What Is Raw Psyllium Fiber?

Overview

Extracted from a grain grown in India, raw psyllium fiber is used as a popular natural tonic for promoting regularity. Eating raw psyllium fiber is an effective, drug-free way to support digestive health.

Origin

Although psyllium fiber comes from a grain, it is not related to wheat and does not contain gluten. Comprised of the outer layer of the psyllium seed, raw psyllium fiber is packaged in bulk and available at most health food stores.

Uses

In her book, "Prescription for Nutritional Healing," author Phyllis Balch recommends ingesting raw psyllium fiber as an effective internal cleanser and stool softener. Safe to use, raw psyllium husk fiber does not appear to interfere with prescription medication.

How to Use

Follow package directions if there are any. In most cases, you simply add the desired amount of raw psyllium fiber to a glass of water. Because raw psyllium fiber thickens quickly when combined with water, you should drink it immediately.

Benefits

According to Yerba Prima Dietary Co., raw psyllium fiber improves digestion and removes toxins from the body by binding them in the colon. Raw psyllium fiber also may help stabilize blood sugar levels and lower cholesterol.

Fiber Content

In powder form, raw psyllium husk powder contains 4½ grams of fiber per tsp. Whole psyllium husks have 4½ grams of fiber per tbsp.

References

  • "Prescription for Nutritional Healing;" Phyllis Balch; 2000
  • Yerba Prima: Psyllium Husks: Benefits and Usage; Peter Finkle
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