Psyllium Husk (Isabgol, Ashwagol)
Psyllium is a robust herb that grows around the world but is most commonly found in India, which remains the largest producer of psyllium husk today. It is also referred to as Isabghol (Ispaghol in Pakistan), derived from the Sanskrit words “asp” and “ghol,” together meaning “horse flower.” The whole seed has been used in traditional Iranian medicine for hundreds of years.
The inner seed contains many starches and fatty acids, making it an excellent natural additive for animal feed. The outer coat (the husk) is ground down into mucilage, a term describing clear, colorless, gelatinous dietary fiber that confers the majority of health benefits in both humans and animals.
Not only does it have health benefits, but its gel-like character makes it a popular addition to foods to produce desired thickening and texture.
Psyllium husk is largely composed of carbohydrates (85%), with the remainder consisting of fats, plant ash, and protein.
The carbohydrate portion contains twice as much insoluble fiber (cellulose, hemicellulose, lignin) as soluble, both of which are essential to the benefits provided by psyllium husk.
Soluble fiber: The gel-like material that easily absorbs water, which then causes it to expand
Insoluble fiber: Consists of the non-digestible, water-resistant plant matter.
** All herbs in accordance with recommendations provided by Ministry of AYUSH(Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) **