Isabgol- The Colon cleanser


Isabgol (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

A dietitian from Mangalore, India. A post graduate diploma holder in “Dietetics” and a university topper from Welcomgroup School of Hotel Administration from the prestigious Manipal University. At present working as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India. Consultant for corporates like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows.

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129 Responses to Isabgol- The Colon cleanser

  1. Seema September 11, 2011 at 1:28 am #

    Hi Sanjana,

    Your blog is very informative. Very grateful to you for sharing the knowledge. My mother-in-law suffers from thyroid, high blood pressure and recently been diagnosed with Diabetes too. She’s been taking Isapgol for years for easy bowel movements but is unsure whether she can take it with her Diabetes tablets. Your advise will be highly appreciated. If you could recommend any other natural remedies for diabetes, I would be very grateful for your advice.

    Thank you,

  2. Sanjana - Dietitian September 25, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Hi Seema,

    Isabgol is safe with the medications for diabetes. In fact it helps to reduce blood sugars. But if she does experience low blood sugars, then I would ask you to reduce the intake of isabgol.

  3. vasu October 16, 2011 at 7:42 pm #

    iam 44 female with irritable bowel syndrome. Iam advised with isabgol. how long will it be safe to use this and wont it a habit

  4. sanvi December 13, 2011 at 11:15 am #

    mam i would really like to know the malayalam term for isabgol.

  5. Swapan January 9, 2012 at 12:38 am #

    I’m a 44 year male suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) with occasional symptoms of Colitis (pain). Can regular Isabgol intake reduce my problems? Kindly acknowledge. Thanks.



  6. chavan Hanamant January 22, 2012 at 11:13 am #

    I’m 64 year male, suffering frm ibs . some time due to gases urine is blocked. mucus ,present in stool. How ISAPGOL will help. pl.advise what should be dsose?

  7. pp January 23, 2012 at 5:48 pm #

    Thanks Sanjana ! for sharing this article.
    I wanted to know is, I’m suffering from constipation and acidity(heart burn,gas etc.)
    For these problems will ISAPGOl(Psyllium Husk) be beneficial, along with taking care of no reduction in weight at all.
    As I’m very thin, I want to gain weight, bt due to constipation, my body is not able to absorb the fats,proteins and required nutrients , no matter of plenty of water I’m drinking(1.5-3 liters daily)+juice+vegetables+fruits.

    Instead of taking all the required food for easy bowel movement, I’m failed.
    plz suggest me the way which can help me out.

  8. paul February 4, 2012 at 6:36 am #

    hi sanjana i m 44 year old . i have a high blood pressure from last 6 years . i take pills regular.
    is it any way i can take some of your advise to reduce my blood pressure.
    i belong to an indian origan, living in states.
    thank you

  9. dnyanesh February 23, 2012 at 2:56 pm #


    am 33 yrs old and my weight is 85kg ro reduce the weight i have started taking easbgol and taking morning between 10am to 12am ,4 to 6pm and 8pm to 10pm 2 tespo each time with 2 glass of water.

    Its tru that it prevents hunger but some times i fill heat in my stomck. also would like to inform you i have stoped taking dinner only taking 1 boul fat free corn flakes with milk and salad.

    REst breakfast and lunch i take it heavy. for suplimentry i have started rivital daily afternoon and evening alphalpha hoomeopathic tonic by dr retweaj.

    This practice am doing from last 14days but weight has not yet reduced. Pl advice on the same and advice am i on right track.

    pl awaiting your reply , also can send mail to me

  10. juhi March 1, 2012 at 8:06 am #

    mam is isabgol completely safe during pregnancy. plz help me as i m in my first trimester of pregnancy and really troubled by severe constipation.

  11. Sanjana - Dietitian March 3, 2012 at 10:41 pm #

    Hi Juhi,
    Isbagol is definitely safe during pregnancy. Please see that you have atleast 2 liters of water in a day too.

