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Abstract

Psyllium the Hidden Superfood of all Times

Humankind has used Psyllium since ancient times; it has miraculous medicinal properties and health benefits that have been attributed to it throughout the ages. Psyllium is also recognized by few other names like ispaghula, isabgol, psyllium seed husks etc. It is usually cultivated in India and Pakistan. Psyllium is derived from the husks of the Plantago ovata plant's seeds. There are various health benefits of consuming psyllium. Its positive effects include relieving the symptoms of constipation as well as mild diarrhea, it improves digestion and cleanse colon, lower hypercholesterolemia, reduces the chances of heart diseases, helps in weight reduction, controls type 2 diabetes, treats inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis) and hemorrhoids. In food industry it is used in baking as well as a thickening agent in the preparation of ice cream or frozen dessert. In older days it was also applied topically to treat skin problems and insect stings.


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Sukaina Shabbir



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