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Isabgol- The Colon cleanser


isabgolIsabgol (psyllium husks) a natural vegetable product in highly purified form is nature’s highest soluble fiber obtained from plantago ovata (Isabgol) seeds.It is a naturally healthy fiber and is not absorbed in the intestine. It has no known interaction with other drugs, and does not interfere with the absorption of vitamin and minerals.

This product is mainly used as a bowel regulator.Isabgol absorbs water and swells up to give increased bulk in the intestine. The fiber present in Isabgol is soluble in nature. This fiber is different from the other type of fibers such as wheat bran and cellulose, which are insoluble.

Isabgol is recommended for relief of problems associated with chronic constipation such as piles, fissures and fistulas. Isabgol helps to moisten the hard stools and brings down the burning sensation after defecation. It helps to reduce strain during defecation in persons suffering from cardio vascular diseases, hernia and pregnancy.

It also increases the moisture content of the stools. This promotes the normal peristaltic movements and the bowel mobility.The fiber present in Isabgol helps to control the blood cholesterol levels.

Isabgol also helps to prevent heart attacks by regulating the serum cholesterol. Isabgol forms a thin layer on the intestines and prevents the absorption of cholesterol in to the arteries. Thus the cholesterol levels in the body is maintained.

It also helps to regulate the blood glucose levels and insulin response by decreasing the absorption of fats and glucose.

Isabgol also helps to clean the gastro intestinal tract by removing the toxins present there along with the bulk. Thus the toxins are excreted from the body. Isabgol also helps to prevent indigestion, and flatulence. It removes any material, which may cause intestinal obstruction.

Isabgol helps to prevent lethargy and gives a feeling of well being and good health.

Isabgol forms a bulk on swelling, it is classified as a bulk-laxative. It is usually effective within 8-12 hours.
Isabgol should be stirred in a full glass of fluid such as water or juice, just before ingestion. Failure to consume sufficient fluid with a bulk laxative decreases its efficacy. Intake of the husk without fluids should be strictly avoided.

Consumed with water prior to meals, reduces consumption of fat and calories.

Recommended to supplement fiber deficient diet may be used 5 to 10 grams daily with a glass of water , syrup, milk, fruit-juice, salted curd or lassi. The Dosage can go up to three times a day as per individual requirements and One teaspoon daily at bedtime is also advised.

About Sanjana Shenoy

Sanjana M Shenoy is a A dietitian from Mangalore, Karnataka, India. Having worked as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India.She is also a consultant for corporate's like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows.She consults at her Diet and Nutrition clinic "Nutrihealth" in Mangalore.Also is a visiting consultant to various hospitals in and around Mangalore and also runs an active online consultation.

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137 Responses to Isabgol- The Colon cleanser

  1. Sanjana Shenoy November 4, 2015 at 12:42 am #

    Dear Ashok
    Isabgol can be used by the elderly. One tsp with atleast 250ml of water preferably at night before going to bed can help in relieving constipation.

  2. Ashok November 4, 2015 at 10:23 pm #

    Thank you.

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