  12. Sonal April 8, 2012 at 11:39 pm #

    Hi, I wanted to know if it is safe to give Isabgol to 7 yrs old kids? My son has been complaining of stomach ache, the doctors did all the tests and found some constipation… Though I am trying to give him papaya on a regular basis, I still wanted to consult you regarding the same… Thanks

  13. Leela Paul May 16, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

    Hi, in order to reduce LDL, I am told that you should take Isabgol before lunch and before dinner. How much should one take? and how long before a meal should it be taken?

  14. Faize August 28, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

    Hi Sangana I am having a kidney stone & I am using homeopathic medicine & having ibs also….can I use isabgol with homeopathic medicine?

    thank u for ur advice

  15. Vidhya August 30, 2012 at 7:02 am #

    i am 32 years old and i am having acidity problem. My doctor has prescribed omeparole tablet and i am currently consuming omeprazole tablets everyday for past five months. I was told by a friend that isabgol can be taken also. Does isabgol control acidity problem also? If i have acidity / heart burn problem, can i have isabgol?

  16. Sanjana - Dietitian September 3, 2012 at 10:58 pm #

    Hi Vidhya,
    I would not suggest Isabgol to you as it can aggravate acidity problems. Preferable take soluble fiber from fruits and vegetables.

  17. Rihab September 5, 2012 at 10:39 am #


    I am at my early 38 and 73 KG, since past 3 years i m having cholesterol and its been controlled by taking lettuce with every dinner.

    My concern is that, is cholesterol completely curable ? and will it lead to heart decease too?

    Sometimes i m having discomfort it my chest… ! how can i feel comfort ?

  18. swathi September 6, 2012 at 11:02 am #

    Hi Sanjana…
    I am 25 year old and my weight is 65kg. can u help me out in reducing my weight with preferable diet. i am n intake of Isabgol daily. can u give me your suggestions please..

  19. Soumen datta November 2, 2012 at 9:52 pm #

    My son 4 yrs old. And he is suffering from constipation, can I use isabgool on him?

  20. Soumen datta November 2, 2012 at 9:57 pm #

    Hi sanjana,
    My 4 yrs son suffering from constipation. I want to use isabgool on him is it safe for him? And how it use on him?

  21. sakina February 16, 2015 at 8:48 pm #

    l want to how much dosage of isabgol for my son who is 8yrs

  22. Debbie soni April 7, 2015 at 5:18 pm #

    I was constipated this morn. I remembered I had a box of isabgol in my cupborad. It was open an ive had it for 7 yrs ! No sell by date on it. Is it safe to use?

  23. Freny Lakdawalla April 16, 2015 at 10:47 pm # grand daughter is hughly constipated n moves once in 8 to 10 days. Have started Isabgool since fifteen days n now moves once in three to four days . But since last twodays has got very bad runny nose n from today its blocked. Is it due to effect of Isabgool . Please advise soonest. Thanking you,

  24. simran April 20, 2015 at 8:56 pm #

    Hi I m 31year old and suffering from thyroid from last 6 years. Someone told me taking isabgol every day helps reducing the thyroid. Is it true????? Can you help me

  25. Kalpesh June 27, 2015 at 10:51 pm #

    I have a ulcerative colitis can I take is goal ?

  26. Santhosh July 15, 2015 at 5:21 am #

    Very informative! Some people say not to consume Isabgol tablets but do not know why tablets are bad. Can you please let me know why tablets should not be preferred

  27. Sanjana Shenoy August 7, 2015 at 7:27 pm #

    Dear Santhosh, tablets are processed while isabgol powder is in its natural form

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  29. Reem Malik August 15, 2015 at 5:13 am #

    Hello Sanjaya, my son is 12 years old and recently got ulcerative colitis and helicobacter. Many people told me to use Isbagol but I need to ask that how many times he can take it a day and will it help him or not. Thanks.

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