Health benefits of Isabgol Husk
Isabgol husk or Psyllium seed husk is obtained from psyllium seeds. The plant of isabgol is native to India. This husk due to its laxative and other medicinal properties, it is widely used in the treatment of various gastro intestinal and other health related issues including constipation, IBS, diarrhea, diabetes, high cholesterol, asthma, headaches, dysentery, cardio vascular disease etc. Most of us do not get enough fiber from our diet and this deficiency of fiber may also result in problems like high cholesterol, chronic indigestion and even colon cancer. Isabgol is a good source of dietary fiber so you can take it to get an adequate amount of fiber. Given below are some benefits of consuming isabgol husk powder.
Health benefits of Isabgol
An Excellent Remedy for Constipation
It is very beneficial for people those who do not have their bowel movements regularly. If you are also having the same problem then mix 11/2 spoon of isabgol in a glass of hot milk and drink it before you go to your bed. This remedy will help induce proper bowel movement. Drinking a mixture which is prepared by mixing equal quantity of triphala churana and isabgol in hot water, will give you relief from constipation related symptoms such as bloated stomach, abdominal pain etc.
Lower High Cholesterol Levels
Isabgol is well known for its cholesterol lowering effects. It works by forming a thin layer on the intestines. This thin layer helps prevent the absorption of the cholesterol into the arteries. It also helps stimulate the formation cholesterol-lowering bile acids.
According to the researchers, isabgol is a good source of linoleic acid and alkaloids. Presence of these constituents makes it an ideal ingredient for lowering blood sugar levels.
You can also use husk to control your weight. Just drink a mixture of one or two teaspoons of husk and a glass of cold water before meal. This mixture will cut down the hunger pangs and will give you a feeling of fullness, hence you’ll eat less.
Apply of a paste prepared by combining husk and eucalyptus leaves of your forehead to get rid of annoying headache.
Put some isabgol in vinegar and apply this resultant paste onto the affected tooth.
Burning Sensation while Urination
Psyllium is also helpful in the treatment of various urinary problems including burning pain while urinating. To treat this problem, add 3-4 teaspoons of husk in a glass of water and have it.
Apart from this, you can also use this powder to get rid of bad breath, spasms, breathing problems like asthma, hemorrhoids, joint pain etc.
Note:- Take an expert advice of a physician or an ayurvedic medicine expert, before using husk for treating any health related issue.
These were some health benefits of isabgol husk. However, it does cause side effects so it would be better to consult with your doctor before taking it. Avoid it, before, during or just after pregnancy. Also, do not consume it if you are allergic to it.