the colon.
Psyllium husk can help prevent diverticulosis by getting stool through your system efficiently, without putting pressure on your intestinal walls and forming the pouches indicative of diverticulosis.
Psyllium husks are a good source of soluble dietary fibre. Fibre is not absorbed by the body but passes through, adding bulk and water to stools and making them easier to pass. It is considered safe for long-term use.