Plantago psyllium, Psyllium fiber, Psyllium

The Psyllium fiber is named after the seeds of the plant Plantago psyllium, it is very commonly used to treat constipation. This kind of fiber is water soluble and is the only one that is ferment resistant within the intestine, which gives its laxative properties (increases fecal weight and moisture). Beyond that, psyllium appears to be effective in reducing blood cholesterol and LDL, levels of blood glucose and also appetite.

  • Origin: Plant Based
  • Source: Itself
  • Type: Prebiotic
  • Age Range: Adults (18-60), Seniors (>60)
  • Toxicity: There is no evidence of toxicity until now
  • Outcomes: Diabetes & Blood Sugar, Cardiovascular Health, Immunity, Weight Management, Blood Sugar Control, Cholesterol & Triglycerides, Nutrient Issues, Appetite Control

What are Psyllium benefits?

Psyllium is a fiber derived from the Plantago psyllium plant (also known as Plantago ovata) that is able to bind to fatty acids and cholesterol in the diet. According to proven studies, psyllium increases fecal size and moisture, and the most common characteristics of stool after psyllium supplementation are ‘soft, sleek, and easily passable’. It is also worth noting that compared to other dietary fiber sources, psyllium appears to be more effective in stool formation, and appears to be one of the few fiber sources that are not associated with excessive flatulence. Other benefits of psyllium for the body, also include: reduction of total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol in people with high cholesterol, as well as a slight reduction in HDL; possible reduction in glucose which may benefit diabetics; and slight reduction in appetite when taken in high doses.

Table of relations

Consistent effects
Strength of effects
Scientific articles
Weight Management Weight Management
Studies that report appetite note that there's a big decrease after a meal containing psyllium (relative to no fiber ingestion) although it doesn't appear to be too remarkable in potency as overall food intake doesn't appear influenced.
Diabetes & Blood Sugar Diabetes & Blood Sugar
Reductions in blood sugar seen with psyllium seem to occur reliably in persons with high blood sugar, but are transient benefits and not of an interesting magnitude.
Immunity Immunity
Psyllium is that the reference drug for increasing water content of stool.
Cardiovascular Health Cardiovascular Health
Similar to the reductions in LDL-C and total cholesterol, the reduction in HDL-C is seemingly small in magnitude and certain not much to worry about.

Cardiovascular Health Psyllium and Cardiovascular Health

The cardiovascular system is responsible for blood circulation, which has the function of transporting nutrients and oxygen throughout the body. It consists of the heart and blood vessels. Cardiovascular diseases are caused by changes in the blood lipid profile, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart failure, genetic predisposition, overweight, stress, and others. The compounds that help cardiovascular health are those that normalize risk factors, such as cholesterol.
  • Cholesterol & Triglycerides

    Triglycerides and cholesterol are both types of fat present in blood. They play very important roles in the body, such as hormone metabolism and nutrient circulation. In order for them to function properly, they need to be at optimum levels - not too high neither too low. The primary way to keep those good levels is to have a healthy diet, with lots of fiber and balanced fats. But there are some nutraceutics that have been proven to help in this process in a very effective way.

Diabetes & Blood Sugar Psyllium and Diabetes & Blood Sugar

Blood sugar (or glucose) is the main sugar found in the blood. It comes from the food you eat, and is the body's main source of energy. The bloodstream carries glucose (with the help of a hormone called Insulin) to all of the cells of the body in order for them to live. There is a range of healthy glucose/insulin levels, if they get too high or too low the body responds quickly with unpleasant symptoms. And if those levels stay out of range you might develop chronic conditions like Type 2 Diabetes and others. That's why taking care of blood sugar levels is so important.
  • Blood Sugar Control

    The body's cells use glucose to produce energy. Glucose comes from food and is stored in the body in the form of glycogen (in the muscles and liver) or circulating glucose (in the blood). Cells need the hormone Insulin to capture glucose molecules. The glucose / insulin balance in the blood is essential for the proper functioning of the body's whole metabolism. A change in this metabolism can lead to serious physiological dysfunctions, leading to the development of chronic non-communicable diseases, such as type II diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. There are several classes of compounds that influence this metabolism, these can increase insulin synthesis and secretion, decrease blood glucose levels, reduce the immediate absorption of carbohydrates, regulate the sensitivity of cells to insulin, among others.

Immunity Psyllium and Immunity

The immune system is made up of cells, tissues and organs that act in the organism's defense against the harmful effects of external microorganisms. The supplements indicated for immunity act as strengthening agents of this system, increasing the antibodies production and, consequently, its defense activity.
  • Nutrient Issues

    The absorption and different uses for each nutrient is highly linked to the body's immune system, which is the set of chemical reactions that protect us from any ''intruder'' and susteins our vital functions. All the vitamins and minerals are essencial for the whole functioning of this system.

Weight Management Psyllium and Weight Management

Total body weight takes into account all body elements, such as organs, muscles, bones, fluids, fat, etc. The weight loss process depends on a negative energy balance (spending more calories than the ones consumed), but there are nutraceuticals that can help the body to increase this deficit. Among them, there are supplements like thermogenics, fibers, appetite suppressants, fat absorption blockers and some others.
  • Appetite Control

    Appetite include physical hunger, subjective appetite (desire to eat) and satiety. These aspects are controlled and regulated by hormones (leptin, ghrelin, serotonin, etc.) that act in the gastrointestinal tract and in the brain through negative feedback. In addition to hormones, appetite is also influenced by metabolic factors, hydration, blood glucose, intestinal motility, among others. The nutraceuticals that influence appetite are those that regulate the hormones involved, assist in satiety, benefit the gastrointestinal tract, improve blood glucose, among others.

Table of negative interactions

Acarbose, Acetohexamide, Chlorpropamide, Fludeoxyglucose F18, Glimepiride, Glipizide, Glyburide, Insulin, Insulin Aspart, Insulin Aspart Protamine, Insulin Degludec, Insulin Detemir, Insulin Glargine, Insulin Glulisine, Insulin Inhalation, Insulin Isophane, Insulin Lispro, Insulin Lispro Protamine, Insulin Regular, Insulin Zinc, Insulin Zinc Extended, Lactulose, Linaclotide, Lithium, Miglitol, Nateglinide, Rapid Acting, Repaglinide, Tolazamide, Tolbutamide
Rice, Flaxseeds, Cereals, Bread

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