Organic isabgol, or plantain, is derived from the seeds of the Plantago ovata plant, which grows in Western Asia and the Mediterranean region. This plant has been cultivated for centuries for medicinal and nutritional purposes. The name ‘psyllium’ is derived from the Greek word ‘psulla’, meaning ‘flea’, referring to the small, flea-like seeds of the plant.
Isabgola has been used since ancient times for its health benefits. It was revered for its digestive properties and its seeds and husks were often used to alleviate various gastrointestinal problems. Over time, it has become popular in different parts of the world, as studies show that it can support digestive health, manage cholesterol and regulate blood sugar levels.
Today, isabgola is popular in many forms, including whole seeds, barks and powders. It has been recognised for its role in promoting regular digestion, heart health and blood sugar control.
Iabgola seed pods are an excellent source of soluble fibre. They absorb water well and form a gelatinous substance in the digestive tract, which helps regular bowel movements. This can be particularly helpful for those who experience constipation.
The soluble fibre in the seed coat promotes satiety, which can help curb appetite and reduce calorie intake.
Some studies suggest that regular consumption of isabgol, or the seed husk of the plantain, may help reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, which can reduce the risk of heart disease.
Soluble fibre can also slow the absorption of sugar and help stabilise blood sugar levels. It can be useful for people with diabetes or those at risk of developing the disease.
Isabgola, or the husk of the plantain, can be used as a probiotic to promote the growth of beneficial gut bacteria. A healthy gut microbiome is linked to many aspects of overall health, including immune function and mental well-being.
Isabgola, or the seed coats of the plantain, can cause gas, bloating or abdominal cramps in some individuals, especially if consumed in large quantities or without sufficient water.
In rare cases, people may be allergic and experience symptoms such as itching, hives or difficulty breathing.
Isabgola, or the testicles of the plantain, can interfere with the absorption of certain medicines, so it is important to take them separately from prescription medicines.
This product is intended for adults.
To relieve constipation, take isabgol, or the seed husk of the plantain, with plenty of water, as the fibre absorbs moisture in the intestines to soften stools. It is recommended to take about 5 g three times a day with a glass of water.
Isabgolla, or plantain, seed husks can help with diarrhoea if taken with less water. 3-4 g three times a day is recommended.
Isabgola, or the seed husk of the plantain, is used as a dietary fibre supplement. They can be mixed with water or added to smoothies, yoghurt, porridge or oatmeal.
The recommended daily dose is 5-10 g or 1 tablespoon.
NOTE. The information provided here should not be interpreted as advice for treatment or other health problems. We encourage you to make decisions about your personal health by considering different sources of information.