What Are the Benefits of Taking Psyllium Husk Fiber?

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What Are the Benefits of Taking Psyllium Husk Fiber?

Have you had any Plantago ovata today? Don't answer too fast. Plantago ovata is a popular plant that’s also known as blond plantain, isabgol and desert Indianwheat. While Plantago ovata is native to the Mediterranean region, it's become naturalized throughout Asia and North America. It's mainly grown and harvested in India. If you haven’t heard of Plantago ovata before, don’t worry; you likely know it by another name: psyllium seeds.

During Plantago ovata’s harvesting process, its seeds are removed from the plant. These seeds are surrounded by a thin layer or shell called a husk, which is also separated from the seed and collected. Both the psyllium seeds and husks are used in a variety of food products and offer numerous health benefits thanks to their high fiber content.

Whether you’ve been researching nutrition or reading news articles, you’ve likely seen psyllium seed husks mentioned. But what exactly are the benefits of eating these — admittedly unappetizing, at least in appearance — fibrous flakes? It turns out that consuming psyllium husk fiber can have a number of positive effects on your overall health.