Psyllium fibre is a soluble fibre used to treat problems relating to gastro intestinal mobility.
Psyllium grains are a very good source of mucilage. Psyllium comes from the Greek “psyllia”, which means flea. The grains, black or golden depending on the species, resemble tiny psyllids. Psyllium is a common additive to diets as a preventative for stress-induced diarrhoea.
Psyllium grains have a large water retaining capacity. It puffs up by capturing water and creating a gel that increases the viscosity of the contents of the intestine. Psyllium improves digestive transit and relieves constipation, by more regular advancement of faecal material and lubrication due to the psyllium gel.
The different species of psyllium (Plantago ovata,Plantago ispaghula) were originally found in India.