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Psyllium Applications

Psyllium Applications


There are various application of Psylliums and its products for Medical and industrial uses. In India, Psyllium has long been known for its healing properties and traditional uses.  Psyllium remedies for constipation and many other ailments have existed since long back. Main use of Psyllium is in pharmaceutical formulations as a lubricating laxative, considered useful in the treatment of intestinal tract problems like constipation and other minor disorders.

Use of Psyllium

Use of Psyllium

  • Psyllium is used for pharma preparations for lowering of cholesterol.
  • Psyllium husk and seeds can be consumed directly while Psyllium in powder form is used as an ingredient in the manufacture of various medicinal applications like effervescent and fibre foods.
  • Psyllium has traditionally also been a major component of Indian medicinal herbs used in Ayurvedic and Allopathic preparations.
  • Psyllium is known to soothe and protect inflamed cell membranes.
  • Psyllium’s anti-inflammatory activity is helpful with gastric ulcers and its binding properties are useful with treatments for diarrhea, hemorrhoids and cystitis, Cystitis can sometimes be caused by fecal bacteria from diarrhea that migrates up to the urethra.
  • Psyllium is useful during diarrhea because of its binding qualities and its ability to restore normal bowel move­ments.
  • Psyllium can also relieve chronic constipation with habitual straining that can often lead to hemorrhoids.
  • Intestinal spasms may be relieved by the anti-spasmodic property of Psyllium.
  • Psyllium is known to soothe and protect inflamed cell membranes.
  • Psyllium Husk has no calories of digestible value and is therefore often used in slimming products as it makes one feel full without really providing nutrition.
  • Psyllium husk is used in medical preparations in pharmaceutical. Psyllium Husks is valued for its Nutraceuticals, Medicinal application.
  • Western countries are the major users of Psyllium since the fibre content in their diet is usually very low.
Therapeutic Uses of Psyllium

Therapeutic Uses of Psyllium

  • Constipation: Psyllium relieves constipation. Psyllium speed the passage of stool through the digestive tract by softening the stool and attracting water thereby producing more bulk, which stimulates the transit of waste through the gastrointestinal tract.
  • Diarrhea: Psyllium can be used as a bulk-forming agent to help relieve mild to moderate diarrhea. Psyllium soaks up a significant amount of water in the digestive tract, thereby making stool firmer and, under these circumstances, slower to pass.
  • High Cholesterol: Soluble fiber psyllium husk have a cholesterol-lowering effect when added to a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet. Psyllium is quite effective in lowering total as well as LDL i.e. bad cholesterol - LDL levels, which can be helpful to those with high cholesterol and those at increased risk for developing hypercholesterolemia, such as people with type 2 diabetes.
  • Heart Disease: Incorporating high fiber foods such as psyllium enriched cereals into the diet may help lower heart disease risk.
  • High Blood Pressure: The addition of fiber, 12 grams of soluble fiber per day, particularly psyllium, may help lower blood pressure.
  • Obesity:  Medical studies suggest that psyllium may enhance the sensation of fullness and reduce hunger cravings. Use of Psyllium and other sources of fiber into the diet may aid weight loss.
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): Several studies have found that soluble fiber including psyllium helps to regulate stool frequency and consistency in people with IBS. Psyllium also has the additional advantages over other sources of fiber of reducing flatulence and bloating.
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD): In a study of people with ulcerative colitis, a type of inflammatory bowel disorder, psyllium seeds were as effective as the prescription drug mesalamine in decreasing recurrences of the disease. In addition, a physician may recommend the use of psyllium as a bulking agent for mild to moderate cases of diarrhea from either ulcerative colitis.

Psyllium Industrial Application

Psyllium Medical Use

Psyllium Medical Application

Psyllium Industrial Application

Psyllium Industrial Application

  • Psyllium is use to prevent landscaping, soil erosion. In pharmaceutical industry, psyllium is used as thickening agent during capsule formulation.
  • Psyllium can be used in food and beverages industry, in health drinks, beverages, ice cream, bread, biscuits, other bakery products, rice, cakes, jams, instant noodles, breakfast cereals etc., to improve the fiber content of the food and to increase the bulk of the food.
  • In food and beverage industry psyllium is use to Improves softness and body texture, to provide strength as binder and stabilizer.
  • Psyllium is used in breakfast cereals.
  • Psyllum is being used as a thickener in ice cream and frozen deserts.
  • Psyllium Husk may also be added to fresh fruit drinks or flavored drinks to improve the mouth-feel of the drink and make it richer and impart good consistency to it.
  • Psyllium is used for prevention of crumbling of solid ingredients due to moisture retention.
  • The viscosity of Psyllium mucilage dispersions are relatively unaffected between temperatures of 68°F to 122°F, by pH from 2 to 10 and by salt (sodium chloride) concentrations up to 0.15 M. These properties in combination with Psyllium's natural fiber characteristic may lead to increased use by the food processing industry.
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Psyllium for Animal Feed

Animal Feed

  • Psyllium is used for animal feed.
  • Psyllium seed husk contains 80 percent water-soluble fiber, it has the ability to capture and move sand through a horse's digestive system.
  • Psyllium is also used as horse feed, even foals feed without any harmful side effects.
  • Psyllium is used as a preventive for sand accumulation in animals mainly in sandy region.
  • To prevent choking when feeding Psyllium, a horse should have unlimited access to water, and horses that bolt their grain should be slowed down with large rocks in their feeders.
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Psyllium: Substitutes and Adulterants


Some species of plantago are the common adulterants. Seed and husk of Plantago major Linn, Plantago Lanceolata Linn. Plantago Psyllium Linn. and seeds of Lepidium sativum though differ in color and shape are used as adulterants or substitute to Isobgol. The husk is sometimes adulterated with parched powder rice.

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